Jazouli takes control of regional investment centres
Until now overseen by the interior minister, regional investment centres will now be managed by the investment minister Mohcine Jazouli after a power struggle at the top of government.
Ex-tourism minister Yassir Zenagui and his brothers are struggling to achieve their grand ambitions in the luxury tourism sector and could even end up losing the Ritz-Carlton overlooking the royal golf course in Rabat. Though he remains an adviser to Mohammed VI, Zenagui's star at the palace has faded.
Mohcine Jazouli's duties will go above and beyond the official scope of his ministerial portfolio. Prime Minister Aziz Akhannouch's close confidant will have the upper hand in relations with foreign investors, especially those from Israel, and will also be in the executive's "control seat".
In criticising the Halieutis fishing industry development plan in its annual report on September 11, the Court of Accounts is targeting both agriculture and fishing minister and Akwa group boss Aziz Akhannouch and his friend, partner and ally, African cooperation