Morocco, Switzerland Eager to Strengthen Cooperation in Rail and Road Transportation
Morocco and Switzerland signed, on Friday, a memorandum of understanding to strengthen cooperation in the field of road and rail transportation.
The memorandum was signed following a working visit to Switzerland by a large Moroccan delegation led by Minister of Equipment, Transport, Logistics and Water Abdelkader Amara, and composed of senior officials from the ministry, public institutions and professionals in the road and civil engineering sectors.
It was signed by Amara and Federal Councilor Simonetta Sommaruga, Minister of Environment, Transport, Energy and Communication, following their bilateral talks that touched on road safety and took place during a train trip to Erstfeld to visit the Ripshausen heavy traffic control center.
The memorandum of understanding is the fruit of efforts by both parties to further cooperation and the sharing of technical expertise in the area of rail and road transport, Amara told MAP.
He said that the memorandum of understanding covers some 20 areas of cooperation, from planning to the operational phase, highlighting the importance of cooperation on transportation issues which concern at least two levels.
The first level concerns the theme of "sustainability", the minister noted, adding that in Morocco, this theme is a strategic direction, given the fact that the Kingdom has adopted a pioneering strategy of renewable energy.
The second aspect is related to efforts to be made for the development of railways so that it gains more importance because it is a mass transport means which is ecological and enables an optimized territorial development.
For her part, Federal Secretary Simonetta Sommaruga welcomed the signing of this agreement, noting that the discussions were an opportunity to share viewpoints on different issues related to transportation and infrastructure.