February 7, 2023

Rabat Municipality’s 2023 budget has been given the green light by the interests of the Ministry of the Interior represented by the Prefecture of Rabat as it was recently marked with a cover of AED 1.07 billion.

This budget represents an increase of approximately 15 percent from 2022, when the group expects to raise more additional resources.

According to budget details seen by Hespress, the compensation for the president and advisers will be worth AED1.8 million, slightly less than the compensation in 2022, when it was around AED2 million.

On the other hand, the travel expenses of the president and advisers abroad have risen significantly, from Dh100,000 last year to Dh400,000 in 2023.

As for the expense item for a business trip abroad of the president and advisers, 300,000 dirhams were allocated for it against 100,000 dirhams last year, while the expenses for providing members of the governing apparatus did not change and remained within the limits of 70,000 dirhams.

According to the same data, the 2023 budget saw a significant increase in allocations for accommodation, food and hospitality spending, with AED 1.5 million allocated compared to AED 300,000 last year, and culture allocated AED 500,000 and expenses for artistic activities, after they were in the range of 300 thousand dirhams.

The development, witnessed by the expense items of the mission abroad, accommodation, meals and reception in the budget of Rabat, was criticized by opposition members of the Council from the Federation of the Democratic Left, who said in a message that it “contradicts the directive of the memorandum of the Minister of the Interior of October 12, 2022, which recommended the maximum reduction of transport and transport costs. Inside and outside the Kingdom, expenses for the reception and organization of parties, conferences and seminars, as well as expenses for studies and other unnecessary expenses.

The report also noted that “the budget indicated by the supervisory authority contains a legal violation of charging the five provinces, and not the community of Rabat, the cost of water and electricity, which is contrary to article 181 of Law 113-14, which deprives the provinces of more than 60 % of their budgets, which contributes to the weakening of their role in facilitating the proximity services that they are allowed to do by law.

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