The total investment needed would exceed 71,000 million euros.
A delegation from the Center for Transport Studies for the Western Mediterranean (CETMO) has participated in the 80th session of the United Nations Internal Transport Committee (Unece-Geneva), where it has highlighted the relevance of the Euro-Mediterranean region and the need to a multimodal trans-maghrebi corridor. The delegation, headed by its director general Óscar Oliver, traveled to the United Nations headquarters in Geneva to intervene in the segment dedicated to Intermodality: the key to sustainable transport and mobility.
The intervention of CETMO was based on the “contribution of data and conclusions that show not only the need to finish the Mediterranean Corridor, but to give it a logical continuation in its regional scope across the southern part, such as the Maghreb”. Thus, Maghreb has its main trading partners in the European countries of the Western Mediterranean (Portugal, Spain, France, Italy and Malta). 40% of their exports go to these countries, of which they also receive 28% of their imports.
On the other hand, it became clear that the creation of new infrastructures is a necessary element for the development of trade in the region. Despite this, the balance on the two shores of the Mediterranean is very uneven. It is for this reason that CETMO works for the creation of the Trans-Maghrebi Multimodal Corridor, which would mean a natural prolongation of the Mediterranean Corridor across its southern slope, as well as add an element of territorial and commercial cohesion that will benefit the entire region.
Currently, the Trans-Maghrebi Multimodal Corridor would require the construction or modernization of 36% of the road network, 88% of the rail network (both for passengers and freight), of five ports and 13 logistics platforms, with an estimated cost of 71,800 million of euros.
Finally, training is also considered a vital element to ensure the efficient operation of the network and its intermodality. Therefore, exchanges of knowledge and good practices among experts from the countries of the region are vital. In short, CETMO presented the need not to limit the Mediterranean Corridor to European countries, but to complement it with a lengthening towards the Maghreb region which would “constitute a truly Mediterranean transport network”.
The Internal Transportation Committee (ITC), of which CETMO is a permanent observer, is the highest policy-making body of the UNECE (United Nations Economic Commission for Europe) in the field of transport. Over the past 70 years, together with its subsidiary bodies, ITC has provided a pan-European intergovernmental forum, where UNECE member countries come together to forge tools of economic cooperation, negotiate and adopt international legal instruments on land transport. These legal instruments are considered indispensable for the development of efficient, harmonized, integrated, safe and sustainable pan-European transport systems.
Source: El Vigia