11th edition of National Consumer Day (JNC), held under the theme “The water economy, a responsibility of all”


Speaking on the occasion of the 11th edition of National Consumer Day (JNC) celebrated the day before yesterday on April 18, 2024 in Rabat, held under the theme “The water economy, a responsibility of all”, Mr. Mezzour explained that the Moroccan consumer, by becoming aware of the negative impact of water waste and by adopting responsible practices, contributes significantly to the preservation of this precious resource for future generations and to the construction of a sustainable future for all.

At the same time, the minister recalled that the government has redoubled its efforts to succeed in the challenge of combating water stress, particularly through the deployment of numerous projects to secure access to water and the acceleration of the construction of dams and seawater desalination plants.

It also involves investment in the reuse of wastewater as well as in water saving projects for drinking water and irrigation networks, in addition to the rationalization of the use of water in industry, added Mr. Mezzour.

For his part, the president of the Moroccan Federation of Consumer Rights Bouazza Kharrati insisted on the need for sustainable and prudent management of water reserves, in the face of difficult climatic conditions and frequent periods of drought.

He also noted a growing awareness among Moroccan consumers of the importance of management and non-wastefulness of water, calling for continued action by all stakeholders to support public policies of sustainable development.

Like previous editions, this 11th edition of the JNC was an opportunity to present the ministry’s achievements in consumer protection.

On a legal level, it is worth highlighting the preparation in collaboration with the various parties concerned of a bill modifying and supplementing Law No. 31-08 enacting consumer protection measures.

In terms of support for the national consumer movement, several actions have been carried out, in particular the perpetuation of the sixty professional consumer counters, the strengthening of the role of associations in terms of information, awareness, consumer orientation and defense of their rights, as well as improving the management capacities and working tools of associations to carry out the missions entrusted to them.

As for the control system, the regional and local joint commissions controlled, during the year 2023, nearly 330,000 points of sale, including production units and warehouses, which made it possible to record 15,995 offenses.

In the same wake, nearly 120,000 import control files for industrial products were processed, which led to the finding of 966 cases of non-compliance and thus the refoulement of nearly 3,700 tonnes of products.

Organized at the initiative of the Ministry of Industry and Commerce, in partnership with the Ministry of Equipment and Water and the federations of consumer protection associations, this edition aims to highlight the role of the consumer in the preservation of water resources and to raise awareness of the fight against any form of waste or irresponsible use of this vital material.

It is in line with the High Royal Guidelines aimed at ensuring transparent and regular communication towards citizens on developments in the national water situation and on the emergency measures implemented, while strengthening awareness of the great public to the importance of saving water.

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