Voices of Moroccan Parliamentarians

April 8, 2015

A delegation of Moroccan parliamentarians recently visited the World Bank for a workshop on the impact of the country’s new constitution on the parliament. They shared their views on the current and potential role of parliaments, the capacities needed to fulfill their mandate and how a partnership with the World Bank could help meet their goals.

MoroccoDr. Chafik Rachadi, Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Parliament of Morocco

"Parliaments play a unifying role, albeit in different forms depending on a country's culture, history and democratic path. Parliament must be recognized as a forum for democratic dialogue in which the concerns of citizens are addressed, and a space for sharing experience and promoting sustainable progress for the country."

MoroccoSaid Khairoun, Chairman of the Finance and Economic Development Committee, Parliament of Morocco

"The role of Parliament is to legislate and monitor. It also has a parliamentarian diplomacy role. Our visit to the World Bank is to strengthen our relations and to develop and strengthen parliament's role in monitoring fiscal activities."

MoroccoAbdellatif Berroho, Quaestor and Member of the Board, Parliament of Morocco

"It is very important that the World Bank supports countries by developing relationships with their parliaments. The Bank should not limit its relationships to governments, as parliaments need to develop their capacities to monitor public policies and government performance. This would establish a three-party institutional relationship, with the World Bank as its axis.

Parliaments have a very important role in developing democracy. This is especially true in Arab and African countries. They need a number of political and parliamentarian projects to develop their capacities so that they can monitor public projects and government performance."