Solidarity contribution and others, Mohamed Benchaâboun responds to advisers

The solidarity contribution, which will be applied to salaries of more than 20,000 dirhams per month, concerns only 1.24% of employees, ” as agreed with majority and opposition groups in the House of Representatives “, Said Friday in Rabat, the Minister of the Economy, Finance and the Reform of the Administration, Mohamed Benchaâboun in his response to the interventions of the advisers of the Committee of Finance, Planning and Economic Development during the general discussion of the Finance Bill (PLF) in the Chamber of Advisors.

The kingdom’s treasurer added that “ the solidarity contribution threshold will be raised from 120,000 to 240,000 annual dirhams, i.e. from 20,000 dirhams of monthly salary », Recalling that for« companies, the solidarity contribution was lowered to 1 million dirhams instead of 5 million dirhams. The rate applied will be gradual, i.e. between 1.5% and 3.5% of profits “. The PLF-2021 is based on three major orientations, namely the acceleration of the implementation of the recovery plan for the national economy, the launch of the first phase of the generalization of social coverage, from January 21, 2021 , and the strengthening of the basis of the exemplary nature of the State and the optimization of its functioning.

The PLF has also devoted a total of 76 billion dirhams (MMDH) to the sectors of national education, vocational training and higher education », Also indicated the Minister. ” The budget allocated to the education, vocational training and higher education sectors rose from MAD 57 billion in 2015 to MAD 76 billion, which represents an increase of 35% ”. Benchaâboun noted that 90,798 budget posts have been created for the benefit of the national education sector, against the elimination of 60,398 posts, i.e. a replacement rate of 160%, noting that the higher education sector has meanwhile , benefited from 5,730 budgetary posts, against the elimination of 3,781 posts, ie a replacement rate of 151%.

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On the other hand, the Minister of the Economy, Finance and Administrative Reform declared, “the” overshoot “during this year of the golden rule, consisting of linking debt to government spending. investment and directing tax and non-tax revenues towards the financing of current expenditure is “temporary” and “exceptional”. ” To preserve the level of interventions from the General State Budget, despite the efforts made to mobilize additional resources, whether through the Special Fund for the management of covid-19 or via the measures provided for in the draft law. finance (PLF) of 2021, it was necessary to resort to additional debt resources in order to compensate for the lack of own resources, which caused an exceptional overrun of the principle of the budgetary golden rule », Mohamed Benchaâboun explained to the advisers, stressing that this golden rule has been respected from 2016 to 2019.

The data available, he continued, “ both in terms of forecasts and achievements, show positive results in terms of the public savings indicator which shows a surplus of ordinary revenues over current expenditure », Noting that this indicator went from 5.3 billion dirhams in 2014 to 26.5 billion dirhams in 2019. He also reminded the advisers, that the repercussions of the pandemic of the new coronavirus (covid-19) on the health, economic plans and social, as well as the measures put in place to limit the impact of this crisis on families and businesses have had a considerable effect on the situation of public finances.

Tax revenues have consequently declined, compared to 2019, by around 40 billion dirhams (MMDH) in 2020 and by nearly 16.4 billion dirhams under the PLF-2021, said Mr. Benchaâboun.

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