The House of Representatives participated, Monday by videoconference, in the Parliamentary Forum on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, organized under the theme “the role of Parliament in better reconstruction for all”.
This Parliamentary Forum aims to create a space for dialogue and exchange of experiences and expertise between representatives of parliamentary institutions and other actors concerned with sustainable development. It will be sanctioned by a set of conclusions that will be submitted to the Arab Forum for Sustainable Development scheduled for 2022.
This meeting, which was attended by Ilham Saki, member of the bureau of the First Chamber, and Mohamed Chaouki, chairman of the Committee on Finance and Economic Development, was organized under the aegis of the Social and Economic Commission of United Nations for Western Asia (ESCWA), the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Islamic Development Bank (IDB), in cooperation with the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), said a statement from the House of Representatives.
During his intervention at the 2nd session of this Forum on “the response to the Covid-19 crisis: the role of parliaments in the representation and the development of laws”, Ilham Saki emphasized the changes induced by this conjuncture which has forced governments to take exceptional measures to protect public health, through legislative texts, policies and special programs aimed at dealing with the repercussions and impacts of the pandemic.
She felt that the spread of Covid-19 constituted a collective national challenge that mobilized all efforts to meet it, stressing that the far-sighted and anticipatory vision of King Mohammed VI, who gave His High instructions for the creation of a fund dedicated to the management of the repercussions of the pandemic and the measures and measures taken thereafter in accordance with the High Royal Directives, made it possible to chart a clear path for the federation of concerted national efforts between Parliament and the government and to lay down the bases of a holistic approach which channels the resources of all the authorities, public establishments and other actors.
Regarding the roles assumed by the House of Representatives during the pandemic, Ilham Saki, quoted in the press release, reaffirmed the House’s attachment to its constitutional missions in terms of legislation and control, and its openness to female citizens and citizens, adding that the legal texts establishing a state of health emergency have been adopted, as well as several legislative texts relating to the social and economic fields.
She recalled that the legislative work of the standing committees was also marked by great vitality during the period following the declaration of the state of health emergency.
Ilham Saki further underlined that despite the preventive and precautionary measures taken to reduce the presence and number of scheduled meetings, in accordance with the requirements dictated by this exceptional situation, like what is in force in the other parliamentary institutions, this situation has not affected, on a practical level, the continuity of the work of the standing committees in the Chamber and its active involvement in the accomplishment of the missions conferred on them by the Constitution in terms of legislation and control.
And the member concluded by calling for more mobilization, cooperation, flexibility and continuous adaptation to be at the service of society and its issues in various fields, and to place parliaments at the heart of the implementation. implementation of the objectives of the sustainable development agenda, despite unforeseen changes imposed by economic conditions and events.
For his part, Mr. Chaouki reviewed, as part of the third session of the forum, which focused on “the response to the Covid-19 crisis: the role of parliaments in the public budget and control”, the role of the House of Representatives and its reaction to the pandemic, noting that through the constitutional roles conferred on it, the Moroccan parliament has, since the start of the pandemic, approved the finance laws specific to each financial year and who have taken into account the challenges and repercussions of Covid-19 and placed the satisfaction of citizens’ needs and the achievement of the SDGs at the top of the priorities of the legislative and executive powers.
The president of the Finance and Economic Development Committee also highlighted the efforts of the First Chamber for the execution of socio-economic programs, plans and projects during the pandemic, recalling that the Moroccan parliament has adopted a bill. of additional finance in 2021, which included a battery of measures aimed at coping with the repercussions of the pandemic, consolidating and guaranteeing a set of rights, including the right to health, the right to social protection and the right to education .
In order to cope with the effects of the pandemic, the press release added, the House of Representatives approved social legislation, which relates to the establishment of exceptional measures for the benefit of employers affiliated to the National Social Security Fund (CNSS ) and those affected by the impact of the pandemic.
It also approved the framework law on social protection which is an essential prelude to the promotion of the human element as an essential link in any development process and the building of a society where social justice prevails. and spatial as part of a major societal project and a new social revolution, said the same source, noting that King Mohammed VI defined the foundations and traced the outlines in the speech delivered at the opening of the legislative session last October.
The statement noted that standing committees in the House of Representatives held a series of meetings to discuss the repercussions of the pandemic and follow up on explanations from government officials about measures taken to deal with Covid-19, which has made it possible to accelerate the pace of achievement of the SDGs and to contribute to the increase in the budget allocated to the social sectors (health, education and employment).
Mohamed Chaouki maintained that the Moroccan parliament made a significant and efficient contribution to the support and control of government action before and after the onset of the pandemic, through the monitoring of the various development programs despite all the challenges. posed by the health crisis