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Moroccan King Approves Military-Linked Bills

Moroccan King Approves Military-Linked Bills

Wednesday, 8 July, 2020 - 10:00
King Mohammed VI heading his cabinet in the royal palace in Rabat, and the Crown Prince sitting by his side (MAP)
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Morocco’s King Mohammed VI, also Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Armed Forces (FAR), has approved three bills and one draft decree on military affairs

While chairing the cabinet session on Monday evening at the Royal Palace in Rabat, the King approved the first bill on cybersecurity, which aims at establishing a legal framework to reinforce the security of information systems in state administrations, municipalities, public institutions and enterprises, as well as public telecommunications infrastructures of vital importance.

The second bill was on defense and security equipment and supplies, including weapons and ammunition. It aims at legalizing the activities of manufacturing, trade, import and export, transport and transit of these supplies and equipment by establishing an authorization system that documents, tracks, and controls these operations.

According to observers, the bill gives the green light to manufacture weapons and defense equipment, and grants licenses to allow their export, which is considered a qualitative shift in Morocco’s defense and security policy.

The third bill amends the law on Morocco’s military reserve force.

It targets integrating reserve officers in public facilities and companies who have received initial military training within one of FAR’s facilities.

Meanwhile, the draft decree approved by the King is on reorganizing the Royal Air School in Marrakech.

It aims to enable national air carrier Royal Air Maroc (RAM) to benefit from FAR’s expertise in terms of aeronautical training.

It demands establishing a contractual framework between the Administration of National Defense and RAM, in order to enable the Royal Air School to train airline pilots.

The cabinet also approved 11 bilateral and multilateral international agreements, nine of which are backed by legal frameworks.

The bilateral deals include one on establishing a partnership between the United Kingdom and Morocco, following Brexit, another one on partnership for cultural cooperation and development between Morocco and France, as well as bolstering cooperation with some friendly countries in the commercial, economic, judicial, technical, scientific, cultural, military and technical fields.

The multilateral agreements tackled the founding treaty for the establishment of the African Medicines Agency and the automatic exchange of information on financial accounts.

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