On Thursday, July 11th, a delegation of experts from Sectrans-Nas met members of the Mali CBRN national team.
The purpose of the meeting was, on the one hand, to establish initial contact with various Malian representatives with a view to outlining the main aspects of work that will be undertaken over the three-year implementation period by the SecTrans-NAS project team. On the other hand, identifying key interlocutors for the issues addressed was also key, as was the gathering of as much information as possible on the transportation of hazardous materials by road. That way we could mutually agree to set in motion ways of collaboration aimed at achieving the desired results.
In this sense, it should be noted that, given the particular circumstances of the country in terms of security, the Malian representatives present at the meeting welcomed the project with great enthusiasm while affirming their total commitment to making the project a success.
The discussions that took place revealed certain country-specific needs, in particular the importance of trade flows, and thus of road transport, with Mali being part of the African Atlantic Façade. This factor has led the Malian authorities to suggest ways of synergy and cooperation that go beyond the North Africa and Sahel region, bearing this in mind.
On the other hand, the specific needs of Mali require that those hazardous materials covered by the project be referred to under the CBRN acronym.
Regarding legislative matters, experts have identified a different work pathway that should make a rapprochement to international standards possible without compromising or placing a hindrance on economic development.
The two parties bade each other farewell firmly committed to opening a direct line of communication to expand upon shared information, data sources and competent interlocutors so that the next scheduled workshops lead to real progress in the implementation of the project.
European experts are keen to emphasise the warmth of the welcome they received.