Celebration of the Enthronement of King Mohammed VI of Morocco
Morocco is a unitary, parliamentary, and constitutional monarchy. It is ruled by the King as the head of state and government. Morocco has the term Throne Day, used to pertain to the celebration that commemorates the day of King Mohammed VI’s succession to the throne. In lieu of this, on 30th of July 2019 marks the 20th Anniversary of the enthronement of Mohammed VI. It is customary for the whole country to celebrate this event because the enthronement of the King is considered to be the regeneration of the commitment between the Moroccan people and the current monarch. It is also an excellent chance for the monarchy to showcase the achievements and accomplishments that had happened over the past year and report to the state about the challenges that the country has to face in the future.
Usually, King Mohammed VI gives a Throne Speech. The content of the Throne Speech is the full report about the current condition of the country; all that happened during the previous year and the discussion of the plans about the vision and future policies of the Kingdom for the succeeding years ahead. The speech is broadcasted through the official television network of the state. The speech of the King has to be addressed to the whole nation and the whole parliament so that the speech would be binding to its concern. It is expected that a lot of local and foreign delegations from different business sectors and government offices will be attending the event. Various leaders both locally and abroad are invited and expected to come as well in witnessing the King as he marks another year of success and accomplishments for the common good of Morocco.
Mohammed VI was born on the 21st of August 1963 in Rabat, Morocco. He was a second child and the eldest son of Hassan II, the former king of Morocco, and Lalla Latifa Hammou, his second wife. Mohammed VI has a strict education based on Islamic teachings and values. He graduated in Mohammed V University at Agdal obtaining his Bachelor’s Degree in Law and after that pursued further studies and had his Ph.D. in law with distinction at University of Nice Sophia Antipolis. When he became the king in 1999, Mohammed VI was determined to fight corruption and poverty by creating more opportunities for his fellowmen and promote the human rights of every Moroccan citizen. He is known as business savvy and a banker. He owned a lot of businesses in various fields like mining, agriculture, insurance, telecommunications, manufacturing, distributing and energy. He had the vision that Morocco should prosper economically because of global competition.
Over the earlier years, Morocco has developed itself to be a strong and afloat nation in the past two decades since the death of the former king. It has faced a lot of drastic changes and carried out various political reforms under the leadership of Mohammed VI. These changes benefitted the whole abiding citizens about the sanctification of human rights, equality, and democracy throughout the country. It has established a great sense of patriotism and nationalism among the Moroccan people; all those credits came from the hard work, dedication, and commitment of King Mohammed VI. The King had a vision in his mind that Morocco could be a lot better than before. His major projects include the convenience of the Moroccan people using different infrastructures, roads, businesses, railways, and airports to sustain a fast-paced economy. Due to this course of developments, trading and commerce bloom, paving their way in more investments to global investors coming from different parts of the world like the United States, European countries and other neighboring Arab countries.
Through the regime of Mohammed VI, Morocco flourished and became well known in Africa and in the MENA Region because of the rapid flow of sustainable development and political stability. Mohammed VI’s has a will power to make a difference in his governance by cleaning his slate and made the impossible became possible. He launched programs that will investigate and give justice to those who break the law and the poor victims of oppression. He paved the way for Morocco to be the gateway between Africa and Europe through exportation and trade industry. Mohammed VI made Morocco as one of the world’s eco-friendly countries as he keeps on pushing forward the use of green and renewable energy like solar, wind and hydro.
Morocco is known to have a rich and vibrant culture, tradition, religion, and heritage that were passed down from generations through generations. The country has been influenced by different nations as well through food, arts, way of living, language and much more. Since there are reforms under the leadership of Mohammed VI, Morocco has been tolerable for new ideas coming in and out of the walls of the country. Mohammed VI believed that through constant communication, mutual respect and compromise, the differences in values, tradition, and culture would build a stronghold in the evolution between the relationship of other nations and Morocco. The promotion of values and beliefs would be effective if there are open dialogue and broader fellowship between two parties.
It is the vow of Mohammed VI to sustain the value of life among his citizens and to improve the quality of life that they have into a much more meaningful one. It is the king’s duty to look after the welfare, well-being, commitment between him and his people and to sustain the living environment that they have in Morocco. There is a saying that the strength of a King is through his people and the people’s strength is through their king. King Mohammed VI had a clear vision of progress in mind because of his country and its people. Without these, all the things that the King planned throughout the years will be put into waste. It is only right and just that the people of Morocco commemorate the enthronement of their king because it is their affirmation for their loyalty, trust and full confidence that Mohammed VI will continue to be a living guarantor in making Morocco a country full of vibrancy, progress, and life.
20 years of Morocco’s Socio-Economic Transformations
The graph below presents how Morocco’s economy transformed in the span of 20 years starting from 1999 to 2019. The information was gathered through combined analytics from the High Commission for Planning (HCP), Moroccan Ministry of National Education ( MEN ), The Office National de l’Electricité et de l’Eau Potable (ONEE), Société Nationale des Autoroutes du Maroc (ADM), Agence National de Réglementation des Télécommunications (ANRT), Bank-Al-Maghrib (BAM), Office des Changes, Banque Mondiale.
According to HCP, Morocco’s main source of economic, demographic and social statistical data, the country’s GDP per capita rose from 14 505 DH/h to 31 426 DH/h, the poverty rate from 15,0% to 4,8% as of 2014, Illiteracy rate down from 50,0% to 32% (2014), Unemployment rate from 13,4% to 9,8%.
The Moroccan Ministry of National Education ( MEN ), the government agency tasked to develop and implement within the system of laws and regulations, government policy in the field of preschool, primary and secondary, the BTS training and Preparatory classes for the grandes écoles, and ensures, within the limits of its powers, state control over private school education presented that education for children from 6-11 years old rose from 79,0% to 99,5%.
A primary player in the water and electricity sector in the kingdom, the Office National de l’Electricité et de l’Eau Potable (ONEE is at the center of a strategic and important public service for the uplifting of the citizens of Morocco with regards to their living conditions and also the fiscal efficiency of the kingdom. The agency exhibited that rural electrification increased from 45,0% to 99,6% while the rate of access of the rural population to drinking water from 43,0% in 1999 to 96,6% in 2019.
Morocco’s network of Motorways is administered by the state-owned company Autoroutes du Maroc (ADM). As per its data, the motorway network increased from 342km to 1800km this year.
The public institution responsible for regulating and regulating telecommunications, Agence National de Réglementation des Télécommunications (ANRT) stated that mobile penetration saw a massive increase in 20 years from 10,0% to 127,0%.
The Bank-Al-Maghrib (BAM) on the other hand presented that the banking industry has risen from 27% in 2004 to 71% in 2017.
As per Office des Changes, the export revenue on automotive sector boost from 6MM.DH in 2001 to 65MM.DH in 2019.
The number of tourists according to Moroccan Tourism has gone up from 4 million to 12.3 million.
Lastly, Banque Mondiale exhibited that Morocco stepped up in world ranking in relation to doing business from 102 in 2006 to 60 in 2019.