The country has continued its strategy of diversifying its international cooperative relationships with one significant step being its readmission to the African Union in 2017.

The government has continued its program of economic liberalization, further reducing tariffs and strengthening investor protections. Market competition is, however, hampered by the regime’s involvement in the economy. Many sectors of the economy are dominated by the royal family and the so-called 500 families, who control large holding companies.

Young people in Morocco make up 30% of the population. Their levels of exclusion are high, as the economic inactivity rate for youth aged 15 to 24 years is almost 70%.

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