Egypt, Sudan stress need for advancing joint power linkage, agriculture projects

Ahram Online , Thursday 12 Jan 2023

Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry and his Sudanese counterpart Ali Al-Sadiq stressed the importance of advancing joint projects, including power linkage and agricultural integration projects, in a phone call on Wednesday.

Egypt, Sudan


Shoukry and Al-Sadiq agreed on the need to activate their joint political and technical committees and to have these committees meet periodically, a statement by the Egyptian foreign ministry said.

Egypt and Sudan are linked via an 80 MW power grid. The two countries aim to boost the grid’s capacity to 300 MW in the near future and 1,000 MW in the long term to meet Sudan’s needs for electricity.

Egypt has electricity links with Libya and Jordan and plans to implement power linkage projects with several countries in the region, including Saudi ArabiaIraqGreece, and Cyprus.

Egypt and Sudan are also studying the establishment of a rail line project to link Egypt’s Aswan with Sudan’s Wadi Halfa.

In October, Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi approved a 750,000 Kuwaiti dinar grant from the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development to help conduct a feasibility study for the multi-billion-dollar project.

During their phone call, Shoukry and Al-Sadiq agreed on the importance of continuous coordination and consultation on regional and international issues of concern, including the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).

Moreover, Shoukry congratulated Al-Sadiq on launching the second and final phase of the political process in Sudan, wishing Sudan success in implementing the political process and achieving national consensus.

Egypt hailed the launch of the final phase of the Sudanese political process on Sunday as an “important and positive development,” calling on regional and international parties to resume their development and economic aid to Sudan to enable the country to tackle its challenges.

Short link: