Barcelona, 7 May, 2014. A high-level seminar entitled ‘Working days: Horizontal Actions for the Integration and Coordination of the Trans-Maghreb Motorway Axis management’ was held at the headquarters of the Union for the Mediterranean, in Barcelona, on 6-7 May 2014. The Working Days seminar was jointly organised by the Centre for Transportation Studies for the Western Mediterranean (CETMO), as Technical Secretariat of the Group of Transport Ministers of the Western Mediterranean (GTMO 5+5), and the UfM Secretariat, in partnership with the International Road Transport Union (IRU).
The objective of the meeting was to define an action plan concerning the key aspects of the motorway’s management, namely trade facilitation, infrastructure financing and pricing, road safety, and integration of the axis into the global transport system of the region. The implementation of this action plan will have a positive regional impact and the axis will act as a backbone for the mobility of people and goods in the Maghreb.
The “Completion of the Central Section of the Trans-Maghreb Motorway Axis” project was labelled by the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) in February 2012 in view of its regional importance and relevance. The project includes the completion of the Trans-Maghreb Motorway Axis Central Section missing links, and the coordination of the motorway axis’ management. The project will provide a continuous motorway corridor from Agadir (Morocco) to Ras Jedir (Tunisian-Libyan border).
The definition of the plan was carried out in a participatory manner with the contributions of the main parties involved in the development of the Mediterranean transport sector. The Secretariat of the Union for the Mediterranean will organise a meeting to discuss the progress of the Action Plan on 23 September, 2014 at its Barcelona headquarters.