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Egypt, Germany to Boost Railway Cooperation

Egypt, Germany to Boost Railway Cooperation

Friday, 17 September, 2021 - 09:45
The Egyptian Minister of Transport and the German Railways delegation (Egyptian government)

Egypt’s Transport Minister Major General Kamel Al Wazir said he is looking forward to furthering cooperation with Germany in the coming period in the field of railways and electric locomotives.

The cooperation would upgrade the quality of services provided to customers, the minister stated.

Developing the network relies on five factors, the mobile units, the railway, updating the traffic signal system, deepening the workshops and supplying them with modern equipment, and finally training the laborers.

Notably, Egypt has recently witnessed several train accidents that killed and wounded many.

The Egyptian minister met with a delegation from Deutsche Bahn to discuss means of cooperation in railways and railway electric traction.

Wazir said that Egypt looks forward to the cooperation with Germany, noting that it would be divided into two parts.

The first is represented by cooperation in consultations regarding railways through providing analysis, results, recommendations, and procedures related to the technical issues.

This cooperation also covers the human resources and the safety and security system for trains and equipment.

The second part is represented by investment cooperation with the private sector and international companies, for the sake of achieving competency among different companies.

This would positively affect the quality of services provided to customers and would help maintain the properties of the railways and aggravate their resources.

In the same context, the minister noted that a contract was signed with the Railway Equipment Factory (SEMAF) to purchase 1,000 freight cars.

“Egypt is developing a high-speed electric rail line that will eventually extend to 1,825 km,” he added. “Operating and managing this network could represent ideal cooperation, given that Deutsche Bahn has a wide experience in this sector.”

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