The piloting of the Forsa program is not the subject of any divergence within the government (Fatima-Zahra Ammor)

THE MORNING April 11, 2022 at 3:37 p.m. Fatima-Zahra Ammor, Ministry of Tourism, Crafts and the Social and Solidarity Economy Steering of the “Forsa” program by the Moroccan Society for Tourism Engineering (SMIT), under the Ministry of Tourism, Crafts and the Social and Solidarity Economy, still arouses debate in Parliament. Responding on Monday to questions from members of the House of Representatives, the minister in charge, Fatima-Zahra Ammor, assured that this choice had not been the subject of any opposition within the government team. The controversy around the piloting of the “Forsa” program by the Moroccan Society of Tourism Engineering is still topical. For their first plenary session after the opening of the second session of this legislative year, opposition parliamentarians questioned the Minister of Tourism, Crafts and the Social and Solidarity Economy, Fatima-Zahra Ammor, on the question . Assuring that this choice had not been the subject of any divergence within the government team, the official highlighted the solidarity nature of this program, hence the choice of her department for its management. Returning in detail to this project with a budget of 1.25 billion dirhams for the year 2022, the manager recalled that it is intended for all people over the age of 18. Targeting the support of 10,000 project leaders including all sectors of the economy, the program can benefit individuals or groups of less than 5 people. The maximum amount of the loan on honor, provided for under this program, is 100,000 dirhams in addition to a bonus of 10,000 DH, she recalled, stressing that the loan is repayable over a maximum period of 2 years. Regarding the procedures for granting these loans, the beneficiaries will have to go through 5 key stages. This is, according to Mr. Ammor, registration through the platform open to the public since April 7 or in the offices mobilized for this purpose. The second step relates to the verification of the file, while the preselection takes place in the third step. Once pre-selected, the candidates will undergo individual interviews in order to prepare the final selection before arriving at the last stage of the financing study, specified the Minister. Furthermore, the parliamentarians insisted on the importance of the convergence of this new program with the programs already launched before, in particular the “Intilaka” programme.