Ministry of Interior Summons Walis Governors Security Officials to Review King

Rabat – The Ministry of Interior has held a meeting to follow up on instructions made by King Mohammed VI in his harsh Throne Day speech, in which he warned that public officials will be held responsible for not doing their job.The Ministry of Interior summoned walis and governors from around Morocco for a meeting on Tuesday to discuss the implementation of instructions made by King Mohammed VI in his Throne Day speech on Saturday.The King stressed the need for the Moroccan public administration to be efficient, warning public officials they will be held accountable if they do not fulfill their duties. In a statement following the meeting, the ministry said that the royal speech is a guideline defining the measures it will take, in coordination with other government departments and elected institutions, in order “to strengthen development policies for the benefit of Moroccan citizens in all the regions of the kingdom.”It further noted that the interior ministry will “pursue its active engagement” to speed up the realization of the projects and political and institutional reforms that Morocco is “witnessing under the leadership of King Mohammed VI.”What was striking is that the kingdom’s highest security officials took also part in the meeting. The head of Morocco domestic intelligence services (DGST) and national policy agency (DGSN), Abdellatif El Hammouchi, the head of the Gendarmerie National, Corps General Hosni Benslimane, the head of foreign intelligence (DGED) Yassine Mansouri, and the Delegate-General of the Penitentiary Administration Mohamed Salah Tamek, were all present.For some, their participation as an attempt to show that there is no rift between security services.Speculations about disagreements and tension between security services in dealing with the protests of Al Hoceima surfaced on online media.The claims were refuted by King Mohammed VI in his speech on Saturday.“Some even say there is a radical wing and a moderate one, adding that they disagree on how to tackle these events. Nothing could be further from the truth!” said the monarch.“In reality, there is only one policy and a single, unwavering commitment, which is to enforce the law, respect the institutions, ensure the security of citizens and safeguard their property.” read more

Joe Greenwell named as new SMMT president

Joe Greenwell, Ford of Europe’s vice president, governmental affairs will be the next president of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) with effect from 1 January 2009. Mr Greenwell will succeed Graham Smith OBE, senior vice-president Toyota Motor Europe who will be stepping down at the end of his two year term. Mr Greenwell, who has held his current post at Ford since 2005, has enjoyed a long and successful career in the automotive industry. Immediately before his current position, he was chairman and CEO of Jaguar Land Rover, having previously been vice president, Marketing and Operations, responsible for Ford of Canada, Ford of Mexico, Worldwide Direct Market Operations and Global Marketing. Mr Greenwell had been vice president, Global Automotive and Product Promotions and Associations. Before assuming those roles, Greenwell was vice president, Communications and Public Affairs for Ford of Europe. He joined Jaguar in 1983 and held several senior management positions within sales, marketing and public affairs. Notes:The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) exists to support and promote the interests of the UK automotive industry at home and abroad. Working closely with member companies, SMMT acts as the voice of the motor industry, promoting its position to government, stakeholders and the media. “I am under no illusions about the severity of the challenges that we face. The economic downturn is having a major impact on our industry and there may be worse to come.  Our sector is a vital part of the UK economy. I shall be working hard with the SMMT team and industry colleagues to raise awareness of our position and to promote proposals for seeing the industry through these very difficult times.” Previous SMMT presidents since 2000 are: Commenting on his appointment, Joe Greenwell said, “I am delighted to succeed Graham as President and I congratulate him on a very successful tenure. While at Jaguar, he was actively involved in numerous community support projects. He chaired the Coventry Business Cares for Children fund raising initiative in association with the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) and also the Foleshill Business Forum, part of the UK Business in the Community programme focusing on urban regeneration. He was also a Governor of Coventry Technical College and Chairman of the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust. He is currently president of BEN, the motor industry and allied trades benevolent fund. January 2007 – December 2008      Graham Smith OBEJune 2005 – December 2006          Roger Putnam CBEJune 2003 – June 2005                  Tod EvansJune 2002 – June 2003                  Mike Baunton, CBEJune 2001 – June 2002                  Nick Reilly CBEJune 2000 – June 2001                  John Neill CBEClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more