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“Railway as a Vehicle for Maghreb Integration” is the theme of the Maghreb Conference on Railway Transportation organised, on Friday in Tunis, by the Transport Ministry

“Railway as a Vehicle for Maghreb Integration” is the theme of the Maghreb Conference on Railway Transportation organised, on Friday in Tunis, by the Transport Ministry jointly with the Tunisian Industry, Trade and Handicrafts Union (UTICA).

Representatives of railway companies from the five Maghreb countries, namely Algeria, Libya, Morocco, Mauritania and Tunisia, are taking part in the Conference.

Chairing the opening session, Transport Minister Abderrahim Zouari called for unifying technical choices in the Maghreb railway and high-speed train projects, recommending to create a Maghreb institution in charge of exchanging information and sharing expertise. He reminded that specifications on the survey about the Maghreb high-speed train had been adopted, but financing remained the main challenge to be taken up in this field.

The minister voiced satisfaction at Libya’s readiness to improve services of the Maghreb railway and the high-speed train and the achievement of the Maghreb highway, as part of the understanding memorandum signed last April by the 5+5 Group and the Arab Maghreb Union (AMU) Secretariat-general.

AMU Secretary-General Habib Ben Yahia said that the extensions projects of Maghreb railways, to link the Libyan city of Tobruk to the Mauritanian capital Nouakchott, have always been among the Maghreb unification projects.

For his part, UTICA Chairman Hédi Djilani asserted that the Maghreb space could serve as a stopover between Europe and Africa, in the prospect of edifying a large Euro-Mediterranean economic space, pointing out the role to be played by railways and highways in building up that sphere.

According to the lectures given during the Conference, the Tunisian share of the Maghreb high-speed railway would cover 780 km, and achievement costs are estimated at 8 billion dinars.

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Posted January 16, 2011 by newworldconsulting in Uncategorized

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