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Abdelilah Hifdi receives IRU Order of Merit


07 May 2012



IRU awards Abdelilah Hifdi, Secretary General, AMTRI and President, FT CGEM, the IRU Order of Merit for his contribution to the development of the Moroccan road transport industry.

Casablanca – The International Road Transport Union (IRU) has awarded the distinguished IRU Order of Merit to Mr Abdelilah Hifdi, Secretary General, AMTRI and President, FT CGEM, for dedicating his career to the development of the road transport industry at national and international level in Morocco.  Thanks to his continuous support for the work of the IRU, Morocco is one of the only African countries using the TIR System with all of the IRU risk management tools such as the IRU TIR-EPD and Real-Time SafeTIR (RTS).

In 1996, he worked hand in hand with the IRU Secretariat General and the road transport associations in the Maghreb to set up the first committee representing the interests of the Western Mediterranean region, MEDOC.  It is through this cooperation that the IRU was able, with his full support, to successfully organise the 26th IRU World Congress in Marrakesh in 1998. 

Mr Hifdi collaborated most recently with the port authorities of the new port of Tangiers-Med and the highest Moroccan authorities to successfully bring together 22 Ministers and road transport associations of North-West Africa to conclude a Resolution asking the IRU to set up a Regional Committee for Africa and to obtain approval of the IRU Rules of Procedure, budget and working programme from all participants.  In addition, the office for the IRU Permanent Delegation to Africa has also been able to operate efficiently thanks to Mr Hifdi’s contribution.

His dedication has always been instrumental in the successful work of the IRU to promote and further facilitate trade and international road transport in the region so that future generations can benefit from the IRU motto, “Working together for a better future”.

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