Mr. Youssef Draiss, holds a state Engineer Diploma obtained in 1992 and began his career at the National Agency of Cadastre Land Conservation and Cartography. From 1997 to 2003, Mr. Draiss practiced at the Inspectorate General of Territorial Administration Ministry of Interior. Promoted in 2003, he became division chief at the General Management of Local authorities of the Department of the Interior.
In August 2007, Mr. Draiss is nominated Director of the programs pole of Casablanca Town Hall. And in 2008, he is appointed as General Manager of Casa Transports SA, the company in charge of the of the construction of public transportation in dedicated lanes network amongst which the first tramway line of Casablanca.
Along with the State Engineer Diploma, Mr. Draiss thrived to go further with his studies and obtained a Law Degree from Mohammed V University in Rabat, a Higher Education Management Diploma from the High Institute of Trade and Company Management and finally a Diploma from the High Institute of Territorial Development and planning of ENCP-Paris.
Casablanca city, main Moroccan Metropolis and a key economic capital in Africa, has set up a comprehensive strategy in order to accomplish its major economic role in the kingdom. In this framework, urban mobility constitutes a main development axel to complement the implementation of the strategy and to preserve the city’s position as regional economic capital.
An ambitious urban mobility master plan is set in motion since 2004, and tackles 3 main factors, building modern and state of art public transport systems over 110 km long, restructuring of buses network in order to achieve an optimized mobility through the regulation of parking, traffic, taxis…and reviewing the business model of urban mobility management.
Following the launch of the first Casablanca tramway line (31 km), in progress is the progressive construction of an additional 80 km tramway lines throughout the period of 2015 – 2022. The works of the second line are planned to launch in 2015.
In order to achieve public transport set objectives, which cost is estimated at 16 billion dirhams, the Moroccan government established a dedicated fund in charge of the financing of investments up to 85% and the reimbursement of the debt of the first tramway line. Moreover the fund is planned to provision the operational deficit until the achievement of small balance.