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Press Release: Successful 3rd edition of the Sustainable Mobility Conference in Morocco

Successful 3rd edition of the Sustainable Mobility Conference in Morocco
Morocco, 29 November 2019

Successful 3rd edition of the Sustainable Mobility Conference in Morocco

After the resounding success of the last two editions, the third edition of the International Conference on Sustainable Mobility took place this week in Marrakech under the theme: “Road Transport and sustainable mobility for a sustainable future”.

Organized by Moroccan Highways (ADM) in collaboration with its historical partners the International Road Federation (IRF) and the European Association of Operators of Toll Road Infrastructures (ASECAP) this edition brought together more than 200 national and international speakers, experts, operators, investors to debate the issues of sustainable mobility in the light of technological developments of recent years.

Addressing the audience at the closing ceremony, H.E A. Amara, Minister of Transport of Morocco said “It is a real pride to note that this conference has become a must attend event bringing together all players in sustainable mobility, be they political, institutional, technical, scientific or associative, national or international. (…) If this third Conference is the result of a deep understanding of the issues to be address, it is above all the consecration of a fruitful partnership of ADM with the IRF and the ASECAP.”

“Sustainable mobility is mobility that meets the access needs of the population and maintains human and ecosystem health, while also promoting equity within and between generations. For IRF, sustainable mobility means addressing a fundamental part of the quality of life of people” stated Bill Halkias, President of IRF, in his welcoming speech. “Delivering this vision implies that all of us work together and in synergy. (…) Sustainable Mobility for All (SuM4All) – an initiative led by the World Bank and of which IRF is an active member – launched a month ago the Global Roadmap of Action Toward Sustainable Mobility (GRA), a tool to guide country decision-makers on “how to” achieve mobility that is efficient, accessible, safe, and green. With the GRA we have finally and for the first time a clear vision that can be translated into immediate action. We look forward to working with countries – like Morocco – and industry on a new and impactful pipeline of projects” he continued.

Speaking in the opening session, Christophe Boutin, President of ASECAP “I’m very proud to be the 1st President of ASECAP to involve our organization in this event. This association was obvious. Sustainable mobility is the challenge we all have to face. (…) Sustainable mobility means first road safety. Highway infrastructure such as the one managed by ASECAP members are the safest road infrastructure in all of our countries. Our industry has the responsibility to help foster a greener way of transportation, that will generate less emission. We have already started and our contribution is growing. Everywhere in Europe, toll road operators are encouraging carpooling, despite its potential impact on traffic and revenues”.

Commenting on the success of this third edition, Anouar Benazzouz, DG ADM, “For more than a decade, Morocco has embarked on ambitious projects to raise its infrastructures to international standards. Among these large-scale projects, the Moroccan motorway network with 1800 km of motorways and 1,080 km of expressways is at the forefront. Since its creation in 1989, ADM has placed sustainable development and road safety at the heart of its development strategy with a view to guaranteeing future generations a sustainable and sustainable future. We have thus initiated numerous projects to address important issues such as water resource optimization, reduction of electricity consumption, waste management and of course road safety. We immensely value the collaboration with IRF and ASECAP as it allows us to progress steadily and effectively on these matters.

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Established in 1948, IRF is a membership-based organisation, representing leading corporate and institutional players drawn from the road and mobility sectors worldwide. Its mission is to promote the development of roads and road networks that enable access and sustainable mobility for all. Its approach is centred on key strategic components of knowledge transfer & information sharing, connecting people, businesses and organisations and policy & advocacy. Through its Expert Groups and Committees that address key economic, environmental and social issues, IRF is qualified and able to make a decisive global contribution to the transport sector. As a not-for-profit organisation, based in Switzerland, IRF provides a neutral and global platform for the road and mobility