November 01, 2017

ABA ROLI to host Round Table on Participatory Democracy in Morocco

WASHINGTON, Nov.1, 2017 — The American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) is sponsoring a Round Table on Participatory Governance on Friday, Nov. 3 in Morocco. The panel will discuss the topic of strengthening engagement among local governments, civil society, and citizens in Morocco. 

ABA President Hilarie Bass will give remarks at the conference. “The ABA is deeply honored to be working in partnership with the communes of Tangier, Demnet, and Marrakech and supporting their efforts to strengthen collaboration with civil society and citizens,” Bass said.

The conference will convene at 10:30 a.m. with opening remarks by Mohammed larbi Belcaid, mayor of Marrakech; Khalid el Fatawi, adviser and lawyer, Council of Marrakech; and Elizabeth Givens, country director, Morocco.

What:   Round Table on Participatory Democracy in Morocco

Sponsored by ABA ROLI

Friday, Nov. 3, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Jamaat Marrakesh City Hall 
Mohamed V Street       

Panelists include:

  • Mustapha Bouhaddou, moderator
  • Hamid el Ghouat, president Commune of Demnat
  • Fadoua Echgdali, vice president, Commune of Demnat
  • Hamdan Mohammed, president, Council of Civil Society of Beni Makada District
  • Youssef Ait Riad, president, Palmeraie District Marrakech
  • Hassan Ouahbi, director of services, Palmeraie District Marrakech

Panelists will highlight the following in their discussion:

  • Developing mechanisms for the interaction of communal governments and civil society

  • Strengthening the capacities of civil society associations to engage in public awareness campaigns and social mobilization

This event is open to members of the press. For media credentialing, please contact Theresa Melton at (+1) 202-662-1516 or

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