The 15th and 16th October saw the visit of a SecTrans-NAS delegation of experts to Niger.
In his opening address, the secretary general of the Ministry of Transport thanked, on behalf of his ministry, the project team and the CBRN representatives for their presence. He also underlined the strategic importance that the correct handling of hazardous materials meant for Niger.
It was in this context that he urged his compatriots to take full advantage of the exchange and sharing of experiences the SecTrans-NAS project will offer up. Niger expect concrete proposals that strengthen institutional and national response capabilities where the transport of dangerous merchandise is concerned.
For his part, the Focal Point outlined to participants the project genesis and also passed on to the audience the sentiments of regret from the prime minister’s chief of staff for his inability to attend this launching.
Following inauguration, project work swiftly began with each of the 8 work groups being presented in turn.
Exchanges on the legal framework revealed the timeliness of the SecTrans-NAS initiative seeing that Niger is in the finalisation phase of drafting specifications for the Ministry of Transport decree that sets out conditions for granting approvals in this area. European experts will be involved in this work.
Interest was aroused on a potential traffic route plan for Niamey. The capital was the unanimous choice for the plan.
The mission wrapped up with a visit to the civil protection buildings where experts had a brief interview with the director general and discussed different options for conducting project simulation exercises.
It seems that an excellent collaboration has just been established between the project Nigerian stakeholders.