Aziz Akhannouch

Aziz Akhannouch
ⵄⴰⵣⵉⵣ ⴰⵅⵏⵏⵓⵛ / Ɛaziz Axnnuš
عزيز أخنوش
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Aziz Akhannouch in 2018
Prime Minister of Morocco
Assumed office
10 September 2021
Monarch Mohammed VI
Preceded by Saadeddine Othmani
Leader of National Rally of Independents
Assumed office
12 October 2016
Preceded by Salaheddine Mezouar
Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, Rural Development, Water and Forests
In office
6 April 2017 – 10 September 2021
Prime Minister Saadeddine Othmani
Preceded by Himself (as Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries)
Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries
In office
15 October 2007 – 6 April 2017
Prime Minister Abbas El Fassi
Abdelilah Benkirane
Preceded by Mohand Laenser
Succeeded by Himself (as Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, Rural Development, Water and Forests)
Personal details
Born 1961 (age 59–60)
Tafraout, Morocco[1]
Nationality Moroccan
Political party National Rally of Independents
Spouse(s) Salwa Idrissi Akhannouch
Children 3
Alma mater Université de Sherbrooke
Occupation Businessman, Politician
Net worth Increase US$2 billion (17 January 2021)[2]
Website www.akwagroup.com

Aziz Akhannouch (Tachelhit: Ɛaziz Axnnuc, in Tifinagh: ⵄⴰⵣⵉⵣ ⴰⵅⵏⵏⵓⵛ; Arabic: عزيز أخنوش‎; born 1961)[3] is a Moroccan politician, businessman, and billionaire who is scheduled to become the Prime Minister of Morocco once his government is formed.[4] He is the CEO of Akwa Group and also served as Minister of Agriculture from 2007 to 2021.

Early life and education

Akhannouch was born in 1961 in Tafraout. His mother and sister were survivors of the Agadir earthquake from a year earlier that killed 10 of his family members: they were reported to have been left buried beneath rubble for several hours before being rescued.[5] In 1986, Akhannouch graduated from the Université de Sherbrooke with a management diploma.[6]

Business

He is the CEO of Akwa Group, a Moroccan conglomerate particularly active in the oil and gas sector.[3] Forbes estimates his net worth as $1.4 billion as of November 2013.[7] Akhannouch inherited Akwa from his father.[7] In 2020, Akhannouch was 12th on Forbes's annual list of Africa's wealthiest billionaires.[8]

Politics

From 2003 to 2007, Akhannouch was the president of the Souss-Massa-Drâa regional council.[6] He was a member of the National Rally of Independents Party, before leaving it on 2 January 2012.[9][10] On 23 August 2013 he was appointed by King Mohammed VI as Minister of Finance on an interim basis after Istiqlal ministers resigned from Benkirane's cabinet, a position he kept until 9 October 2013.[6] On 29 October 2016, Akhannouch rejoined the RNI after being elected the president of the party. He took over Salaheddine Mezouar's position, who had resigned.[11]

On 27 July 2016, Akhannouch met with Jonathan Pershing, Special Envoy for Climate Change for the United States. In their meeting, Akhannouch and Pershing spoke about preparations for the 2016 United Nations Conference of the Parties.[12]

In March 2020, through his company Afriquia, a subsidiary of the Akwa group, Akhannouch donated roughly one billion dirham ($103.5 million) to the Coronavirus Pandemic Management Fund founded by King Mohammed VI.[13][14] In the 2021 general election, his party placed first, winning 102 seats of the 395 seats. On 10 September 2021, he was appointed as Prime Minister by King Mohammed VI, succeeding Saadeddine Othmani, and was tasked by the King to form a new government.[4][15]

Personal life

Akhannouch is married to Salwa Idrissi, a businesswoman who owns a company active in malls and holds the Moroccan franchises for brands such as Gap, Zara and Galeries Lafayette.[7]

References

  1. ^ Bihmidine, Omar (12 October 2013). "Profile of Aziz Akhannouch, Minister of Agriculture and Marine Fisheries". Morocco World News. Retrieved 14 September 2021.
  2. ^ "Aziz Akhannouch, Forbes". Forbes. Retrieved 17 January 2021.
  3. ^ a b "Parcours : Les success stories du souss". Archived from the original on 19 April 2010. Retrieved 30 September 2011.
  4. ^ a b "Le Roi Mohammed VI nomme Aziz Akhannouch chef du gouvernement". Medias24 (in French). 10 September 2021. Retrieved 10 September 2021.
  5. ^ https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/morocco-aziz-akhannouch-billionaire-service-his-majesty-mohammed-vi
  6. ^ a b c Boum, Aomar; Park, Thomas K. (2016). Historical Dictionary of Morocco (3rd ed.). pp. 34–35. ISBN 9781442262966. Retrieved 10 November 2016.
  7. ^ a b c "Aziz Akhannouch & family". Forbes. Archived from the original on 13 November 2013. Retrieved 17 November 2013.
  8. ^ "Africa's Richest Billionaires 2020". forbes.com. Retrieved 21 April 2020.
  9. ^ Saad-Alami, Youness (27 September 2011). "Agriculture solidaire: Le coup de pouce d'Akhannouch Entretien avec le ministre de l'Agriculture et de la Pêche maritime". L'Economiste. Retrieved 30 September 2011.
  10. ^ "Morocco: Gov't Advocates Comparative Advantages Benefiting Agricultural Countries in International Markets". allafrica.com. 9 September 2011. Retrieved 30 September 2011.(subscription required)
  11. ^ "Aziz Akhannouch Elected President of RNI". moroccoworldnews.com. Retrieved 10 November 2016.
  12. ^ "US Climate Change Special Envoy in Morocco for COP 22 Discussions". Retrieved 10 November 2016.
  13. ^ Hekking, Morgan (17 March 2020). "Moroccan Government Members Donate Salaries to COVID-19 Fund". Morocco World News. Retrieved 26 March 2020.
  14. ^ "Morocco to create $1 billion fund to counter coronavirus outbreak". Reuters. 15 March 2020. Retrieved 26 March 2020.
  15. ^ "Mohammed VI nomme Aziz Akhannouch Chef de gouvernement". Telquel (in French). Retrieved 10 September 2021.

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