CETMO travels to Mauritania
CETMO travels to Mauritania ahead of ninth GTMO 5+5 Ministerial Conference
- A delegation from CETMO led by General Director Òscar Oliver met Mauritania’s Ministry of Transport>
- The visit also enabled CETMO to gain an in-depth understanding of Mauritania’s transport system, infrastructure and future projects
A delegation from CETMO led by General Director Òscar Oliver travelled to Mauritania between 12 and 14 December 2017 with the aim of initiating talks ahead of the ninth Ministerial Conference of the GTMO 5+5 (Group of Transport Ministers of the Western Mediterranean). CETMO, in its role as permanent Technical Secretariat, is responsible for coordinating the transfer of the GTMO 5+5 presidency from Portugal to Mauritania.
The most important meeting was held with Mohamed Abdellahi Ould Oudaâ, the Minister of Equipment and Transport, and highlighted the importance of the GTMO 5+5 presidency for Mauritania. The minister expressed his willingness to organize a ministerial conference to bring the 10 ministers of the region together and help boost and promote the country, as well as strengthen Euro-Mediterranean cooperation on transport.>
During the visit to Mauritania, meetings were also held with representatives from the Directorate of Studies, Programming and Cooperation (DEPC), the Maritime Affairs Studies and Coordination Unit (CECAM), the General Directorate of Land Transport (DGTT), the General Directorate of Transport Infrastructure (DGIT), the National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC), the Airport Company of Mauritania (SAM), the Public Transport Corporation (STP) and the Port of Nouakchott.
The GTMO 5+5: a tool for Euro-Mediterranean cooperation
mission of the GTMO 5+5 is to advance cooperation in the transport sector in the Western Mediterranean. The members of the GTMO 5+5 are the ministers responsible for transport in the 10 countries of the region (Algeria, France, Italy, Libya, Malta, Mauritania, Morocco, Portugal, Spain and Tunisia) and CETMO, as its Technical Secretariat. The following organizations also participate as observers: the European Commission (EC), the General Secretariat of the Arab Maghreb Union (AMU), the General Secretariat of the Union for the Mediterranean (UFM), the Sociedad Española de Estudios para la Comunicación Fija a través del Estrecho de Gibraltar, S.A. (SECEGSA) and the Société Nationale d’Études du Détroit de Gibraltar (SNED). Financial institutions such as the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) also participate from time to time.
The activities of the GTMO 5+5 are based on the following priority areas for cooperation:
- Definition and development of a multimodal transport network in the Western Mediterranean, with special emphasis on links with trans-European networks and networks in neighbouring countries.
- Search for advantageous infrastructure-financing modes from financing partners.
- Exchange and transport facilitation, with special emphasis on the transport chain as a whole.
- The creation of a database and methods for regular identification of priorities in the region based on work carried out by CETMO.
- The identification of studies that will help develop transport in the region and the search for financing to carry them out.
- The reinforcement of transport safety and security in the region.