Faced with the call for help from restaurateurs, the government forced to react

A few days ago, the government said it was prepared to ease restrictive measures in the kingdom. But this did not take place due to the resurgence of contamination recorded a few days in the month of Ramadan, forcing the government to tighten preventive measures, said the Minister of Industry and Trade, Moulay Hafid Elalamy, during of a weekly meeting of the Chamber of Advisors held in the presence of representatives of the business world, informs The Economist. These measures have worsened the situation of cafes and restaurants, said a deputy from Istiqlal, criticizing the government for not having put in place a plan to help people affected by these measures, especially cafes and restaurants that have remained closed. 24 hours a day.

Solving this problem is not easy, said the minister, stressing that 80% of these structures operate in the informal sector. At the same time, 80% of their employees are not declared to the CNSS. However, until now, the beneficiaries of the Covid-19 lump sum compensation of 2000 DH, are people declared to the CNSS. Thus, it is complicated to identify the population to help in this sector by avoiding fraud. However, a study is planned to identify the people concerned to provide them with assistance. By the end of the month of Ramadan, the aid plan could be implemented.

Although the crisis in this sector is a long time ago and complicates matters further, this decision “proves that the government is ready to help all traders during the fasting period to overcome the ordeal of the pandemic”. In this sense, “we are going to help this sector to overcome this bad economic situation. But an informal sector of this size can no longer continue like this. We absolutely must find a solution for its upgrading as soon as the pandemic is over, ”insisted the Minister.

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