Mostafa Saidi, Rabat, Morocco

I have a lot of ties to Germany. Today, I’ve got more friends there than in Morocco. However, there is also a flip side to Germany. In my opinion there’s far too much bureaucracy, with too many laws and rules, and this is sometimes simply paralysing. Citizen sometimes get the impression that the state just administers itself. A lot could be done to improve this and make it more efficient. There is also plenty of room for improvement in terms of equal opportunities – both for women and for immigrants.

In the many years that I’ve been able to spend in Germany, I have learnt a lot. At the same time, it was always my aim to make a positive contribution to Germany, which is why I tried to help dismantle prejudices against foreigners in the country.

Over the last ten years, I have noticed a huge advancement when it comes to Morocco’s development. People’s living standards have increased tangibly. The infrastructure, which is highly significant for a country’s development, has improved considerably. Morocco still has a huge potential for further development, but this is still being hampered by shortcomings in education. The Moroccan government needs to do something to enable the education system to catch up with the needs of the rapidly growing, innovative labour market.