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Egypt railways signs historic deal for 1,300 train carriages in major revamp

MENA , Tuesday 25 Sep 2018
Egypt
Egypt's PM Mostafa Madbouly at the signing of the agreement earlier Tuesday in Cairo (Photo: The Egyptian cabinet)
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Egyptian National Railways signed a deal on Tuesday with the Russian-Hungarian consortium Transmashholding to import and manufacture 1,300 new railway carriages, the largest deal in the history of Egypt’s railways.

The signing ceremony was attended by Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly, Minister of State for Military Production Mohamed Al- Assar, Minister of Transport Hisham Arafat, as well as the Russian and Hungarian ambassadors in Cairo.

Speaking at a press conference following the ceremony, Arafat said the deal, worth 1.2 billion euros, includes 800 air-conditioned train carriages.

The first batch of train carriages will be delivered after 14 months, the minister said.

The deal is an implementation of the government's directives to develop all elements of the railways system, said Arafat. 

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