Modern governance is not conceivable without democracy, king Mohammed
Morocco, Politics, 12/12/2002
Morocco's King Mohammed VI on Wednesday underlined that modern governance is not conceivable without democracy, calling for enforcing new forms of governance to adapt to the requirements of modern times.
The king made the statement in a message read out on his behalf by Moroccan Premier Driss Jettou to the 4th Global Forum, currently held in Marrakesh.
"Governance is not conceivable without democracy, as is economic and social progress without participation and development without liberty and respect of human rights, hence, the pertinence of the topic chosen for this meeting "Citizens, Businesses and Governments: Dialogues and Partnerships for Democracy and Development," said the king
"If each of these actors: States, Businesses and civil society has a key role to assume within the society of tomorrow, it is on the way these roles will be understood, played and above all integrated, that will depend the efficiency of new governance in the fields of democracy, economic development and social progress," he added.
The new realities in the world impose on governments to ponder other types of national and international governance, said King Mohammed VI, adding that the world is faced today with serious breaks and dangerous unbalances, despite the immense progress scored particularly in the realms of knowledge development, technology, economy or communication.
"The most lethal break is that of violence that hits the planet and divides humanity," he deplored.
To traditional conflicts have added new forms of open or covert wars, ethnic conflicts, civil wars, terrorism, which are nurtured by motivations that we thought, are obsolete, drawn from ethnic differences and so called clash of civilizations or from abusive religious proselytism, the king underlined.
King Mohammed VI stressed that the immense gap between the North and the South and unequal development of the planet are another break worsened by the great demographic unbalance which extends poverty and edging out in the underdeveloped countries and feeds the feeling of injustice and lack of solidarity and speeds up the currents of immigration.
It is in this connection that dialogue between governments, businesses and citizens should blow a new breath, inspire alternatives and result in ways and means likely to lead to a fairer world of stronger solidarity and a planet better shielded, stressed the King.
Touching on Morocco's experiment in the field of governance, King Mohammed VI underlined that the Kingdom started the redeployment of the State, reinforced democracy, promoted decentralization, sparked economic liberalization, privileged associative initiatives, encouraged partnerships between the private, the public sectors and the civil society.
A Long path is yet to go to gain full benefits from the political, democratic, economic and social opportunities offered by the new forms of governance, he said.
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