The Moroccan government is revving up its digital ambitions with the approval of a “National Committee for Digital Development” to match the strides of the “National Strategy for Digital Development.”
Draft Decree No. 2.23.951 lays out the committee’s structure, functions, and operations, all geared toward establishing a framework that syncs with the national digital development strategy.
Breaking it down, the committee’s lineup, outlined in Article Three, is a three-pronged approach, involving representatives from governmental authorities, public institutions, and digitization experts.
The Ministry of Digital Transition and Management Reform takes on the perpetual secretarial role. In a nod to transparency, the draft decree allows any interested entity—governmental, legal, or private—to join in an advisory capacity, based on agenda relevance.
At the helm is the Head of government, flanked by representatives from critical governmental sectors like Interior, Economic and Financial Affairs, Vocational Training, Employment, Industry, Trade, Higher Education, National Defense, Investment, Budget, and digital transition.
Public institutions are also in the mix, with figures from the Digital Development Agency, National Transportation Regulatory Agency, and the National Committee for Monitoring the Protection of Personal Data.
The third facet involves professional bodies and experts, including the General Confederation of Moroccan Enterprises, Federation of Information and Communications Technology and Services Migration, Association of Users of Information Systems in Morocco, and the Moroccan Federation of Services Migration. Additionally, six experts appointed by the Prime Minister round out the digital brain trust, serving renewable three-year terms.
Article Four sets the committee’s tempo—meeting at least once a year and convening as needed under the chairman’s agenda. It also allows for the creation of specialized committees when required. Article Two delegates three crucial tasks to the committee: offering opinions and recommendations on the National Strategy for Digital Development, proposing measures to enhance its effectiveness, and conducting interim evaluations.
The permanent clerk, appointed by the head of government, takes on vital responsibilities—crafting meeting agendas, preparing draft proposals, maintaining records, archiving documents, and tracking the implementation of suggestions and recommendations.