Study visit to Morocco stimulates the legislative drafting process in Palestine

Drafting legislation is an art and a science. A well drafted bill results not from following ad-hoc practices, but rather a structured and institutionalised law-making process designed to ensure that the legislation produced is of high quality, in line with national policy and international standards and reflective of the views of relevant stakeholders and the public.

The legislative drafting process was the very topic of a recent study visit to Morocco for five Palestinian officials representing the Council of Ministers and the Legislation and Advisory Bureau, best known as the Diwan.

Learning from Moroccan best practices
In Rabat, the Palestinian delegation visited the General Secretariat of the Moroccan Government where they were welcomed by its General Secretary, H.E. Mohammad Hajawi, before receiving briefings on its organisation, competences and method of operation when it comes to the coordination and organisation of the legislative work within the government.

During the first day, opening remarks were also delivered by Mrs Iman Abdelhamid, the Head of the Diwan, H.E. Jamal Shubaki, Palestinian Ambassador to Morocco and Mr Philip Holzapfel, Head of the Political Section of the EU Delegation to Morocco.

Field visit to the government’s printing press
During the visit, the Palestinian delegation was also briefed on the conduct of legal consultations and the translation, documentation and archiving of legal provisions as part of the law-making process.

Moreover, the delegation received and introduction to the General Secretariat’s web based portal, to electronic delivery of legal services and to the production and publication of the Kingdom’s Official Gazette. As to the latter, a field visit to the printing press, in charge of printing the gazette, provided insights on its work, organisation and competences. 

The five-day trip, organised by EUPOL COPPS’ Rule of Law Section, was concluded on Thursday 25 April 2019.

Bottom Photo 1: In Rabat, the Palestinian delegation visited the General Secretariat of the Moroccan Government where they were welcomed by its General Secretary, H.E. Mohammad Hajawi and offered a thorough briefing on the General Secretariat’s activities.
Bottom Photo 2: The delegation made a field trip to the printing house responsible for printing the Moroccan Kingdom’s Official Gazette. Here the delegation was briefed on the work of the company and printing processes of the gazette.