More than 100 senior officials representing 13 African railway companies are taking part in a training session organized by Moroccan national railway operator, Office National des Chemins de Fer (ONCF).
The four-day training, which started on Monday, is part of the action plan set out by the International Union of Railways (UIC) for Africa Region, chaired by Morocco since 2010.
The goal of the event is to improve the African railways maintenance, safety, productivity, efficiency and service.
The training session, moderated by Moroccan and international experts, provides an opportunity for participants to share best practices, and learn how to address the constraints observed in the maintenance of this strategic component of the production apparatus.
Besides lectures related to technical, organizational, managerial and financial aspects, the session features virtual visits to ONCF sites and workshops, including the workshop dedicated to the maintenance of the high speed train “Al Boraq”.
ONCF is multiplying initiatives to share its experience and know-how with African partners, part of efforts to further revitalize South-South partnership in the various railway fields.
Over five years, this cooperation has focused on the organization of 20 conferences/seminars on topical and targeted subjects, having mobilized over 200 experts and about 2,500 participants; the holding of 15 training courses focusing on railway safety and security as well as on track maintenance for the benefit of nearly 420 participants supervised by 120 ONCF experts.