Fathallah Oualalou

Former Finance Minister, Morocco

Fathallah Oualalou (Arabic: فتح الله والعلو‎‎) (born 1942 in Rabat) is a Moroccan politician. He has been the mayor of Rabat since 2009. He was the Finance and Economy minister of Morocco between 1998 and 2007. He is a member of the Socialist Union of Popular Forces party (USFP).

Oualaalou graduated in economics from the Mohammed V University in Rabat, going on to obtain a “Diplôme d’études supérieures” (DES) in economics in Paris in 1966.

Political Activities

  • Former Minister of Economy and Finance (March 1998 – October 2007)
  • Former Mayor of Rabat (2009-2015)
  • Former head of the USFP Policy Office
  • Former member of the Moroccan Parliament (1977-2002) and President of the USFP Parliamentary Group
  • Former President of the National Union of Students of Morocco (1960s)
  • Founding member of the Moroccan Association of Solidarity with the Palestinian People (1968)

Scholarly Activities

  • Doctor of Economics (Paris 1968)
  • University Professor (since 1968)
  • Former President of the Association of Moroccan Economists and the Union of Arab Economists
  • Member of several research networks in Morocco, the Maghreb, the Arab world, the Euro-Mediterranean area and Africa
  • Associate Fellow at OCP Policy Center
  • Author of several books and publications on economic theory, international economic relations, Euro-Mediterranean space, financing issues and the global economic crisis of 2008. His latest book, “China and Us” was published in 2017.