Council of Europe study highlights corruption risks in Morocco foreign trade ministry

The EU-linked Council of Europe says Morocco has been slow to implement anti-corruption measures in its new constitution and is highlighting the corruption risks at the Ministry of Foreign Trade.

The study, which was funded by the European Union and obtained Thursday by The Associated Press, examined the Ministry of Foreign Trade as part of its anti-corruption program with Morocco and found inadequate measures in place to stop corruption.

Morocco ranks 80th out of 178 countries on Transparency International's Corruption Index.

The study found the ministry, which is the government body dealing with companies interested in investing, had unclear recruitment and payment policies, no policy to protect whistleblowers and no public access to information.

Morocco's 2011 constitutional amendments, responding to Arab Spring protests, included corruption-fighting measures.