On 19th and 20th June, the dependencies of the Regional Office of the Centers of Excellence of the U.E. hosted the first activities of Project SecTrans-Nas in Algeria.
In the presence of the director of the Regional Office and national focal point, Mr. El Hadj Lamine, and several representatives of various ministries and general directorates, services and public bodies belonging to the Algerian CBRN national team, the consortium experts presented and promoted SecTrans-Nas in all its extent and scope to their counterparts.
Then two workshops took place. The first, on strengthening the legal framework, aimed to collect and analyze all available information on legislation on the transport of dangerous goods in general, and, in particular, on chemical and biological materials. The second workshop looked at the methodology and feasibility of the traffic plans included in the project.
The discussions with the participants and the authorities during the 3 activities allowed the European experts to detail several aspects of their missions and the local experts to put on the table the specificities and particular needs of Algeria.
It emerged from these meetings that Algeria has a significant legal arsenal to minimize risks associated with the transport of dangerous chemical and biological materials, a few bills or decrees yet- to-be-developed notwithstanding.
The development of traffic plans, one general and the other specific to the capital, was also discussed. The parties agreed to study the possibility of various adjustments to the terms of reference adapting them to the idiosyncasies and needs of the region and country. The possibility of moving the traffic plan from the capital to another city was mooted.
It should be noted that this first mission to Algeria was the first physical step towards project implementation. Ubi est debitem honorem honorem, Algeria being the first country in alphabetical order but also and especially as it remains the host country of the Regional Office of North Africa and the Sahel Region.
In July, the caravan of Sectrans_nas will make a stop in Burkina Faso and Mali