Cooperatives in the Draa-Tafilalet region, like the rest of the regions of the Kingdom of Morocco, are seen as a container and an access point for development processes, as they have become an important factor for development and a path that the paving the way for social and economic growth, given the current economic conditions.
In this report, the Hespress online newspaper highlights the economic, social and developmental role of cooperatives in the Draa-Tafilalet region (southeast of the Kingdom of Morocco), especially in terms of their contribution to income for families, especially women, who create jobs . opportunities and combating poverty.
According to official statistics published by the Cooperation Development Office, the institution issuing licenses to establish cooperatives in Morocco, the total number of cooperatives established at national level by 2020 reached 40,531 cooperatives, including 646,901 members.
According to data from the same office, the Draa-Tafilalet region ranks sixth nationally in terms of the number of co-operatives it houses, with 6 per cent of the total, amounting to 1 814 co-operatives by 2020, of which 49 418 are involved and involved, including 533 cooperatives in Errachidia, 372 in Midelt, and 329 Ouarzazate, 328 Zagora and 252 Btanger.
Carry Tafilalet..without the Collaboration Development Office
A number of co-operative heads in the Draa-Tafilalet region have confirmed in identical statements to Hespress that the co-operatives of this region, which are present and will be established in the future, are called upon to unite efforts on the horizon of improving production at the level of quantity and quality in all areas in which they operate.
Said Hasiko, a community activist from Tinghir Province, said that “cooperatives play an important role in the economic and social empowerment of their members, women and men,” adding that “the Draa-Tafilalet region urgently needs other cooperatives must establish in order to have strong competition between them. ”
Al-Jamawi himself stressed in a statement to Hespress that “the Cooperation Development Office has not given importance to the Draa Tafilalet region,” and explains that the government does not have this office, which forces those who want to form cooperatives to to the Meknes office or the Agadir office in order to obtain permission, licensing, requesting the creation of a special office in the entity as soon as possible, especially since the latter has been established since 2015.
Hassiko pointed out that this region “suffers from marginalization and forgetfulness on the part of a group of central sectors, as many administrations have not updated their regional offices, forcing citizens to relocate to Marrakesh, Agadir, Fax and Meknes to obtain some certificates. and licenses, ”as he put it.
Cooperatives .. an introduction to development
A number of those interested in economic and social affairs in the Draa-Tafilalet region believe that cooperatives are a tool for achieving sustainable development at economic and social level, and emphasize that they contribute effectively to the fight against unemployment and poverty and integration of small producers in the market. .
In this context, Mohsen Karimi, a community activist from Ouarzazate province, said: “There is no dispute that cooperatives of all kinds are an access point for development and contribute to job creation and the fight against poverty and fragility,” adding that “some cooperatives play pioneering roles in developing the skills of their members, contributing to the local economy and creating direct and indirect jobs.
The spokesman explained to Hespress that cooperatives, especially those of women, “play an important and vital role in activating the economic and development movement, especially for this young side,” calling on the state to support cooperatives. to contribute to economic and social development. that “the majority of cooperatives in the region suffer from poor framework, training and material support, which hinders the development of its work.”
In turn, an elected official in the Draa-Tafilalet Regional Council has revealed that many citizens have in recent years gained refuge in the establishment of cooperatives of all kinds, as this is mainly due to “increasing awareness of the major contributions from cooperatives in the areas of poverty reduction, job creation, the achievement of social integration, and shedding light on the On the manifestations of the power of cooperatives as an alternative model for economic work and promotion of social and economic development.
The same official said in a statement to Hespress that “many cooperatives need training and supervision to contribute to development at all levels, especially the areas in which they operate, as well as to develop the skills of subscribers within them.” declares that “the office of the Draa-Tafilalet Regional Council is open to cooperatives.” .
Women’s cooperatives … Efficiency of performance
Women’s cooperatives are first in terms of the number of cooperatives in the Draa-Tafilalet region, according to unofficial statistics provided by local cooperatives to the Hespress e-newspaper, noting that about 80 percent of the cooperatives established in the region are women who are active in traditional and agricultural industries and local products.
Halima Asali, a clerk in an agricultural cooperative in the Midelt region, revealed that the desire to ensure financial independence and improve socio-economic conditions has forced many women in Draa Tafilalt in general into solidarity cooperatives group, and noted that the socio-economic situation is changing for many of them despite the aftermath of the Corona pandemic.
The same spokesman explained in a statement to Hespress that “women’s cooperatives in the region see the social and solidarity economy as a basic mechanism for building the foundations of integrated development, and an important lever to meet economic and social challenges. and to overcome the resulting structural imbalances of spatial differences and the disruption of the role of women in building an advanced and cohesive society. “
Halima called on government sectors, elected institutions, financial and business bodies, and all parties involved in social affairs, “to provide the necessary support for cooperatives of all kinds, to create effective internal and external marketing mechanisms, and administrative, customs and logistical conditions and procedures, to develop the performance of cooperatives to reduce poverty and vulnerability. ”
The spokesman stressed to Hespress, “The need to create continental spaces in every region in the region to display products, provide accommodation centers and support the organizers of cooperative exhibitions with funding, framework and equipment, so that the desired goals of the social solidarity economy and fair trade. “
Halima Asli called on all Moroccan cooperatives to redouble their efforts and improve the product in line with environmental standards and health and safety conditions, and to invest all available capabilities, in particular information and communication technologies, to meet the challenges of globalization and the market. head to offer. economy that has wiped out the fields of production and marketing globally, while at the same time considering “Networking and collaborative frameworks with each other to advocate on issues and problems of the social economy, an essential bet for the promotion of cooperative work.”