Samir’s political record and ethical and legislative challenges facing the hydrocarbons sector

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Saturday 22 October 2022 – 19:00

University professor Mohamed Benmoussa stated that the hydrocarbons file and Samir’s file are “more political than an economic and financial file related to the energy sector”, and pointed out that “the way out of the impasse is only in the hands of the government”.

Benmoussa explained, at a conference organized by the Democratic Confederation of Labor, under the title “Fuel prices and oil refining in Morocco”, on Saturday, that getting out of this crisis related to the Samir dossier requires “ceiling profits and fuel prices”. in the domestic market, and restarting the refinery by buying the company or losing its assets.” for the state”.

The former member of the Model Development Commission considered, in his speech, that the hydrocarbon file faces a set of challenges, “to which are added moral challenges related to political actors present in the executive branch.” presidency of the government has a conflict. These files were required to be excluded from the government, which makes decisions on the matter.”

Benmoussa also pointed out that “the leaders of some political parties make commitments in the electoral campaigns, but do not work to fulfill them”, referring in this context to the promises made by the Authenticity, Modernity and Independence Party, since they “promised to restore activity of the Samir Refinery, and they spoke that the sector is characterized by greed, however today they have not respected their commitments while they are in the executive power from within the government”, he said. .

The same spokesman has pointed out that the Samir Oil Refinery file is “a symbol of contemporary Morocco”, for which he states: “Either democracy will triumph, or income and corruption will triumph”, stressing that “everyone must assume their responsibility, especially the officials in the political and administrative decision-making wheels, since they have to assume responsibility before the country, the Moroccans, the king and history”.

The university professor recorded that this file faces challenges, among which the legislative one stands out, since the National Front for Salvation of the Samir Refinery presented two bills through some party and union instances, but the previous government rejected them, for so the two proposals were presented again, “but the current government refused to schedule them.”

The file also faces the challenge of public governance, according to the same spokesperson, pointing out that the recent opinion of the Competition Council “left gray areas that were not answered”, noting that the report “spoke of profits since 2018, when it was It is necessary to talk about 2016, and that the cost of importing materials for the most powerful company in the market far exceeds the import of a very modest company, and that is one of the miracles of the report”, he said.

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