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Hundreds in Casablanca protest high cost of living

Morocco is faced with soaring prices, particularly for food products, which are affecting the most modest households. Inflation slowed slightly in April, to 7.8% year-on-year, after 10.1% in February and 8.2% in March, according to official statistics.

 Coming from all over the country, trade unionists from the left-wing Confédération Démocratique du Travail (CDT) gathered in the historic center of the economic capital. The rise in food prices remains very high (+16.3% year-on-year).

This inflation can be explained in part by the chronic rainfall deficit which is affecting the agricultural sector, the mainstay of the Moroccan economy, and in particular causing fruit and vegetable prices to soar.

In April 2022, the executive signed a “social agreement” with the main trade unions and employers, which included as its key measure an increase in the minimum wage in both the private and public sectors.

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