Democratize access to public procurement to improve the business climate

Democratizing participation in public procurement is necessary to improve the business climate in Morocco, said economist Mehdi El Fakir, specializing in the evaluation of public policies. The issue of public procurement must be treated as a strategic lever for economic and social development, with a comprehensive approach covering all links in the value chain, underlined Mr. El Fakir, on the occasion of the adoption on Wednesday of the national business environment policy (PNEA) covering the period from 2021 to 2025. To this end, he made it known that this policy undoubtedly represents one of the main determinants of the country’s economic activity considering, in this sense, that it will have to be “democratized”, in particular through qualitative incentives, such as labels, reports the MAP. He also indicated that this policy, adopted by the National Business Environment Committee (CNEA), confirms, above all, the Kingdom’s choice in terms of economic policies, particularly in terms of openness to foreign partners. and also the internationalization of the various economic operations. In the opinion of Mr El Fakir, strengthening cooperation between all stakeholders in the public and private sectors and removing barriers to access to support the growth of the national economy, remain crucial, in order to achieve this national policy. And to support that an integrated operationalization of digital is necessary in this direction, in particular through the acceleration of the digitization of administrations at the service of the citizen and the improvement of the governance and the sovereignty of the digital sector for a better performance of the business environment. According to Mr El Fakir, unleashing the country’s growth potential first and foremost involves improving and cleaning up the business environment and setting up public regulatory bodies in order to set the rules of the game that must govern the proper functioning. of the market economy to avoid all types of abuse. It is in this sense that he recalled that small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) represent 95% of the national economic fabric, hence the need to understand the issues and opportunities that shape their future and, by extension, contribute to strengthening the business climate in the country. He also observed that the efforts made in this direction must be pursued to the end, so that the economic and social benefits of the reforms associated with the development of the business climate are more noticeable.