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Morocco inspired by the German model

Morocco inspired by the German model
Morocco inspired by the German model

On the occasion of the InnoTrans 2022 international transport fair, the Minister of Transport and Transport, Mohammed Abdeljalil, and his German counterpart Volker Wissing, met on September 20 in Berlin to explore possible cooperation in the transport sector.

In a statement on the meeting between the Minister of Transport, Mohammed Abdeljalil and his German counterpart Volker Wissing agreed to deepen cooperation and mutual exchanges and to promote joint work between representatives of the two countries in this sector. This is intended to prepare the conclusion of cooperation agreements.

The discussion focused on the development of bilateral relations in the areas of rail, air and road traffic as well as road safety. The German Minister of Digital and Transport invited Mohammed Abdeljalil to participate in the meeting of railway bosses, which took place on the sidelines of the international railway exhibition in Berlin. Mrs. Zohour Alaoui, Ambassador of the Kingdom in Berlin, was also present at this meeting.

Mohammed Abdeljalil has returned the favor to his German counterpart for an official visit to Morocco to attend the World Congress of High Speed ​​Trains, to be held in Marrakech in March 2023.

During his stay in Berlin, Abdeljalil, who visited several pavilions of internationally active train builders, explained that this meeting is part of the dynamic that currently characterizes the Moroccan-German relationship on which the two countries are trying to lean.

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A high-level delegation from the Office National des Chemins de Fer (ONCF) led by its Managing Director was also present.

Morocco plans investments in rail transport

The InnoTrans 2022 international transport exhibition is of great interest given the significant investments in rail transport planned by Morocco.

Moreover, the executive had already announced that the country intended to invest more in Africa’s first high-speed train network. But investments are also to be made in the conventional rail network.

The current network dates largely from the French colonial period and the modernizations that have taken place since have also been implemented with the help of France, notably the new high-speed network.

So far, the Moroccan TGV has connected the cities of Tangier, Rabat and Casablanca. In the future, the cities of Marrakech and Agadir must be connected by 2040. At the same time, an extension to the cities of Meknés and Fés is envisaged. Feasibility studies are being prepared and calls for tenders are being prepared. France and China are trying to obtain the order for the Casablanca – Marrakech and Marrakech-Agadir sections, while Korea has received the study order.

Germany was already interested in an order for the first Tangier-Casablanca line and was initially a competitor to France and had complained about the opacity of the award procedure after the contract was awarded to Paris and Rabat.

The article is in French


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