Morocco Promotes Road Safety

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In efforts to improve road safety in Morocco, a new Academy for Safe Truck Driving operating under the French acronym, ACCES – Académie de Conduite de Camions En Sécurité has been inaugurated at the National Institute for Road Transport Professions Training.

In support of the Government of Morocco’s efforts towards improving road safety, a new Academy for Safe Truck Driving operating under the French acronym ACCES – Académie de Conduite de Camions En Sécurité has been inaugurated at the National Institute for Road Transport Professions Training in Casablanca.

This is part of the Moroccan Government’s framework to train approximately 500 youth and professional drivers to operate various types of trucks and buses in a safe and fuel-efficient manner.

The academy opening ceremony took place in Casablanca and was attended by project partners, notably Abdellatif El Bouch, Secretary General of Morocco’s State Secretariat in charge of vocational training; Loubna Tricha, Managing Director of the Office of Vocational Training and Work Promotion (OFPPT); and Dana Mansuri, Mission Director of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Morocco. Johan Reiman, CSR Project Manager at the Volvo Group and Virpi Stucki, Industrial Development Officer at the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) were also in attendance.

By providing state-of-the-art equipment, a specialized training curriculum, and trainers benefitting from technical and pedagogical upgrades, this new Academy will support youth employability within the rapidly expanding trucking sector, whilst helping to mitigate the road transport industry’s environmental impact.

Loubna Tricha, OFPPT Managing Director, reaffirmed her Office’s commitment to supporting all public and private initiatives aiming at improving youth employability, as well as professional drivers’ safe driving skills. “This public-private partnership represents a new opportunity to put the expertise of our institution at the service of a great national cause, namely road safety.”

“This training will reduce the number of road accidents in Morocco, and Volvo is proud to support the government of Morocco in making Moroccan roads safer,” said Johan Reiman, CSR Project Manager at the Volvo Group. “By training local manpower, we will also be able to contribute to sustainable growth in the countries in which Volvo Group operates”.