This week, some of the most important leaders in the public transport sector are meeting in Casablanca (Morocco) in the context of the UITP Policy Board and Executive Board meetings, as well as the UITP Bus Committee meeting.
“This is a first in Africa”, said UITP President Pere Calvet during a press conference on site, “and it is no coincidence that we’re meeting here today. Morocco is a well-recognised model in the region for sustainable urban mobility. Its authorities have acknowledged that only concrete action towards sustainability can improve the Kingdom’s economic, social and environmental performance”.
By choosing to meet in Casablanca, the Policy and Executive Boards – the two biggest decision-making bodies of UITP – are celebrating the determination of Moroccan authorities to provide public transport solutions adapted to the needs of their citizens. Over the years, Morocco has demonstrated a strong vision for public transport, in particular by leading a reflection around the decentralisation of public transport networks and by setting up the Support Fund for Transport Restructuring.
Reminding the objectives of the planned meetings, Mr Calvet stressed that the attending leaders "will also be inspired by local successes, because, during this week, Moroccan public transport and particularly those of Casablanca will be at the heart of global public transport discussions”.
Among the topics discussed, a particular emphasis was put on the potential and challenges of deploying and operating electric buses, as well as the future of Mobility as a Service (MaaS) and combined mobility.
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