Mohamed Ben Moussa, a university professor and economist who advises on economic policies, directed sharp criticism of the project to create regional multidisciplinary companies, noting that this project has good goals and others that are not declared, and considering that it does not represent a real solution to the problems raised in the public services sector for proximity, referring to to water and electricity.
In a symposium organized by the “Taqat” association, which includes cadres of the electricity sector at the National Office for Water and Electricity, Benmoussa, who was a member of the Development Model Committee, noted that the draft law deceptively used the recommendations of the development model to justify this proposed formula for the provision of public services for proximity.
The first good reason for the project, according to Benmoussa, is the global shifts in the field of delegating public services to the private sector, a phenomenon that began since the 1990s coinciding with the liberalization of the economy, the financial and banking sector, and the liberalization of exchange rates.
The speaker adds that the second reason is what the report relied on by saying the implementation of the recommendations contained in the report of the new development model, and the speaker adds, “As a contributor to writing the report, I can say that the matter is somewhat deceptive, because the recommendations of the report came in a kind of comprehensiveness and generality within the framework of a strategic vision for the country’s development. Considering that this model does not make sense if it will be applied economically to certain recommendations and not others.-
On the other hand, the speaker believes that there are undisclosed reasons behind the project, mainly manifested in the spread of a kind of loss of state sovereignty in the economic field, considering that there are strong pressures and influence on international institutions from the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, within the framework of the Washington consensus that imposes certain conditions on countries that Funded by it, it seeks to extend the delegation of public services to private individuals.-
Another undeclared reason, says Benmoussa, is the state’s panic about problems related to management, especially financial, and a sense of incompetence because reform projects have stalled for decades in the electricity sector, and the inefficiency of management of the main actor in the field, which is the National Electricity Office, with high costs and other things.
Benmoussa said that the government is unfortunately looking for short-term solutions based on an accounting and financial approach, and not solutions that answer the real problems.