After the appointment by the king of Driss Guerraoui at the head of the Competition Council, El Othmani is preparing to appoint the 12 members of the Council.
According to a government source, the head of government, Saâdeddine El Othmani, will appoint the members of the Competition Council on Monday, after the Dahir has appointed Driss Guerraoui at the head of the Council by the king was published this week in the official bulletin. The same source explained that “Saâdeddine El Othmani was waiting for the publication of the dahir in question in the official bulletin to proceed to the appointment of other members of the Competition Council”.
Since 2013, and the end of the mandate of its members including its former president Abdelali Benamour, the Competition Council had become inactive, pending an appointment. The absence of this constitutional institution was particularly noticeable in a context of boycotts of three brands of consumer goods from April 2018, and explosions of profit margins for Moroccan oil companies after the liberalization of the sector at the end of 2015.
On November 17, Mohammed VI received at the Royal Palace of Rabat Driss Guerraoui and “stressed the importance of the missions devolved to the Competition Council by the Constitution and by law, which makes it an independent institution, charged with transparency and equity in economic relations, notably through the analysis and regulation of market competition, control of anti-competitive practices and economic concentration and monopoly operations”.