Mezouar Succeeds Bensaleh as CGEM President

Rabat – The results of a vote has shown that former Minister of Foreign Affairs Salaheddine Mezouar won 77 percent of the vote for the General Confederation of Moroccan Enterprises (CGEM) president.Out of the 6,635 votes, Mezouar won 5,173 votes compared to the 1,432 votes for his rival Hakim Marrakchi on Tuesday. Mezouar succeeded Miriem Bensaleh, who assumed the office for six years.Bensaleh completed the two-term limit with two three-year terms beginning in 2012 and 2015. On the sidelines of the election of the new CGEM president, Bensalah delivered a goodbye speech. Bensaleh said that her experience as  president of the CGEM helped her on a personal level. “I did the job,” she said.Bensaleh added that she worked to ensure transparency in the administration procedures in CGEM, emphasizing that she is satisfied with the achievements and the work she accomplished within CGEM. She added that “our demands to the government have led to the restoration of confidence in the business community and good governance.” Bensaleh is finishing her term amid a major boycott of three prominent companies, including her own mineral water company: Sidi Ali.During his election campaign, Mezouar pledged to boost business confidence and local investment. “I am carrying  a very ambitious but at the same time realistic program that aims primarily to boost business confidence and domestic investment.” Mezouar’s program aims to support fragile economic bodies “that suffer relatively and need tools and measures to regain their energy to continue to develop.”The President is elected by the elective general assembly for a period of no more than three years.Mezouar, a Moroccan politician and businessman, was born in 1953 in Meknes. Mezouar is the former president of the National Rally of Independents (RNI).Mezouar is also the former Minister of Industry, Trade, and Economy and  former Minister of the Economy and Finance. Mezouar also held the position of president of the Moroccan Association of Textile and Clothing Industries (AMITH) and president of the Textile and Leather Federation within the CGEM. read more