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Egypt, Sudan to Cement Cooperation in Transport

Egypt, Sudan to Cement Cooperation in Transport

Thursday, 26 November, 2020 - 08:00
Vehicles drive on a new stretch of highway north of Cairo, Oct. 18, 2017. Photo by REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh.

Egyptian and Sudanese officials have expressed keenness on strengthening bilateral cooperation in the transportation sector.

While the ministers of transport in both countries agreed, in a joint meeting in Cairo, on increasing the capital of the Nile Valley Authority for River Navigation to USD50 million, experts discussed mechanisms to link both countries via railways.

Egyptian Minister of Transport Kamel al-Wazir and his Sudanese counterpart Hashim Ibn Auf chaired the Authority's general assembly on Tuesday.

They discussed upgrading the river units and ships, and stressed construction of new units. The new ones would hold up to 750-1,500 tons compared to the old units that carry small loads.

Wazir affirmed that the political leadership ordered to revive the Authority, a sign of the distinguished cooperation between the two states.

Ibn Auf noted that cooperation and integration between the two nations have proven to be fruitful.

The ministers also discussed a number of road projects, such as executing the land road between Egypt and Chad passing through Sudan, and the Cairo to Cape Town road that stretches through nine African countries.

Director General of Egyptian National Railways Ashraf Raslan also discussed with the Sudanese Minister of Transport means of railway coopetition.

Raslan expressed the Egyptian leadership’s interest in implementing the railway project connecting Egypt and Sudan.

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