UNECE and the Centre for Transportation Studies for the Western Mediterranean (CETMO) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to boost intermodal transport in Western Mediterranean.
Under the agreement, the two parties will work together to develop transport corridors connecting Africa and Europe through the Western Mediterranean and promote the accession of Maghreb countries to UNECE-administered UN international legal instruments aiming at facilitating international transport and trade.
“This partnership with CETMO will facilitate the connection of the Western Mediterranean to the fast-developing Euro-Asian Transport corridors linking East Asia and Europe. This should open up new trade opportunities in support of the socioeconomic development of the region and its people, thus supporting countries in the Western Mediterranean in their efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals,” UNECE Executive Secretary Olga Algayerova said.
The two institutions will develop and implement, as appropriate, joint programmes and projects to identify and address international transport and logistics issues of priority. The parties will identify investment priorities for the development of corridors in Southern Europe and the Maghreb through close cooperation in the work carried out under UNECE’s Euro-Asian Transport Links project. they will promote the identified investment priorities to International Financial Institutions and other donors, will support transport infrastructure development including upgrading of priority road and railway routes and construction of missing links, logistics centres, dry ports.
In addition, simplification and harmonization of administrative border crossing procedures and documentation will be supported.
UNECE and CETMO will contribute to the further development of comprehensive road, rail, port and airport networks for passengers and freight in Southern Europe and the Maghreb.