The main features of this conference are:
- Estimated number of participants: 400
- Venue: Marrakech
- Stand exhibition
- Event structure: 2 plenary sessions (opening and closing), 1 round table, 8 sessions and technical visits
- Working languages: Arabic, French and English. Any other language is possible if the speaker provides an interpreter
Following successful editions held in Rome (2005), Paris (2007), Brussels (2011) and Moscow (2013), the 5th NEXTSTATION 2015 International Conference on Railway Stations will take place for the first time on the African continent in Marrakech, on 21 and 22 October 2015. This high-profile global railway event on the themes of station development and operations, will be hosted by Moroccan Railways (ONCF), and jointly organised with the International Union of Railways (UIC)..
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Since 2005, several thousand decision-makers from higher railway management and the transport world, economy and finance, banks, business and trade, architecture and urban planning, have actively participated in the debates and exchanges organised as part of the NEXTSTATION conference.
NEXTSTATION 2015 will be dedicated to the theme “Rethinking Sta¬tions for Future Intermobility”. This international event will provide a unique opportunity for high-level speakers and panellists to address all strategic issues related to the creation, development and opera¬tion of railway stations, such as project development and financing, station management, station and urban planning, the sustainable, eco-friendly railway station, facilities and design, commercial use of station space and services, multimodality and accessibility.
Following its four previous editions, NEXTSTATION has become a benchmark event, a privileged venue for sharing information and experience on the development and operation of stations across the world. Developing a new generation of railway stations that meet the needs of mobility and society – whilst respecting the aims of sustainable development – is a strategic goal for all UIC member railway companies.
The NEXTSTATION programme will include plenary sessions (open¬ing and 1 roundtable), 8 parallel sessions, a professional trade fair open to all partners and suppliers from the station sector, as well as a programme of technical and cultural visits.
The conference will be held in the Palmeraie Resorts of Marrakech. The resort is composed of a congress centre and 2 hotels, the Palmeraie Palace and the Golf hotel, which will welcome all the participants.
The NEXT STATION Honorary Committee already includes following prominent persons from Marocco and from the international rail transport sector:
- Mr. Abdel Aziz Rabbah, Minister of Equipment and Transport, Kingdom of Morocco
- Mrs. Paulette Mengue M’Owono, Minister of Transport, Republic of Gabon
- Mr. Gaoussou Toure, Ministry of Transports, Republic of Ivory Coast
- Mr. Mamadou Hachim KOUMARE, Minister of Equipement, Transports , republic of Mali
- Mr. Mansour Elimane KANE, Minister of Infrastructure, Land Transports , republic of Senegal
- Mr. Abdeslim Bekrate, Walli of the Marrakech Area
- Mr. Mohammed Rabie Khlie, Director-General, ONCF, Chairman of UIC African Region, Mr. Vladimir Yakunin, President JSC Russian Railways RZD, UIC Chairman
- Mr. Michele Marco Elia, CEO of Italian Railways FS Italiane, UIC Vice Chairman, Chairman of UIC Europe
- Mr. Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, UIC Director General
- Mr. Satoshi Seino, Chairman, East Japan railway Company EJRC, Chairman UIC Asia-Pacific Region
- Mr. Ömer Yildiz, President and CEO, Turkish State Railways TCDD, Chairman of UIC Middle-East Region
- Mr. Mohammad Khalid Al Suwaiket, President, Saudi Railways Organization SRO, UIC Middle-East Vice Chairman
- Mr. Guilherme Quintella, Brazil, Chairman of UIC Latin American Region.