Algeria, Belgium ink framework agreement on rail transport

BRUSSELS- The National Rail Transport Company (SNTF) and Belgium’s National Railway Company (SNCB) signed, Monday in Brussels, a framework agreement aiming at strengthening cooperation and establishing a new cooperation platform to contribute to the respective development of each company.

The document was inked by SNTF General Manager Yacine Bendjaballah and SNCB Chairman of Board of Directors Jean-Claude Fontinoy, during the visit of Minister of Transport and Public Works Boudjemaa Talai to Belgium, at the invitation of Belgian Minister of Mobility Francois Bellot.

The framework agreement aims at “improving the efficiency of each company and its performance on the market,” said Talai on the sidelines of the signing ceremony.

In accordance with the agreement, the SNCB would provide training services according to the needs of SNTF, said Fontinoy

“The modernization of the Algerian rail network and the purchase of new high-speed trains require the training of the staff,” said Bendjaballah.

He also announced that those new trains would be commissioned by early 2018.

Source: Algeria, Belgium ink framework agreement on rail transport

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