Traditional mechanisms for controlling the prices of food and consumer goods continue to raise increasing tension within social and political circles, after not having a positive impact on the purchasing power of Moroccans.
Representatives of the parliamentary opposition recently considered that the weakness of traditional mechanisms for monitoring markets has contributed to the high cost of agricultural products, the most important of which are tomatoes, the price of which reaches 15 dirhams per kilogram.
During the last session of the House of Representatives, the parliamentary opposition demanded the implementation of real monitoring of the national market, addressing the imbalances in marketing chains, and strict repression of the corrupt practices of some major brokers, speculators and monopolists, instead of focusing on formal monitoring of vulnerable installment merchants.
The Minister of Economy and Finance, Nadia Fattah Al-Alawi, confirmed during the last session of the House of Representatives that more than 312,000 points of sale were monitored, which contributed to the detection of 15,000 violations and 3,300 that were the subject of warnings.
The Minister added that these field campaigns aim to preserve the purchasing power of citizens, as well as to end speculators and brokers in all national markets.
In this context, the National League of Consumer Protection Societies considered, according to what Al-Jarida 24 found, that traditional market monitoring procedures do not combat high prices.
The National University highlighted that what the observers do only regulates the sales process, if the merchants agree to determine the price of the consumable item.
The same source explained that product prices have become subject to the law of supply and demand, and this has contributed to the deterioration of purchasing power.
The university called on the government to monitor production stages to eliminate intermediaries, while restructuring and regulating wholesale markets.