Electricity consumption is staying the course, Conjuncture: Omicron increases the doubt of the bosses, the Customs administration breathes a new dynamic, trade and commercial services are recovering, big winners of tax exemptions, tourism: The ODT calls to an institutional social dialogue, health: A memorandum of understanding to promote the local manufacture of medical devices, Morocco has proven its ability to defend its interests free from any escalation, OMPIC: 124,514 negative certificates issued at the end of November, Al Hoceima region: The disability prevalence rate at 5.1% in 2014, cold snap: All the necessary proactive measures have been taken (Minister of Health), DGSN in 2021: exceptional financial aid for the benefit of 85 officials police officers and their dependents suffering from serious illnesses …, here are the main headlines of the national press published on Wednesday, December 29, 2021:
Electricity consumption stays the course
National electricity demand reached 37.13 terawatt-hours (TWh) at the end of November, increasing 6.1% compared to 2020, according to statistics from the National Office for Water and Electricity (ONEE ). A catching-up effect compared to a year 2020 marked by the drop in consumption but not only since the increase could even exceed what was achieved in 2019. In any case, 2021 could end with an increase of 6.8%. Most sectors are supporting the recovery in electricity consumption, especially industry. The demand for electricity in this sector increased by 11.2%.
Conjuncture: Omicron increases the doubt of the bosses
While the decline in coronavirus contamination and the performance of the economy (6.7% growth expected in 2021) are giving rise to renewed optimism about the future, the emergence of the omicron variant and its rapid spread around the world break the mood. After a clear improvement in the business climate in the non-financial market services sector in the 3rd quarter, 3/4 of executives anticipate an increase or stability in overall activity in the 4th quarter, according to the HCP economic survey. On the other hand, the outlook is dim for companies operating in the tourism industry. The sector is one of the big losers in the return of health restriction measures.
The Customs and Indirect Taxes Administration (ADII) breathes new life into its customer relationship management model
Customs announces in this regard the provision of professional groups and economic operators of “Client advisers”. The latter will be responsible for supporting and advising them in a personalized and permanent manner. “This new organization aims to further consolidate the proximity approach decided by the ADII with regard to professional associations and economic operators, by boosting the system already in place and by personalizing the Council and assistance by sector. ‘activity’, can we read in a circular from the ADII.
Trade and market services are recovering
Positive expectations have been expressed by business leaders in the non-financial market services sector. Professionals expect, for the 4th quarter of the year, an increase in overall activity. A testimony noted in the context of the quarterly economic surveys of the High Commission for Planning (HCP). At a time when 42% of respondents predict a recovery in activity in the said sector, 34% expect stability.
Big winners from tax exemptions
Weakening of industrial added value, imbalance in the nature of the real estate offer and its geographical distribution, creation of tax loopholes, lack of impact on investment and job creation, these are essentially some “perverse” effects, noted by an Oxfam report called “Tax exemption, the great shortfall: Agriculture, Real estate, Private education”. Tax gifts that represent a shortfall of nearly 29 billion dirhams for the state coffers, divided between 302 tax exemptions, i.e. double the budget allocated to Education and Health. A situation which represents a major budgetary stake for the Kingdom and whose debate to limit their extent dates back more than two decades.
Tourism: ODT calls for institutional social dialogue
Faced with the recession in the tourism sector, a report by the Democratic Organization of Tourist Transport in Morocco and the Democratic Organization of Restaurants and Cafes, two unions affiliated to the Democratic Labor Organization (ODT), proposes a series of actions and concrete measures: an institutional social dialogue, a national conference on tourism as well as a dedicated special fund would allow, according to the two organizations, to see the end of the tunnel.
Health: A memorandum of understanding to promote the local manufacture of medical devices
A memorandum of understanding aimed at the development of industrialization and local sourcing of medical devices and health products was signed on Tuesday in Rabat, between the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the Ministry of Health and social protection, the Moroccan Association of Health Groups (AMGS) and the Medical Cluster (CM). This protocol follows a first agreement signed in September 2021 between the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the CM and the Mohammed VI University of Health Sciences (UM6SS) which allowed the local production of medical devices, in particular pedestal tables, serum brackets, ambulatory chairs and swabs for PCR test, acquired by the Cheikh Khalifa International University Hospital in Casablanca.
Morocco has proven its ability to defend its interests safe from any escalation
Morocco has proven its ability to defend its interests safe from any form of overbidding, said Lebanese journalist and writer Khairallah Khairallah, explaining that the year 2021 was a Moroccan success story par excellence, achieved despite all the difficulties. that the world is going through, especially in light of the new wave of spread of the Covid-19 pandemic. In an article published Monday in the London newspaper “Al-Arab” under the title “Morocco 2021: A success story”, the Lebanese journalist explained that the importance of this success lies in the fact that it was not isolated, linked to a particular year or to a single event as much as it is cumulative in nature spread over the entire map of the Kingdom, including the southern provinces.
OMPIC: 124,514 negative certificates issued at the end of November
The Moroccan Industrial and Commercial Property Office (OMPIC) issued a total of 124,514 negative certificates (CN) between January and November 2021, a growth of 26% compared to the same period of the year 2020. Certificates Negatives granted for the intention to create legal persons represent 93% of the total certificates issued, i.e. 115,869, while the intentions to create signs constitute 7% of the total certificates issued with 8,645, the Office specifies in its latest bulletin. on industrial and commercial property in Morocco.
Al Hoceima region: The disability prevalence rate at 5.1% in 2014
The disability prevalence rate in the Tangier-Tétouan-Al Hoceima region is around 5.1%, according to the results of the 2014 General Population and Housing Census. In 2014, the number of people in situation of disability amounted to 181,111 people in the region of Tanger-Tétouan-Al Hoceima, or 5.1%, indicates the regional direction of the High Commission for Planning (HCP) of Tanger-Tétouan-Al Hoceima in a note by information on people with disabilities in the region. The prevalence of disability is relatively higher in rural areas (5.4% or 76,852 people) than in urban areas (4.9% or 104,259 people), specifies the note, adding “we do not observe significant differences in this prevalence between women (5.2% or 87,504 women) and men (5.0% or 93,607 men) ”.
Cold snap: All necessary proactive measures have been taken (Minister of Health)
The Minister of Health and Social Protection, Khalid Aït Taleb, assured that all the proactive and emergency measures necessary in favor of the populations confronted with the wave of cold and snowfall. In response to an oral question in the House of Representatives on “the measures taken to mitigate the effects of cold for sick people and pregnant women in mountainous and remote areas”, the Minister stressed that in accordance with the High Royal Guidelines, the Ministry of Health takes preventive and exceptional measures aimed at providing medical assistance to the populations in the said areas. Measures, he said, which fall within the framework of the program to reduce territorial and social disparities in rural areas and mountainous areas (2017-2023), to the financing of which the ministry is making a contribution from the around 1 billion dirhams.
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DGSN in 2021: exceptional financial aid for the benefit of 85 police officers and their dependents suffering from serious illnesses
The Director General of the National Security has ordered, as part of the social and health initiatives intended for the family of the National Security for the year 2021, the payment of exceptional financial aid for the benefit of 85 beneficiaries among the police officers and their dependents suffering from serious and costly illnesses. In a press release, the Directorate General of National Security (DGSN) indicates that its Inspectorate of Health Services has examined the health files of beneficiaries as well as the financial charges resulting therefrom and in fact submitted recommendations to the Director General of the National security which decided to grant financial aid of up to 20,000 DH for each beneficiary.