Signing ceremony of a Moroccan-Spanish Memorandum for strengthening community justice in Morocco : 22/11/2012

Signing ceremony of a Moroccan-Spanish Memorandum for strengthening community justice in Morocco

An administrative Protocol onthe cooperation project "strengthening local justice ADL 2nd Phase" was signed, Wednesday 21st November in Rabat between Morocco and the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation and Development (AECID), in order to strengthen the local justice system in the Kingdom.


This Protocol was signed by the Minister of Economy and Finance, Mr. Nizar BARAKA, the Minister of Justice and Freedoms, Mr. Mustapha RAMID and the Director of Cooperation for Africa and Asia in the Spanish Agency, Mr. Alberto VIRELLA.

It will contribute to make the legal system in Morocco more efficient by improving the access of citizens to justice, including the vulnerable groups, and the quality management of the sector, through the optimization of human and material resources.

Funded by AECID up to one million euros over 36 months, this agreement focuses on a number of aspects, including the reorganization of the justice system, the improvement of the legal advice offices in the courts of appeal and the courts of first instance, enhancing the system of legal assistance to children and women in vulnerable situations, as well as the definition of aninspection model of courts and building training capacity forthe Higher Magistrates` Institute.

Mr. RAMID took this opportunity tostate that the reform of the justice system, which is part of a number of policy and institutional reforms undertaken in recent years, will have a positive impact on citizens and the investment climate in Morocco.

In turn, Mr. Virella indicated that this cooperation agreement is the outcome of one of the projects planned and announced at the high- level meeting between Morocco and Spain, held in Rabat October 3rd 2012, when Mr. Nizar BARAKA highlighted Spain assistance to Morocco in all areas.

Attending the ceremony, the Ambassador of Spain to Morocco, Mr. Alberto Navarro, noted that despite the economic crisis, Spain continues to support the reform process in Morocco, stressing that the success of these reforms is considered as a success for Spain, while describing the reform of the Moroccan justice system as "very important".