Friday, 21 June 2024 09:48

SIEL 2024: CLOSING RELEASE

    Seven institutions and authorities for good governance and participative democracy close their participation in SIEL 2024

    A shared pavilion and a rich record

    Rabat, Tuesday 21.5. 2024 - The Economic, Social and Environmental Council (CESE), the Institution of the Mediator of the Kingdom (IMR), the Council of the Moroccan Community Abroad (CCME), the High Authority for Audiovisual Communication (HACA), the Competition Council, the National Authority for Probity, and the National Commission for the Supervision of Personal Data Protection (CNDP) concluded their participation at the 29th edition of the Rabat International Book and Publishing Fair (SIEL) on Sunday 19 May 2024 with a rich and positive outcome.

    The joint pavilion hosted 59 meetings and activities and featured some 100 publications from the 7 institutions in Arabic, Amazigh, French, English and Spanish. In addition, publications were exhibited in sign and Braille on the IMR stand. Over 2,600 schoolchildren, students, researchers, journalists, civil servants from government departments and institutions and local authorities, representatives of civil society and the public at large took part and interacted with the 105 guest speakers from Morocco and 9 other countries.

    The INPPLC's participation was another opportunity for promoting the values of probity to different audiences and highlighting the progress made in terms of objective knowledge of the phenomenon of corruption, as well as the challenges and prospects of the transition to a new era in preventing and combating corruption. This presence helped to shed light on the Forum's constitutional missions, the strategic reference framework for its action, and the related institutional ecosystem. The Forum also announced the launch of its new institutional portal, the National Integrity Portal and the digital platform for receiving reports of acts of corruption, as part of its efforts to strengthen its interaction with citizens and to ensure institutional convergence and complementarity with other players.

    Meanwhile, the EESC focused its involvement in this year's event on sharing and interacting with Fair visitors about its mission, work and activities. At its stand, the EESC displayed a range of its views and reports, and organised meetings on ‘Limiting the spread of fake news’, chaired by the President of the Council, and on ‘Developing the blue economy’ and ‘Promoting reading’, chaired by its members.

    On the theme of “The Institution of the Mediator of the Kingdom, an open book for dialogue”, the IMR offered a rich program of communication, including a series of interactive meetings on its constitutional role, its missions, its services and the results of its annual reports. The academic seminars organised have brought to light the institution's roles, particularly in terms of institutional mediation as part of the new public management and the institution's contribution to the evaluation of public policies, its powers and interventions in matters of governance and the regulation of public services, the application of the rule of law and the application of the principles of justice and equity.

    The IMR, present on the theme ‘The Institution of the Mediator of the Kingdom, an open book for dialogue’, proposed a rich communication program, including a series of interactive meetings around its constitutional roles, its missions, its services and the results of its annual reports. The academic seminars held highlighted the institution's roles, particularly with regard to institutional mediation in the context of the new public management and the institution's contribution to the evaluation of public policies, its powers and interventions in terms of governance and the regulation of public services, the application of the rule of law and the application of the principles of justice and equity. In addition, staff were mobilised throughout this period to welcome and guide visitors wishing to

    The CCME’s program on ‘Writing Morocco; narrating the world’ highlighted the diversity as well as the dynamism of the Literary and intellectual productivity of the Moroccans of the world expressing themselves and writing in the languages of the world. The debates and exchanges, which ranged from novels to the cinema and theatre, addressed current social issues in Morocco and the countries in which they live, focusing in particularly on racism, discrimination, rejection of the other, and migration policies. They provided insights into the challenges to be met and demonstrated the contribution and involvement of these talented people from all walks of life - artists, novelists, researchers, journalists and community workers - in building a better world.

    The HACA stand was the scene of intense activity and fostered constructive dialogue with visitors. The program proposed by the institution focused its activities on two major themes: promoting and illustrating the aims of independent media regulation, and raising awareness of the use of audiovisual and digital media. Throughout the ten days of the SIEL, HACA executives led twelve presentations and interactive workshops and supervised the various activities on the stand, using interactive terminals and organising a number of information and outreach sessions for visitors, particularly schoolchildren and young people, focusing mainly on the authority's remit to protect young audiences, promote the right to information, and ensure that national radio and television broadcasters comply with human rights principles.

    The Conseil de la concurrence's presence at SIEL 2024 is part of its efforts to reach out to the public and to raise awareness about the importance of the principles of free and fair Competition. This was an opportunity to interact with the public, experts and researchers on competition matters, and introduce the Council's attributions, organization, activities and significant achievements. Besides the presentation of its annual reports and opinions, the Council's stand provided an opportunity to respond to questions from visitors and provide information on its activities in the field of anti-competitive practices, the control of economic mergers, complaints, referrals on its own initiative and its consultative activities.

    The CNDP's attendance at the event was another opportunity to present the CNDP's missions and values to the wider public. Citizens of all ages from across the Kingdom attended the Council's stand, allowing them to ask any questions they might have about the institution, and the rights guaranteed to data subjects by Law 09-08 and the obligations of data controllers under the law. Likewise, the ‘DATA-TIKA’ program was presented, demonstrating the CNDP's commitment to helping public institutions, businesses, associations and NGOs and their ecosystems to comply with personal data protection legislation. In parallel, the CNDP has put in place a wide-ranging and rich program focusing on the protection of personal data and privacy, including lectures organised for the benefit of citizens and interactive workshops targeting children/teenagers.

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