Morocco was elected on Thursday, in the person of the Director General of the National Railways Office (ONCF), Mohamed Rabie Khlie, as vice-president of the International Union of Railways (UIC), in addition to his presidency of the UIC – Africa Region, announced the ONCF.
This election, for a term of office until the end of 2023, took place at the 98th UIC General Assembly, held at a distance. It constitutes “recognition of the renewal of the Moroccan railway sector and of its Arab-African leadership,” the Office said in a press release.
The unanimous election of the Kingdom, during this statutory meeting bringing together more than 180 senior officials of rail networks around the world, at the level of the supreme governing body of this international body, represents a first at the Arab level. African.
It intervenes with regard to the leadership of Morocco in this sector, materialized by its permanent and intense commitment and mobilization in the service of sustainable mobility and this, in accordance with the Enlightened Vision and the Forward-looking Orientations of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, in the material, we add from the same source.
The ONCF cites in this respect the major turning point of the national rail sector, “having marked a real renewal thanks to the structuring projects carried out within the framework of the policy of the large building sites instilled by the Sovereign”.
These projects have notably resulted in a remarkable qualitative leap in the mobility of travelers and goods, as well as a privileged international and continental repositioning in terms of competitiveness and quality as a viable network like an emerging country, underlines the ONCF.
Other factors that have led to this unprecedented global recognition being the efforts made by the country, by ensuring since 2010 the presidency of the Africa Region of this body and which have led to the federating of African networks around a common project, supported by structuring and innovative actions, notes the Office, noting that the results are indeed eloquent: they have made it possible to gain in terms of notoriety, recognition, involvement in major regional and continental projects as well as a privileged positioning with government and regional institutions concerned (African Union, NEPAD, Regional Economic Communities, donors).
This place of the ONCF in international and regional railway bodies “is in line with the policy drawn up by His Majesty King Mohammed VI, in terms of the influence of our country in the global arena and the strengthening of South-South cooperation. South which constitutes one of the major levers adopted within the framework of the New Development Model of our country ”, according to the press release.
Composed of more than 200 members bringing together all the operators and railway operators throughout the world, the UIC is the sole body for production, standardization, unification of reference systems, definition of technical standards and optimal operation. and safety of the rail system, as well as related research and development, the source concludes.