If the idea of the project trans-Maghreb train seemed unrealizable despite the tensions between Morocco and Algeria, the dream can become reality after the announcement made by the official website of the Arab Maghreb Union (UMA). A railway line linking Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia should finally see the light of day as the project has just been relaunched.
The Union has launched, in this connection, an international call for applications to recruit “an individual consultant (or representative of a company) for the marketing and publicity of the study of the rehabilitation of the trans-Maghreb railway line”.
“Applications must be submitted to the Union’s registry office (located at 73 Tansift Street, Agdal, Rabat) before Friday 15 February 2019 at 12 a.m, or sent by post,” reads a statement in UMA release.
And to add that the African Development Bank has granted a grant to UMA to finance the cost of preparatory activities for this project. The donation will also serve to commercialize the project through the development of a marketing package and to prepare the donor round table to be held on March 28.
According to the Al Jazeera site, the railway line that will connect the three Maghreb countries is expected to extend for about 2350 km. Estimated at $ 3.8 billion, this project will facilitate trade and boost tourism in the Maghreb.