SOURCE: Moroccan American Center for Policy

October 06, 2015 11:24 ET

Morocco Named One of Most Improved in Africa by Governance Index

Morocco Is One of Only Six to Improve in All Four Measurement Categories

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwired - October 06, 2015) - Morocco was named "one of the most improved countries in Africa since 2011" by the 2015 Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG), and "one of only six countries to show improvement in all four IIAG categories." Released yesterday by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, the annual evaluation of governance in Africa aims to provide a statistical analysis of how well African governments, the private sector and other institutions deliver their goods and services to the public. First created in 2007, the index is intended to help guide policy and strengthen governance across the continent.

Among the four measurement categories of Safety & Rule of Law, Participation & Human Rights, Sustainable Economic Opportunity, and Human Development, the report also noted that Morocco "is the biggest improver in Sustainable Economic Opportunity, an achievement that stands out even more by its difference from the continental trend."

The release of this year's IIAG report comes just weeks after Moroccans voted in historic regional and local elections last month. The elections represented an important step forward in the country's democratization process, and were the first regional and local elections held since the country adopted a new constitution in 2011. The government has also taken aggressive measures to promote renewable energy and was recently lauded by the Union for Concerned Scientists for its efforts ahead of the United Nations Climate Change Conference to be held in Paris this December.

Morocco placed 16th overall among 54 African countries, scoring 57.6 out of 100. This is an improvement of 3.4 points since 2011, and the sixth largest gain on the continent. Morocco's impressive score of 69.8 in Sustainable Economic Opportunity was the highest in North Africa and the third highest on the continent.

"Morocco has been on an irreversible path of democratization for more than a decade under King Mohammed VI's leadership, and the momentum accelerated in 2011 with the adoption of a new constitution and sweeping reforms," said former US Ambassador to Morocco Edward M. Gabriel. "The IIAG finding that Morocco's governance has improved since then is highly encouraging, and a sign that Morocco has stayed the course."

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