The Office National des Chemins de Fer (ONCF) organizes remotely, from 07 to 18 June 2021, the ninth cycle of training on railway safety provided to nearly 100 senior officials representing 14 African railway networks: Algeria, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Congo Brazzaville, Côte d'Ivoire, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Gabon, Niger, Mauritania, Morocco, Senegal, Chad and Tunisia.
As part of the deployment of the action plan of the International Union of Railways (UIC) - Africa Region chaired by Morocco since 2010, this cycle was initiated in view of the importance and the stake of this activity in the operability of African rail networks, the challenges of improving productivity and quality of service.
Led by about twenty Moroccan experts, this cycle is an ideal opportunity for participants to share best practices, learn about developments and capitalize on feedback, in order to address the constraints observed in the field of safety as a strategic component of the production system.
Moreover, it is an imperative need at a time when the continent denotes ambitious investment programs in the sector requiring inevitably a rise in skills and expertise, to adapt to new technologies and digitalization that has not failed to penetrate, or even profoundly transform, the rail transport.
To make this training cycle more relevant, more attractive and achieve the expected objectives, a program has been established including daily conferences related to technical, organizational and managerial aspects.
In addition, it should be recalled that the ONCF continues to multiply its initiatives to share its experience and know-how with African networks, in order to give a new impetus and further revitalize the South-South partnership in the various railway fields.
In the last five years, some twenty conferences/seminars have been organized on current and targeted topics (mobilization of 250 experts and 3500 participants), 16 training cycles on track safety and maintenance (560 participants and 140 ONCF experts) and 75 visits to sites and construction sites in addition to exchanges of information and experience...
In addition to this is the recent launch, by the presidency of the UIC - Africa Region, of a prospective study on the definition of a new strategy for the development of rail in Africa by 2063, to align and support the African agenda set for this horizon, and which will see the involvement of all regional economic communities and institutions and organizations concerned including the African Union Commission responsible for transport.
Thus, the objective of these efforts is to contribute to the development of a reliable and viable African rail transport system, which will contribute to sustainable mobility and economic inclusion of the continent, in line with the policy outlined by His Majesty King Mohammed VI, May God help him, in terms of strengthening South-South cooperation, which is one of the major levers adopted as part of the new development model in our country by 2035 presented to the Sovereign on Tuesday, May 25, 2021.
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