Chakib Benmoussa: The Man of Trust

Chakib Benmoussa is considered one of the most competent and trustworthy technocrats of which Morocco is proud. Thus, it is only natural that he should be appointed to many sensitive and highly important positions in the country. His Majesty Mohamed VI entrusted him with the portfolio of the Ministry of the Interior in Idriss Jettou’s government, as he appointed him President of the Economic and Social Council in 2011 before appointing him Ambassador of Morocco to France in 2013, a country with which Morocco enjoys strong historical relations and a strong partnership. Recently, His Majesty the King entrusted him with the task of implementing the new development model that His Majesty mentioned in his last speech.

In addition, Chakib Benmoussa also played a crucial role in the direct rounds of negotiations with the Polisario Front on the question of the Moroccan Sahara, just as he led the delegation to Manhasset for the conference in which both sides took part under the auspices of the United Nations.

Chakib Benmoussa was born in 1958 in Fez. He obtained an engineering degree from the École polytechnique de Paris in 1979. He also graduated from the École nationale Ponts et Chaussées de Paris in 1981, just as he received a Master of Science degree from the University of Cambridge and a postgraduate diploma in project management from the Institut de gestion des entreprises in 1986.

He began his career at the Ministry of Public Works before becoming Secretary General of the same ministry. He was then appointed head of Sonasid, then head of the Tangier Free Zone, before holding several positions in the major economic group ONA in 2000.

Mr. Benmoussa, whose calm temperament speaks volumes about his strong personality, stands out for his mastery of all the issues entrusted to him, particularly when he was head of the Economic and Social Council. Thus, he was keen to draft the reports on Moroccan public policies, which he submitted to His Majesty the King, in as transparent and bold a manner as possible, particularly with regard to development-related aspects. Thus, it is not surprising that His Majesty appointed him to head the committee in charge of the new development model, especially since he himself supervised the design and implementation of the development model in the southern provinces.

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