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Country Forecast Morocco Updater

  • ID: 2101490
  • June 2015
  • Region: Morocco
  • 17 Pages
  • The Economist Intelligence Unit

Social tensions, resulting from widespread disaffection with the formal political process, high joblessness and discontent with austerity reforms, will persist, leading to occasional popular protests and strikes. There is also an ongoing risk of attacks by Islamist militants on government or Western targets, with Moroccan fighters returning from conflicts in Syria and Iraq a particular source of concern for the authorities. However, neither of these will be sufficiently serious to pose a destabilising threat to the regime.

Although the constitution, adopted in 2011, was intended to strengthen the prime minister and parliament and give the judiciary more independence, the king, Mohammed VI, and his advisers will remain the ultimate decision-makers.

Sensitive reforms, especially the planned pensions overhaul, will under-mine the government's popularity. To build support ahead of parliamentary elections in 2016, the government will push ahead with measures to upgrade infrastructure, improve education and stimulate manufacturing and mining. However, progress will be held back by limited fiscal resources, inefficient bureaucracy and widespread nepotism and corruption. Cuts to subsidies on sugar, wheat and cooking gas could free up additional resources, but reform is unlikely until after the 2016 election at the earliest.

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Country Forecast Morocco Updater

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Policy towards private enterprise and competition
Policy towards foreign investment
Foreign trade and exchange controls
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Financing
The labour market
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