Morocco to Provide Social Security Coverage to Moroccans Residing Abroad

Prime Minister of Morocco, Abdeliliah Benkirane
Prime Minister of Morocco, Abdeliliah Benkirane

The Minister Delegate for Moroccans Residing Abroad (MREs), Nezha El Ouafi, announced on Tuesday the signing of an agreement with the Ministry of Labor to guarantee social security coverage for MREs.

During a session at the House of Councilors of Parliament about “the situation of Moroccans abroad in light of the repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic,” El Ouafi revealed that the agreement has been under development since 2014.

The action plan includes the acceleration of consular services, the establishment of a special digital platform for MREs and Moroccan ministries and institutions, and an agreement between the Ministry of Labor, the Social Security Fund (CNSS), and other ministries to secure coverage for MREs.

El Ouafi highlighted the several meetings the ministry held with its partners to prepare for a “ministerial emergency plan” in anticipation of the negative repercussions of the COVID-19 crisis.

Before the signing of this agreement, El Ouafi revealed that her ministry managed to provide medical assistance to MREs across the globe during the crisis, in addition to providing support for 6,500 legal inquiries via a network of Moroccan lawyers.

For Moroccans at home, the Minister of Labor, Mohamed Amekraz, announced on June 2 that Morocco is in the process of implementing a project to provide health insurance and pension coverage for five million independent workers, as a first target.

Amekraz also pledged that the program will bring the total number of beneficiaries to 11 million, which translates to 64% of the population.

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