Developing and strengthening the capacities for the management of risks associated with land transport of chemical and biological materials in the North Africa and Sahel Region

Developing and strengthening the capacities for the management of risks associated with land transport of chemical and biological materials in the North Africa and Sahel Region

On 19 and 20 November, at the headquarters of the Technical Agency for Land Transport, was hold the first meeting of a delegation of European experts with the stakeholders of the Transport of Hazardous Materials in Tunisia. As the official launch of the project took place last April in Tunis that make this country, in somehow, the Alpha and the Omega of this first series of missions of contact with the partner countries of the project.

Since April, SecTrans-NAS has traveled thousands of kilometers to meet the major players in the transportation of hazardous materials in each of the six participating countries.

The mission in Tunis has allowed European experts to found out the great legislative and regulatory system available in Tunisia to mitigate the risks associated with the transport of dangerous goods in general. That said, some efforts still need to be made to bring national legislation into line with the international agreements and conventions to which the country is a signatory, but also to strengthen the technical skills of the administration.

Both the Focal Point and the Secretary General of the Ministry of Transport, who accompanied the work throughout the mission, wished that SecTrans-NAS adds value to what already exists. The experts have shown their willingness to make themselves available to the needs of the country.

In addition, it was also the occasion for SecTrans-NAS to visit the facilities of the Civil Protection of Tunis and to discover the magnificent possibilities of this organization for the organization of the regional exercises envisaged in the activities of the working groups 7 and 8.

For the coming months, SecTrans-NAS will collaborate on the development of the Tunis circulation plan update which will consider training modules for the technical profiles of the administration.

Both European experts and national representatives seem satisfied with the fruits of the workshops that took place.

Aussi bien les experts européens que les représentants nationaux semblent satisfait des fruits des ateliers qui ont eu lieu

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