Egypt’s transport minister in talks with French counterpart to enhance cooperation

Ahram Online , Tuesday 6 Jul 2021

The talks included negotiations with French company CMA to manage and operate Alexandria Port’s new multipurpose station, which is due to be finished in 2022

Kamel El-Wazir
Egypt’s Transport Minister Kamel El-Wazir holds talks with his French counterpart, Jean-Baptiste Djebbari, to enhance cooperation, Paris. Egyptian transport ministry

Egypt’s Minister of Transportation Kamel El-Wazir discussed bilateral cooperation on Tuesday in Paris with his French counterpart Jean-Baptiste Djebbari, a statement by the Egyptian Ministry of Transportation said.

The talks included negotiations with French company CMA to manage and operate Alexandria Port’s new multipurpose station which is due to be finished in 2022.

The new station cost 550 million dollars and is expected to upgrade Alexandria Port’s capacity from 15 to 18 million tonnes as well as host 6 ships at once, according to Egypt’s projects map official website.

El-Wazir and Djebbari also discussed the inception of the first bus rapid transit project in Egypt under the management and operation of the French company Transdev in cooperation with a group of Egyptian companies.

The meeting also discussed the shared roadmap between the Egyptian ministry of transport and the French ministry of economy and finance, which entails a stimulus package dedicated to the execution of several projects that aim to improve the metro system in Egypt.

Among these projects is the manufacturing and importing of 55 train carts for the first metro line as well as the participation in building the sixth metro line, including infrastructure such as traffic signs, communication and control hubs, electric power, and the ticketing system, in addition to the moving units necessary for the line.

Another project within the roadmap, which will be handed over to the French company RATP Dev, is the management and maintenance of the third metro line in addition to the management and operation of an electric train which will pass through El-Salam, the new administrative capital, and 10th of Ramadan city.

This meeting is part of a broader plan for cooperation between France and Egypt in the fields of transportation, housing, and electricity as part of the agreement signed by the Egyptian minister of global cooperation Rania Al-Mashat, French Minister of Economy and Finance Bruno Le Maire, and the executive director of the French agency for development last month.

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