In the short game of oral questions to the Executive in the House of Representatives, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans Living Abroad, Nasser Bourita, as soon as he returns from Malabo (Equatorial Guinea, AU Summit ), was most optimistic about the progress of Operation Marhaba 2022, scheduled between mid-June and mid-September.
” It will be exceptional on more than one level “, declared to the deputies Nasser Bourita, specifying that the main measures taken with regard to this Marhaba 2022 operation, by its supervision with the other services and departments concerned, are coordinated so that they are appropriate on several orientations. The different axes relate to the correction of the quality of consular services to support the return operation of the Moroccan diaspora after two years of interruption following the episode of Dame Covid and even a little more..
At the level of the ministry, we will ensure the establishment of a monitoring unit for monitoring the transit operation and coordination with the host countries (France, Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Italy, etc.), we will will exceptionally mobilize civil servants from the department of Moroccans residing abroad for the reception of MREs during the period of this phase.
Nasser Bourita has, in this sense, announced the opening of mobile consulates in the various ports of Sète, Genoa and Algeciras to support MREs and to bring consular services closer to members of the Moroccan community throughout the operation and strengthening the human capital of consular services in host countries during this period.
It is a question of permanently mobilizing civil servants for the entire duration of the transit operation, including weekends and public holidays. There are also plans, as usual, to hold open days in order to facilitate access for MREs to the various services and to strengthen the call center dedicated to them with the aim of providing them in different languages with all the information they need. need.
Responding to a question from a member of Parliament about the possible opening of consulates in order to avoid distant travel for our compatriots, Nasser Bourita indicated that his department was working on other methods and solutions more in phase and adapted to our time (new technologies) in order to avoid any displacement.
For the crossing, said Nasser Bourita, 32 ships were mobilized for the operation this year, with the possibility of booking trips in advance to get an idea of the movements of MREs in advance.
To another question about ticket prices which have practically doubled, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans Living Abroad replied without making any promise that his department was watching over this issue to find a solution.
Regarding the air, Bourita said that the number of flights has been increased, with the strengthening of the existing offer and the opening of new lines to meet the demand on certain destinations. For road enthusiasts, the Minister noted that new road transport companies have been authorized to transport MREs from Europe, with the establishment of a dedicated guide.
A budget of 200 million dirhams has been allocated to the rehabilitation of ports, including 157 million dirhams at Tanger Med port, he said, adding that on royal instructions, the Mohammed V Foundation for Solidarity has set up a program for the upgrading of infrastructures such as 20 reception centres, including 14 on national territory and six in Almeria, Algeciras, Motril, Sète, Marseilles and Genoa. In addition, the human system put in place will be reinforced by 1,200 employees, including 300 medical managers, 800 social workers and 100 volunteers to carry out this operation dear to all Moroccans.
The health security side was not left out. The Minister thus assured that all resources have been mobilized to do so. It is thus, he said, that on the health level, the authorities have established a flexible health protocol, which consists of the presentation of a vaccination pass or a negative PCR test during the 72 hours preceding travel in accordance with the provisions of the host country.
Similarly, a doctor and an isolation space will be deployed within the various naves reserved for Operation Marhaba 2022. That said, the Minister took advantage of his time in the hemicycle under the perch where the third vice-president, Driss Chtibi (USFP), to announce that the one-stop shop for MREs will be reopened in administrations and public services in Morocco and that the national day of MREs will be celebrated as usual on August 10 with, in addition, the development of a diversified cultural program throughout the summer period, particularly in Tangier where around fifty young people are expected.