Moroccan Ambassador to France and President of the Special Commission on the New Development Model (CSMD), Chakib Benmoussa flew today from Rabat to Paris and more precisely to the Maison du Maroc in order to present and exhibit the CSMD during a long debate meeting organized by the Council of Experts of Moroccans Around the World (MDM) as well as several associative structures of MDM, on the subject : ” Morocco’s new development model, freeing up energies ” the general report of the CSMD.
But it is not alone who took his pilgrim’s staff to do the work of pedagogy in this arduous exercise. He was supported by members of the commission, Messrs Rachid Benzine, Hamid Bouchikhi and Ahmed Bounfour. The president of the CSMD highlighted the richness and diversity of the profiles of MDMs, underlining their “extremely appreciable” economic and social contribution, notably through their transfers (7% of GDP). Moreover, the report of the Special Commission on the new development model which aspires to mobilize the capacities of all Moroccans recommends fully integrating Moroccans of the World (MDM) in the development of their country of origin, facilitating and promoting on a large scale their contribution and capitalize on their skills, explained Chakib Benmoussa.
The CSMD report explained to our compatriots, the Moroccans of the World is based on the identity and millennial history of Morocco and offers a vision of the Morocco of tomorrow, said the president of the CSMD. Chakib Benmoussa further indicated that the report is mainly based on the values of openness and dialogue that characterize the Kingdom, which allows Moroccan citizens to enjoy a renewed citizen identity. The report fixes the stages of a new march towards new horizons defines strategic choices, as it evokes the mechanisms of follow-up and mobilization of all the actors concerned and of all the citizens, he underlined. Chakib Benmoussa presented the report at length, which nevertheless has 170 pages, summarizing it as clearly as possible, calling for a shift to the mobilization of all the country’s potential by putting “people” at the heart of public policy priorities.
From the inventory, Chakib Benmoussa brought out a gloomy diagnosis, to say the least, which consisted in identifying the causes of failure and difficulties and in making an inventory of achievements, weaknesses and potential margins for improvement. The report also highlighted a lack of vertical coherence between the development vision and the public policies announced and the weak horizontal convergence between these policies. The observation also pointed out that governance does not always live up to its role, the limits of the public sector and the slowness of the structural transformation of the economy.
Benmoussa advocated for this fact to free private initiative and entrepreneurship, to improve the competitiveness of the productive fabric, to orient the investment of the private sector, large groups and SMEs, towards promising and future sectors and towards the move upmarket of productive systems, and to promote the social economy. On the basis of these arguments, Benmoussa builds a presentation full of promises for a radiant Morocco of tomorrow as soon as the implementation, the main challenge to the success of the new model, has been taken up. An implementation requiring management capable of creating the conditions for ownership by all stakeholders and ensuring the monitoring of the achievements of the 4 strategic development axes, namely the economy, agriculture, tourism, and education / health.
For, Hamid Bouchikhi, for whom the CSMD report marks the “course” for a Morocco which is experiencing a “click” in its development process by calling for this issue to be erected as a “sacred cause” for all Moroccans both inside the Kingdom and abroad is also a “triple Copernican revolution”. Indeed, “it places the citizen at the center of the State’s interest, marks a methodological breakthrough through listening to citizens and the decentralization of decision-making processes, the transfer of skills and the empowerment of actors”. He further developed the crucial question of the “collective will” for change as a “key” element of development, in the light of the successful experiences of several countries around the world, especially in Asia.
For his part, Rachid Benzine underlined that after the formulation of ideas and visions, the hour was at most difficult through the “passage from text to actions”. The other question, according to him, was in the passage to the act which is based on “a strong and strategic State” and “a strong and free civil society”, related to the modalities and modes of operation of the actors, the State and its institutions, in this case and their role in an increasingly complex world, society and economic actors.
The conference-debate which followed the long presentation by Chakib Benmoussa, also offered the opportunity to discuss Morocco’s new ambitions by 2035 and was marked by a difference in the sensitivity of the audience present, hence the democratic character. and the richness of a debate, as never seen before. To each his own impertinence and skills, we were able to express ourselves as freely, sometimes even asking questions on questions that could have annoyed in other times and other places. The large attendance for the occasion was made up of Moroccans from around the world in France and from different backgrounds and skills. The main lines of the new development model were raised and we had the opportunity to see a Moroccan diaspora of which we can only be proud of by its knowledge and its ability to have raised the level of debate, a debate where a lot of things have been said on both sides and in all frankness and sincerity. We looked each other in the eyes and arguments against arguments we defended the best. No ! the elitism of our MDMs has nothing to envy that of others.