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In the 2016 Corruption Perception Index published by Transparency International (TI), Morocco ranked 90 out of 176 countries. There has been little change in Morocco’s ranking over the last 10 years. Government officials have criticized the Index, which reflects public perceptions concerning corruption, for not emphasizing recent anti-corruption efforts. According to the 2016 State Department’s Country Report on Human Rights Practices, Moroccan law provides criminal penalties for official corruption, but the government does not implement the law effectively.
The Central Commission for the Prevention of Corruption (ICPC) is the agency responsible for combating corruption. In 2015, parliament amended the mandate of the ICPC, expanding its authority to conduct investigations of corruption allegations and solicit mandatory responses from government institutions. In 2010, ICPC set up an internet portal for civil society and small businesses to identify instances of corruption. In addition to ICPC, MOJL and the government accountability court have jurisdiction over corruption issues. The government reports corruption and other instances of police malfeasance through an internal mechanism. Morocco’s anti-corruption efforts include enhancing the transparency of public tenders and implementation of a requirement that senior government officials submit financial disclosure statements at the start and end of their government service, although their family members are not required to make such disclosures. Morocco does not have conflict of interest legislation.
Although the Moroccan government does not require that private companies establish internal codes of conduct, the Moroccan Institute of Directors (IMA) was established in June 2009 with the goal of bringing together individuals, companies, and institutions willing to promote corporate governance and conduct. IMA published the four Moroccan Codes of Good Corporate Governance Practices. Since 2010, 185 top executives, senior managers, and board members carried out IMA training on corporate governance. Some private companies use internal controls, ethics, and compliance programs to detect and prevent bribery of government officials. Morocco signed the UN Convention against Corruption in 2007 and hosted the States Parties to the Convention’s Fourth Session in 2011. However, Morocco does not provide any formal protections to NGOs involved in investigating corruption. Although the U.S. Mission is not aware of cases involving corruption with regard to Customs or taxation issues, there are often unexpected delays in processing.
Resources to Report Corruption
Contact at government agency responsible for combating corruption:
Instance Centrale de Preevention de la Corruption
Avenue Annakhil, Immeuble High Tech, Hall B, 3eme etage, Hay Ryad-Rabat
+212-5 37 57 86 60
Contact at "watchdog" organization:
Morocco Economic Development and Investment Market Access