The High Commission for Planning (HCP, Haut Commissariat au Plan) is the Moroccan national statistics office. The main national producer of economic, demographic and social statistics, HCP’s roles include drawing up national accounts, evaluating the macroeconomic framework, carrying out situation studies and prospective research.
In Morocco, the ministerial department of Planning within the Government has traditionally been responsible for managing the national statistical system.
Since 2003, upon instructions from His Majesty The King Mohammed VI, this department was raised as an administration of mission headed by a High Commissioner for Planning, appointed with the rank of Minister by His Majesty the King. This reform has awarded the independence of statistics, planning and prospective studies and public policy evaluation, a new institutional and intellectual dimension.
Morocco subscribed in 2005 to the IMF’s Special Data Dissemination Standard (SDDS). The HCP is a member of the United Nations Statistical Commission, of the directing committee of MEDSTAT, a cooperation program launched by the European Commission, of the African working group on National Accounts, of the Board of PARIS 21 and Vice-President of the Statistical Commission for Africa. It is admitted to the OECD Committee on Statistics in charge of developing alternative measurements for human development and social progress.
The HCP develops a wide network of scientific and technical exchange with statistical and prospective institutions worldwide and in the framework of growing cooperation with developing countries, particularly those of the Maghreb and Africa.