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Launching the generalization of social protection in Morocco

His Majesty King Mohammed VI chaired the launching ceremony of the implementation of the project of generalization of social protection and the signing of the first related agreements. This project, which will initially benefit farmers, craftsmen and professionals, traders and independent service providers will be extended, in a second phase, to other categories with a view to ensuring the effective generalization of social protection to all citizens.This Societal project constitutes a real social revolution, because it will have direct and tangible effects on improving the living conditions of citizens and preserving the dignity of all Moroccans, while contributing into integrating the informal sector.It constitutes a starting point for the achievement of His Majesty the King's aspirations in favor of all the components of Moroccan society, in terms of responding to the challenge of the generalization of social protection, and represents, moreover, a lever for the integration of the informal sector into the national economic fabric, so as to guarantee the protection of the working class and its rights.In this regard, there will be a generalization of the basic compulsory health insurance during the years 2021 and 2022 by broadening the base of beneficiaries of this insurance to include vulnerable categories benefiting from the Medical Assistance Scheme and the category of professionals and self-employed and non-salaried persons, who exercise a liberal activity, so that 22 million additional people benefit from this insurance, which covers the costs of treatment, drugs and hospitalization.There will be equally a generalization of family allowances during the years 2023 and 2024 allowing households, which do not benefit from these allowances, to receive benefits covering the risks associated with childhood, or lump sums, in addition to a generalization of the compensation for loss of employment in the year 2025 to cover any person exercising a stable job through the simplification of the conditions to benefit from this allowance and the expansion of the base of recipients.It is worth noting that the management of these programs by 2025 will require the allocation of a total annual amount of 51 billion dirhams (7.5 billion AUD), including 23 billion (3.3 billion AUD) financed by the general budget.His Majesty Mohammed VI chaired also the signing of three framework agreements on the generalization of the basic compulsory health insurance for the benefit of the category of professionals and self-employed and non-salaried persons exercising a private activity.The first framework agreement concerns the generalization of compulsory basic health insurance for the benefit of traders, craftsmen, professionals and independent service providers subject to the unified system of professional contributions, the auto-entrepreneur system or the accounting system, which includes more than 800,000 members.The second framework agreement concerns the generalization of the basic compulsory health insurance for the benefit of artisans and craft professionals (about 500,000 members) while the third framework agreement concerns the generalization of the basic compulsory health insurance for farmers (about 1.6 million members). About 3 million members, traders, independent service providers, artisans, craft professionals and farmers, in addition to their families, will benefit from the basic compulsory health insurance, i.e. a total number of beneficiaries of nearly 9 million citizens, which represents about 83% of the targeted categories of professionals, self-employed and non-salaried exercising a private activity.Besides, 22 million additional beneficiaries will be able, during the years 2021 and 2022, to be insured against diseases, within the same framework of treatments covered by the National Social Security Fund for private sector workers, as well as access to services provided by the private and public sectors.This initiative is at the heart of the sustainable development policies established by the Kingdom to preserve the legitimate interests of the workers. It will surely have a positive impact on the reduction of social disparities and will give new impetus to the principles of solidarity and cohesion which remain two pillars of the action led by Morocco over the past decades.