The sustainable development model of the Moroccan railway sector aroused great interest at an international conference recently organized in collaboration with the International Union of Railways (UIC) – Africa Region.
Presented by the Director General of the National Railways Office (ONCF), President of UIC – Africa Region, Rabie Khlie, the development model of the Moroccan railway sector attracted the attention of the audience of this teleconference held under “The challenges of sustainable development, which railways for tomorrow?” “, Indicated a press release from the ONCF on Saturday.
The ONCF includes the railway development model in the national strategy for sustainable development by 2030, based on the Guidelines and the enlightened vision of HM King Mohammed VI, reconciling the economic, social and environmental, underlines the same source.
Nearly 200 participants took part in this teleconference representing 36 countries from five continents coming from various horizons (institutional organizations, rail networks, donors, etc.), notes the same source.
This meeting which crowns the “green talks” engaged for a year, within the framework of the “African Rail Thursdays”, with a college of international and regional partners (decision-makers, institutions, infrastructure managers, operators, industrialists, financial backers. funds, experts, researchers…), resulted in the Rabat Appeal, called “African green rail deal for sustainable mobility”. More than 5,600 participants noted, with insistence and unanimously, the challenges of the profound transformations of transport systems to effectively integrate the imperatives of sustainable development and adaptation to climate change, in particular for countries developing, especially in Africa, continues the same source.
Representing the voice of the African railway community, the participants stood in solidarity and engaged, to present, to the negotiators of the COP26 scheduled from 01 to 12 November 2021 in Scotland, the Rabat Appeal, in order to support the development of the railway Africa at the service of eco-mobility in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and reiterate UIC’s commitment to carbon neutrality for railways by 2050.
This teleconference constituted a suitable platform allowing participants to inquire about the policies adopted in terms of sustainable development and to understand the experiences and good practices of rail networks throughout the world.
In addition, it made it possible to identify initiatives (regulatory, fiscal, technical, organizational, commercial, financial and managerial) likely to strengthen the positioning of the rail mode and support it sustainably and effectively. The ambition being to transform the African rail space in order to make it the backbone of a more viable and efficient transport system, providing a reliable solution to the project of regional integration and sustainable mobility within from the continent.