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Regional Committee of Casablanca-Settat on talks about the Action Plan for the Business environment in the year 2017

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The deliberation for the 2017 Action Plan will be carried out by a dedicated working group which is part of the Casablanca-Settat Regional Committee for the Improvement of the Business Environment.

One of the major topics of the discussion for the plan is the assessment of the feasibility of a free zone in Jorf Lasfar. The dedicated group for the development of the action plan was formed in the year 2015. It is characterized as the local form of the National Committee for the Business Environment in Casablanca-Settat. Since its inception, the committee has been organizing annual meetings in which all stakeholders will have the opportunity to comment on the variances in the field and discuss the future action plan.

The discussion is necessary to practice and observe transparency regarding the development of the action plan as well as the different concerns that need to be addressed accordingly. It is important to have a designated council who will study and monitor the progress of the programs and projects that are planned for the development of the Casablanca-Settat region. Among the points that came up in the deliberation were the creation of new zones for economic activities, the advancement of some areas such as leather in dedicated areas, or the amendment of the terms of payment of the tax in emergent territories. The idea in this regard is to allow the land reserve to be integrated with the activity as a whole and not to a given project.

There were no immediate answers from the wali of the region and president of CREA, Mr. Khalid Safir. On April 25, 2017, eight working groups were created in the wilayah of Casablanca-Settat, CREA’s action plan for 2017 foresees the establishment of eight working groups in charge of four responsibilities. These include the creation of a mediation platform to settle disputes between companies and regional public administrations without going through the judicial system. Second, the evaluation of the competitiveness and governance of this committee and the setting up of a dedicated portal financed in part by the World Bank. The third is the study of the feasibility of creating a free zone at the level of Jorf Lasfar. And last but not the least is the establishment of a regional business network.

Concerning the dematerialization of procedures, a partnership agreement was signed between the CREA Casablanca-Settat and Barid Al-Maghrib, as trusted third-party operator approved by the State to issue certificates of electronic signature. This dematerialization project is one of the priorities of the CREA, which has already set up Casa urba for planning authorizations and most recently Rokhas for commercial activities in 2016. At the meeting, the regional investment center presented its 2016 report. The Director General of the agency announced that the investment amount of projects accepted and approved by the regional investment commission had reached MAD37 billion. Sixty-eight percent of the investment will be allocated to the industry, and the construction industry will get MAD 8.6 billion from the total amount. According to the agency, the projects that are planned and are already started will contribute to the creation of 26,000 direct occupations.