Final declaration of the seventh national congress of ATTAC CADTM Morocco

22 December 2022 by ATTAC/CADTM Morocco

ATTAC CADTM Morocco organized its seventh national congress in Rabat on December 16, 17 and 18, 2022 under the slogan: “Let’s continue our contribution to build resistances for freedom and for social and environmental justice”.

In Morocco, the regime has used the pandemic to consolidate political despotism and neoliberal policies

The authorities of the Wilaya of Rabat prohibited us from using the public conference room Allal El Fassi to host the opening session. This confirms, once again, the obstinacy of the authorities to continue the restrictions against our organization for nearly twenty years. ATTAC CADTM Morocco did not give in to this ban. It held its opening session at headquarter of the Moroccan Association of Human Rights AMDH in Rabat on Friday, December 16 at 6 pm with the participation of a large number of representatives of organizations in Morocco and the press. It continued the work of the congress on Saturday and Sunday at the headquarters of the National Federation of Education-Democracy (FNE) in Rabat.

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The congressmen discussed and approved the moral and financial reports that set out the assessment of ATTAC CADTM Morocco’s work over six years, since the sixth national congress held in May 2017, as well as the draft resolutions prepared by the preparatory committee, including: the ATTAC CADTM Morocco platform, ATTAC CADTM Morocco’s strategic themes, resolutions on women, debt, free trade agreements, food sovereignty, ecological justice, and amendments to the association’s statutes.

The discussions focused on the political, economic and social situation at the global, regional and national levels, and can be summarized in the following elements :

• The Covid pandemic has aggravated the already deep crisis of the capitalist mode of production. It is a multidimensional crisis: economic, financial, food, environmental, political and migratory with wars and terrorism. In this respect, the environmental crisis that is devastating the climate, nature and biodiversity constitutes a serious threat to the existence of humanity and the entire planet.

• The intervention strategy of imperialism in the regions of Asia, Africa and Eastern Europe is leading to the expansion of wars and armaments, which portends the danger of a world war that will be disastrous for humanity and the planet. This is manifested, on the one hand, in the invasion of Ukraine by Russian imperialism, and on the other hand, in the enlargement of NATO NATO
North Atlantic Treaty Organization
NATO ensures US military protection for the Europeans in case of aggression, but above all it gives the USA supremacy over the Western Bloc. Western European countries agreed to place their armed forces within a defence system under US command, and thus recognize the preponderance of the USA. NATO was founded in 1949 in Washington, but became less prominent after the end of the Cold War. In 2002, it had 19 members: Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, the UK, the USA, to which were added Greece and Turkey in 1952, the Federal Republic of Germany in 1955 (replaced by Unified Germany in 1990), Spain in 1982, Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic in 1999.
under the hegemony of the USA to achieve the geopolitical objectives of Western imperialism with a massive increase in military budgets.

• In this context, the trade wars reinforce the power of the multinationals which impose the removal of all barriers to the circulation of goods and capital in order to plunder the wealth of the peoples, especially in the poor countries of the Global South. Debt is one of the main mechanisms of this plundering that accompanies the expansion of the domination of finance capital.

• In such a situation, the working class, the small producers and the popular strata of the countries of the South as well as of the North bear the burden of these different capitalist crises, which primarily affect women and young people, through the generalization of the logic of the market and of profit Profit The positive gain yielded from a company’s activity. Net profit is profit after tax. Distributable profit is the part of the net profit which can be distributed to the shareholders. in all aspects of human activities, and through the destruction of economic, social, civil and political rights.

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In North Africa and the Middle East/Arab region, the health crisis and the war against Ukraine have exacerbated the economic and social conditions against which the peoples of the region have revolted since 2011, in addition to their opposition to the Zionist entity occupying the lands of the Palestinian people.

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank are the main components of the counter-revolution in the region

The International Monetary Fund IMF
International Monetary Fund
Along with the World Bank, the IMF was founded on the day the Bretton Woods Agreements were signed. Its first mission was to support the new system of standard exchange rates.

When the Bretton Wood fixed rates system came to an end in 1971, the main function of the IMF became that of being both policeman and fireman for global capital: it acts as policeman when it enforces its Structural Adjustment Policies and as fireman when it steps in to help out governments in risk of defaulting on debt repayments.

As for the World Bank, a weighted voting system operates: depending on the amount paid as contribution by each member state. 85% of the votes is required to modify the IMF Charter (which means that the USA with 17,68% % of the votes has a de facto veto on any change).

The institution is dominated by five countries: the United States (16,74%), Japan (6,23%), Germany (5,81%), France (4,29%) and the UK (4,29%).
The other 183 member countries are divided into groups led by one country. The most important one (6,57% of the votes) is led by Belgium. The least important group of countries (1,55% of the votes) is led by Gabon and brings together African countries.
(IMF) and the World Bank World Bank
The World Bank was founded as part of the new international monetary system set up at Bretton Woods in 1944. Its capital is provided by member states’ contributions and loans on the international money markets. It financed public and private projects in Third World and East European countries.

It consists of several closely associated institutions, among which :

1. The International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD, 189 members in 2017), which provides loans in productive sectors such as farming or energy ;

2. The International Development Association (IDA, 159 members in 1997), which provides less advanced countries with long-term loans (35-40 years) at very low interest (1%) ;

3. The International Finance Corporation (IFC), which provides both loan and equity finance for business ventures in developing countries.

As Third World Debt gets worse, the World Bank (along with the IMF) tends to adopt a macro-economic perspective. For instance, it enforces adjustment policies that are intended to balance heavily indebted countries’ payments. The World Bank advises those countries that have to undergo the IMF’s therapy on such matters as how to reduce budget deficits, round up savings, enduce foreign investors to settle within their borders, or free prices and exchange rates.

are the main components of the counter-revolution in the region, through drastic loan agreements, such as those imposed on the Lebanese people plunged into an acute food crisis, on Egypt, Tunisia, Jordan and other countries in the region. The terms of these loans include guaranteeing conditions to stimulate private investment, giving tax breaks to large companies, abolishing the food and energy subsidy system, reducing salaries and raising the retirement age. This will lead to a further decline in the income of the working classes and a deterioration in purchasing power. This will lead to an increase in poverty, unemployment and a generalization of precariousness and instability of living conditions.

In Morocco, the regime has used the pandemic to consolidate political despotism and neoliberal policies. The country entered a new debt spiral by removing the fixed ceiling for foreign borrowing. The total public debt stock Debt stock The total amount of debt doubled from 2011 to 2020 and reached 96% of GDP GDP
Gross Domestic Product
Gross Domestic Product is an aggregate measure of total production within a given territory equal to the sum of the gross values added. The measure is notoriously incomplete; for example it does not take into account any activity that does not enter into a commercial exchange. The GDP takes into account both the production of goods and the production of services. Economic growth is defined as the variation of the GDP from one period to another.

The “new development model” is based on the expansion of opportunities for the concentration of wealth in the hands of a local capitalist minority that shares with multinationals in the grabbing of land, water, maritime and mineral resources, public services and other areas. The despotic character of the regime is a major pillar of this great capitalist accumulation, which is no longer absorbed by the local market, and has begun to penetrate the countries of the African continent.

The war against Ukraine has exacerbated the structural food and energy crisis in our country and the resulting exponential rise in prices. The “Green Morocco Plan” has drained a colossal budget for ten years to support the large exporters of the agricultural sector, while imports of cereals, pulses, oilseeds and sugar have increased. There is currently a shortage of milk and its derivatives Derivatives A family of financial products that includes mainly options, futures, swaps and their combinations, all related to other assets (shares, bonds, raw materials and commodities, interest rates, indices, etc.) from which they are by nature inseparable—options on shares, futures contracts on an index, etc. Their value depends on and is derived from (thus the name) that of these other assets. There are derivatives involving a firm commitment (currency futures, interest-rate or exchange swaps) and derivatives involving a conditional commitment (options, warrants, etc.). , which will also be covered by imports.

The fisheries sector, in turn, is undergoing a major depletion, with a minority monopolizing the fisheries wealth for export.

The state has completely removed subsidies on energy materials (gasoline, diesel and fuel oil) in late 2015. This led to a doubling of the price of a liter of diesel, which currently hovers between 15 and 16 dirhams (about 1.45 euros and 1.55 euros). Petroleum distribution companies have accumulated profits of more than 45 billion dirhams (about 4.4 billion euros) since the liberalization of energy prices until the end of 2021. The bill for these profits is paid by consumers, either directly at the pump or indirectly through general price increases.

The deterioration in purchasing power has worsened in parallel with falling incomes and low wages. Popular households are heavily indebted and are being suffocated, especially by microfinance institutions, which are also accumulating large profits on the backs of the poor. The state wants to abolish what remains of the compensation fund, including subsidies for butane gas. It is also preparing to raise the retirement age to 65 and to reduce the retirement pension of workers in the private sector, by reforming the National Social Security Fund and by generalizing the contractual system in the public service.

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The government is anxious to fulfill its obligations to international financial institutions to ensure payment of the debt and obtain further loans. It is currently awaiting IMF approval for the precautionary liquidity Liquidity The facility with which a financial instrument can be bought or sold without a significant change in price. line or flexible credit line, which could allow it to obtain loans on the international financial market Financial market The market for long-term capital. It comprises a primary market, where new issues are sold, and a secondary market, where existing securities are traded. Aside from the regulated markets, there are over-the-counter markets which are not required to meet minimum conditions. .

As a reminder, the share Share A unit of ownership interest in a corporation or financial asset, representing one part of the total capital stock. Its owner (a shareholder) is entitled to receive an equal distribution of any profits distributed (a dividend) and to attend shareholder meetings. of private creditors in the external public debt has increased from 9% in 2011 to 28% in 2021. Total public debt payments (debt service Debt service The sum of the interests and the amortization of the capital borrowed. ) amounted to 172 billion dirhams at the end of 2021, equivalent to 9 times the health budget.

All these measures are fuelling the conditions for a likely social explosion in our country. The regime is conducting a preventive repression against all forms of protest and demonstration, restricting the right to strike, criminalizing all forms of expression and harassing all critical voices.

The ATTAC CADTM Morocco delegates, full of hope in the self-organized collective struggle from below, for a Morocco of democracy, freedom and social justice, reiterate their demands for :

• The cancellation of the debt, as one of the radical solutions to get out of dependence and cut with the international financial institutions and foreign decision centers. Hence the need for a popular mobilization that imposes a moratorium and an audit of Morocco’s debt that will identify the odious and illegitimate parts and repudiate them.
• Cancellation of the debts of popular households, setting up a public loan system, and stopping the abuses of microfinance institutions against the victims of microcredit, especially women.
• Impose a progressive tax on wealth and profits and provide free public services for all.
• The release of all political prisoners, including our comrade Omar Radi, the detainees of the Rif Hirak and all prisoners of conscience.
• Stopping free trade agreements, especially with the imperialist powers: the European Union and the United States of America.
• Broadening the popular mobilization to stop the normalization with the Zionist entity.
• Broadening solidarity at the national, regional and international levels with the struggles of the Palestinian people and the Palestinian prisoners.
• Putting an end to the role of policeman played by Morocco to ensure the closure of the borders of the European continent to immigrants from sub-Saharan Africa, and the respect of the rights and dignity of immigrants.
• To stop the harassment against ATTAC CADTM Morocco and to allow it to renew its legal deposit receipt.
The seventh national congress of ATTAC CADTM Morocco, which closed its work in Rabat, greeting all the political, trade union and human rights organizations, associations and movements of popular struggle that participated in our congress and supported us, renews the commitment to contribute to build the next struggles and propose alternatives against the capitalist development model in crisis and make the greatest effort for another Morocco possible and necessary to live in dignity.

In conclusion, it should be recalled that Morocco is preparing to host the summit of the annual meetings of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund in October 2023 in Marrakech. In this regard, the association ATTAC CADTM Morocco announces its refusal to hold this summit in Morocco. These two institutions have committed crimes against our people and against the peoples of our region and the world. They are not welcome in our country, and we will continue to fight against them. We will mobilize for a counter-summit.

National Convention
December 18, 2022


member of the CADTM network, the Association pour la Taxation des Transactions en Aide aux Citoyens au Maroc (ATTAC Morocco) was founded in 2000. ATTAC Maroc has been a member of the international network of the Committee for the Cancellation of Third World Debt (CADTM) since 2006 (which became the Committee for the Abolition of Illegitimate Debts in June 2016). We have 11 local groups in Morocco. ATTAC aims to be a network that helps those involved in social, associative, trade union and more broadly militant activity to take ownership of the challenges of globalisation on issues of social and citizen resistance.

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