Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane - Moroccan Politics Club Leads Second Edition of the Youth Political Participation & Development Forum

Moroccan Politics Club Leads Second Edition of the Youth Political Participation & Development Forum

On February 21-23, the Moroccan Politics Club (MPC) organized the second edition of the Youth Political Participation & Development Forum, in partnership with Konrad Adenauer Stiftung and the Al Akhawayn Foundation. The conference gathered more than 100 participants from over 19 cities to discuss the theme of “Youth Political Participation and Development.”

 

Participants had the chance to attend two panel discussion of seven different speakers with diverse backgrounds: Omar Bendjelloun, Najib Akesbi, Abdelghani Ziani, Saloua Zerhouni, Mohammed Masbah, Yasser Tamsamani, and Nidal Cherkaoui.

 

Attendees also had the opportunity to draft recommendations regarding the new Moroccan development model. During the drafting process, participants were divided into three committees, where they debated what constitutes a crucial issue and came up with several challenges by following a research methods template drafted by AUI faculty.

 

In the ‘Economic & Development’ committee, participants focused on the simplification and modernization of tax reform, the regulation of merchandise trafficking with Ceuta and Melilla, and the enhancement of financial inclusion. The ‘Social and Cultural’ committee highlighted inclusive quality education for all, youth’s vision for ending administrative corruption, media and laws, Moroccan identity crisis, and minorities in educational curriculum. The ‘Governance and Political Reform’ committee focused on communication issues, lack of transparency in decision-makers' appointment, political parties’ practices, and incompetency within the selection criteria of policymakers.

 

Each of the issues discussed by committees were drafted into policy briefs and recommendations, which were presented and discussed with the rest of the forum attendees. These recommendations will be submitted to members of the new development commission to actively contribute in their decision-making process about the future of Morocco.

 

The AUI’s MPC aims to raise awareness about political, social, and economic issues in Morocco by promoting discussion in a framework that guarantees respect of differences opinions and freedom of speech. The club exposes students to different institutions of governance and civil society.

 

For more information, please visit the MPC website: youth.auimpc.ma