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Joint UN and World Bank strategic note on the impact of Covid-19 in Morocco

The High Commission for Planning (HCP), the United Nations (UN) in Morocco and the World Bank (WB) released on Monday a “strategic note” jointly developed to deepen understanding of the socio-economic impact. economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic in Morocco, through a unique, inclusive and collaborative approach and formulating strategic recommendations based on reliable data “so that no one is left behind”.

This “strategic note” presents the pandemic situation in Morocco on the date of its publication and sets out the analysis of the evolution of the economic and social situation of the country since the beginning of the crisis, taking as a reference the results of the surveys and analyzes carried out by the HCP as well as reports on the economic outlook in Morocco from the World Bank, indicates a joint press release from the HCP, UN and the WB. The note also presents the actions undertaken by Morocco and highlights the main recommendations of the agencies of the United Nations to support an integrated and effective response to the economic and social repercussions of the crisis.

It calls for seeing, in the crisis, opportunities to be seized for a recovery aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), well-informed and inclusive that leaves no one behind, the statement said, noting that its recommendations call for more great attention to monitoring multidimensional poverty, innovation in the collection and analysis of contextualized data, investment in the continuity of public education and health services during and after the crisis, as well as strengthening regionalization and enhancing the role of civil society.

The “strategic note” and its various recommendations are intended to serve as a working tool for an immediate, medium and long term socio-economic response to Covid-19 in a collaborative spirit of shared responsibility to meet the needs of people vulnerable, protect jobs and livelihoods and allow a gradual and sustainable recovery of the economy, adds the same source.

The decisions to be taken in the coming months will certainly be crucial in order to achieve the SDGs, underlines the press release, noting that this joint “strategic note” shows that “the crisis calls for a more equitable, inclusive and environmentally friendly recovery towards sustainable economies and more resilient societies, especially in the face of pandemics and climate change”.

The electronic version of this strategic note will be distributed from August 17, 2020, on the websites of the HCP, the agencies of the UN and the World Bank as well as on their respective social networks.

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