The current government is still unable to stop the growing phenomenon of street vendors in Moroccan cities and transform them into the formal sector, given that the number of active citizens in this field is estimated at about a quarter of a million people.
Consumer protection activities, as well as civil society, have repeatedly considered the phenomenon of street trade in public spaces as an unfair competition for the organized sector, exacerbating fragility in the labor market, and wasting important tax revenues on the budget.
The same sources confirmed that this phenomenon is still difficult in our country’s economic system, given that the current government is still suffering in the issue of rehabilitating circulating trade.
Parliamentary opposition representatives also called, during the last session of the House of Representatives, to guarantee appropriate conditions for this category of society within a clear legal framework.
Opposition representatives added that the limited access to financing for street vendors must be ended, with special loans allocated to them, with the aim of integrating them into the formal sector.
In response to the criticism, Riad Mazur, Minister of Industry and Trade, said in his answer to oral questions that 86,000 street vendors benefited from the national program to regulate the field out of 126,000 who were counted.
The Minister of Commerce highlighted that 200 neighborhood markets have been created within the framework of the program to regulate street vendors.
The same spokesman explained that the ministry aims to enable those targeted by the program to promote and sell their goods in cyberspace.