Second edition

Upon the success of the first edition of the Marrakech International Justice Conference, whose theme was “The Independence of the Judicial Power, Ensuring the Rights of Litigants and Respecting the Rules of Justice”.

And in addition to the participation of 83 countries and 1500 participants, and the recommendations contained in the Marrakech Declaration which made it a rich framework for the exchange of experience and expertise and which contributed to the development and upgrading of the national legal and judiciary systems;

Bearing in mind that the first edition was characterized by the Royal Message to the guests, and participants of the Conference:

Enhancing confidence in the judiciary as the bedrock of the rule of law and the main driver of development is another challenge that needs to be tackled. This can be achieved by improving the performance of the legal system in order to enable it to accompany the profound economic and social changes taking place in society.To achieve this objective, we need, among other things, to facilitate access to justice through an overhaul of legislation in order to keep pace with modern times and bring domestic legislation in line with international instruments, particularly those relating to human rights. Just as important is the need to make sure that cases are prosecuted within reasonable time frames, to provide the judicial security needed for an improved business environment and to promote investment and development. It is also essential to ensure the effectiveness and transparency of judicial administration through the use of information technology and to institutionalize alternative means for resolving disputes”.

Based on the directives mentioned above, the Ministry of Justice, the Supreme Council of the Judicial Power and the Presidency of the Public Prosecution intend to organize the second edition of the Marrakech International Justice Conference on the theme:

“Justice and Investment: Challenges and Stakes”

In this context, promoting investment, enhancing the competitiveness of the enterprises, engaging in global economic transformations, as well as rehabilitating the various components of business climate, is one of the most important concerns of governments and regional economic blocs across the world.

The Kingdom of Morocco has embarked on a number of deep and comprehensive reforms to enhance the judicial system as an implementation of the provisions of the Constitution of 2011; On the other hand, the Government has set a series of measures aimed at achieving structural transformation of the economy, stimulating investment, increasing the competitiveness of the national economy and further improving the business climate. The opening of most countries to the market economy provides important opportunities for sustainable development and its obligations to international economic partners, especially the financing institutions. It is imperative for these countries to engage in the dynamism of modernization and development of their economies by reviewing their economic structures, rehabilitating the general environment of the judicial system with all its components, especially the legal framework.

No matter how important the efforts of countries in the modernization and development of economic structures, these efforts are worthless without upgrading the legal framework of the business field. It is possible to improve the order of national economies in international indicators to attract investment, such as DOING BUSINESS index, which highlighted the qualitative leap achieved by our country in this field, where it advanced 9 spots compared to the previous report, moving Morocco from 69th place to 60th out of the 190 countries included in the report issued at the end of October 2018. This contributed to a series of measures most notably the new law on the difficulties of entrepreneurship, which enabled the Kingdom of Morocco to progress in the sub-index on the difficulties of entrepreneurship from 134th in the world in 2017, to 71st in the 2018 ranking.

All of the foregoing reveals the importance of the role assigned to justice and law in improving the attractiveness of the business climate as the cornerstone for keeping pace with the openness imposed by the global economy, stimulating investment and creating a sound environment conducive to business prosperity, supporting individual initiative and encouraging the private sector and providing assurance to both Moroccan and foreign investors. Therefore, there is no room to imagine a strong and attractive business climate for capital without a legal framework that complies with the contemporary needs, and a functioning and efficient justice system that proceeds as quickly as investment.

To share views and ideas and learn about international experiences on the theme of the second edition, four main axes are proposed:

Axis I: Modernization of the Business Legal System;

Axis II: The Role of justice in Promoting Business Climate;

Axis III: The use of Information Technology;

Axis IV: Stakes of Regional Groupings;

During this second edition of the Marrakech International Justice Conference, a series of presentations and interventions[1] related to the role of justice and law will be presented in improving the attractiveness of the business climate and investment incentive.

These contributions will contribute to achieving the main objectives of the conference, most notably:

– The optimal utilization of international cooperation mechanisms for the sharing of successful experiences and the familiarization of best practices, so that they can be used to the widest possible extent, and through which everyone can be integrated into the system of globalization as an inevitable lot;

– The establishment and consolidation of bridges of communication and convergence between legal and judicial systems, and the continuous exchange of knowledge and information, in order to identify the reforms achieved or pursued by each State;

– The provision of innovative and sound proposals and practical recommendations that allow the conference to be and remain a fruitful platform for exchanging experiences and expertise and contributing to the development and enhancement of legal and judicial systems.

[1] The languages ​​used during the conference are Arabic, French, English and Spanish.