Morocco’s King Mohammed VI appointed the Moroccan ambassador to France, Chakib Benmoussa, and former interior minister as president of the special committee in charge of the kingdom’s new development model, declared the royal court.
The announcement came after the King met with Benmoussa at the royal palace in Rabat.
Back in July, the Monarch announced on Throne Day to address the needs of Morocco’s growing and modernizing population, adding that it would be separate from the government.
The special committee will consider serious reforms in education, health, agriculture, investment, and taxation. It is also expected to make suggestions on how to improve reforms the government has already put into place and increase their effectiveness.
King Mohammed VI explained that the committee would include competent and impartial representatives and experts from a range of fields and industries, including prominent Moroccans from the public and the private sectors.
“I should like to emphasize, in this regard, that the said committee will not serve as a second government or be a parallel official institution. This is an advisory body with a specific time-bound mission,’’ said King Mohammed VI.
Born on February 24, 1958, Benmoussa graduated as an engineer from the Polytechnic School of Paris in 1969 and received a Masters degree in science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge in 1983, as well as a postgraduate diploma in project management from the Institute of Construction Management three years later.
He assumed a number of official positions from 1983 until 2002 when he served as Deputy Secretary-General of the Ministry of Interior.
In 2006, Benmoussa was assigned as interior minister in the government of Driss Jettou and remained in position until 2010. Later in 2011, he was assigned as the head of the social economic and environmental council before being appointed Morocco’s Ambassador to France in December 2012 until he was assigned as head of the new development model.