EGYPT is to develop joint projects with African countries including a highway between Cairo and Cape Town.
Egypt’s Minister of Transport Hisham Arafat confirmed the reports during a parliamentary session, saying that the project is one of the ministry’s bids to restore the river transport system, after it was harmed by oil subsidies.
Cairo-Cape Town Road
The Cape to Cairo Road project was a first mooted in the 1890s. The road will be 10,300 km long, starting from Alexandria Port on the Mediterranean Sea to Cairo, Sudan, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Kenya, Zambia and finally South Africa.
A section of the road running from Egypt to the borders with Sudan, has already been completed, and is ready for operation. Moreover international finance institutions are willing to bankroll road connection projects in Africa.
Egypt, assuming the chairmanship of the African Union in 2019, is leading efforts to develop Africa and has the potential to do so, the most important of which is water, the minister noted.
Additionally, Arafat pointed out that a river connection project between Alexandria and Lake Victoria will make the country become a gate to Central Africa through the Nile River. He added that international finance institutions are willing to bankroll road connection projects in Africa. The project should cost about $18bn.