The adoption of the Finance Law 2021 was an opportunity for elected officials to strengthen the government mechanism for encouraging Moroccan products and its corollary, the principle of national preference. Several clauses will, in fact, be changed in the specifications relating to suppliers to the State and local authorities, with a view to integrating SMEs, cooperatives, and individual entrepreneurs in public procurement. It must be said that the mitigation of the economic impact of Covid-19, necessarily passes by the improvement of the access of VSEs and SMEs and other categories of operators, to the public market.
The unprecedented health crisis that the country is going through has pushed the government to put in place an action plan with the objective of boosting the morale of operators and to allow national production to continue during this stage of the crisis. “Encouraging the use of the national product and the access of SMEs to the public market is a fundamental pillar to improve the competitiveness of the national product, which will create jobs,” says the latest parliamentary report on this subject.
Read more about the encouragement of local production by the Morrocan government and find the latest economic news with the Born2Invest mobile app.
New clauses approved
The new mechanism, adopted as part of next year’s budget, indicates that in addition to VSEs and SMEs, unions of cooperatives and individual entrepreneurs will be concerned by the implementation of the principle of national preference. The comparison between the bids of bidders for public procurement will therefore be based on the nationality of operators, interested in the bid, with a double scale of comparison established for contracts with a value not exceeding $11 million (100 MDH) and those with a value exceeding $11 million (100 MDH).
The new requirements include orders relating to market studies. The main novelty concerns public institutions that are not yet governed by the decree on state contracts and “which are called upon to accelerate the transposition of the standards of national preference in their systems for processing tenders. The encouragement of the national product will be ensured by broadening the sectors concerned by the application of the national preference, mainly handicraft products, and to indicate explicitly in the specifications for suppliers’ contracts that Moroccan quality standards will have the same value as those accepted at the international level. A restrictive list of imported products will be established and will be accepted only if the national product does not meet the requirements imposed by Moroccan standards. “Firms that win contracts will be required to provide documents attesting to the origin of the commodities used in the final production of their products, including invoices and certificates of origin,” says the new framework for processing tenders. Additional requirements will also be imposed on project holders who have been approved to enter into supply contracts with the State and other legal entities under public law, including obtaining an administrative certificate covering all the necessary grounds that obliged the supplier to use imported products.
A threshold of $11 million (100 MDH) has been established for supply contracts that will require prior approval by a special commission to be chaired by the Minister of Economy and Finance for contracts concluded by public administrations and public institutions. This commission will include representatives of the Equipment and Industry Departments, as well as the project leader. A second commission, chaired this time by the Department of the Interior, will also be formed for local authority contracts worth more than $11 million (100 MDH) and will have to decide on all projected contracts. “These two commissions take their decisions by majority on the basis of a detailed study of the project leader, within a month”. The two government commissions, which will be set up, will also be obliged to motivate all decisions to be taken, mainly for supply contracts that opt for imported products.
DISCLAIMER: This article was written by a third party contributor and does not reflect the opinion of Born2Invest, its management, staff or its associates. Please review our disclaimer for more information.
This article may include forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements generally are identified by the words “believe,” “project,” “estimate,” “become,” “plan,” “will,” and similar expressions. These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks as well as uncertainties, including those discussed in the following cautionary statements and elsewhere in this article and on this site. Although the Company may believe that its expectations are based on reasonable assumptions, the actual results that the Company may achieve may differ materially from any forward-looking statements, which reflect the opinions of the management of the Company only as of the date hereof. Additionally, please make sure to read these important disclosures.
First published in LesEco.ma, a third-party contributor translated and adapted the article from the original. In case of discrepancy, the original will prevail.
Although we made reasonable efforts to provide accurate translations, some parts may be incorrect. Born2Invest assumes no responsibility for errors, omissions or ambiguities in the translations provided on this website. Any person or entity relying on translated content does so at their own risk. Born2Invest is not responsible for losses caused by such reliance on the accuracy or reliability of translated information. If you wish to report an error or inaccuracy in the translation, we encourage you to contact us.
French National Bank to Test a CBDC Digital Currency
The largest CBDC trial to date was just launched by the French central bank. France is the largest eurozone country...
Heuristik Opens its Capital to Make the Leap to Europe and the U.S.
Heuristik has already committed the support of two business angels of Spanish origin, whose names have not been disclosed. In...
Omers Acquires 49% of the Australian Subsidiary of Fotowatio
OMERS Infrastructure's global renewable energy holdings include Leeward Renewable Energy, a growth-oriented renewable energy company that owns and operates a...
Has Your Company Had an IPO Recently? Here’s How to Decide Whether to Hold or Sell Your Stock
In 2021, many companies with IPOs saw huge increases in their stock prices in a short time, adding millions in...
The Exodus of Chinese Miners Leads to New Electricity Tariffs in Russia
Many conditions make Russia ideal and attractive for mining cryptocurrencies. It is one of the countries with the highest electricity...
Biotech2 weeks ago
Canada’s Hidden Health Crisis: Is This Company the Only One Paying Attention?
Cannabis2 weeks ago
The First Bottles of Medical Cannabis Oil Delivered to Patients in Jujuy, Argentina
Cannabis1 week ago
Malta Might Soon Legalize Private Cannabis Consumption
Featured2 weeks ago
Carbon Emissions: the Levy Under the Paris Agreements