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FAI: the Moroccan infrastructure model at the heart of the 14th edition

The annual forum for the promotion of the transport infrastructure sector in North, West and Central Africa, FAI, is making a comeback in Morocco, more precisely in Rabat, in a new edition. In addition to road connectivity, rail and airport activities will be discussed.

One Africa Forums (ex i-conferences) invites you to meet on December 12 and 13, 2022 in Rabat for the 14th edition of the African Infrastructure Forum 2022, under the theme: “Transport infrastructure: an imperative for an integrated Africa”. More than 400 key players from around 30 countries will meet in the capital of Morocco, Rabat, to discuss between countries in the region on avenues for infrastructure development in Africa.

For this 2022 edition, the organizers have worked towards an intelligent and innovative evolution of the concept of this forum, in an integrative and merging dynamic, by widening the scope of reflection to the different components of this highly strategic sector, namely rail and airport activities in more road connectivity. With this new innovative format, FAI will experience a new dimension that will allow players in a holistic approach to sift through the major advances, delays and infrastructural weaknesses and, in turn, to arrive at a diagnosis that can serve as a guide for the authorities. states in their public policies.

In an inflationary context where health, security and ecological crises accentuate needs and redraw priorities, the question of African integration is more than ever in the forefront of the news. In gestation for years, the African Continental Free Trade Area is now in force and will have to have the means of its ambitions. However, the success of African trade integration cannot be ensured without adequate land, port and airport infrastructure capable of responding effectively to the development dynamics envisaged by African countries.

Morocco, through its proactive policies and its actions committed to the development of its infrastructure, can be an inspiring model for its African partners, especially since the country now has world-class infrastructure in the motorway (over 1800 km), rail (line LGV) or port (Tangier Med ranked among the 15 best ports in the world).

“While it is undeniable that many efforts have been made in recent years to remove barriers to trade and promote regional integration, the continent still has a long way to go and challenges to overcome to make this infrastructure real levers of regional and continental integration”, declared Mr. Hassan Alaoui, President of One Africa Forums.

Among the highlights of this 2022 edition, the call for projects session which represents an ideal opportunity for African infrastructure and transport ministries to present the projects scheduled in their countries in the short, medium and long term, a session in which will participate international donors as well as manufacturers, equipment manufacturers, engineering consulting firms, etc.

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