Egypt’s parliament approves loan to build Alexandria’s underground metro

Gamal Essam El-Din , Monday 23 May 2022

Egypt’s parliament — the House of Representatives — gave the final thumbs up in a plenary session on Monday for a €250-million-loan agreement between Egypt and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).



The €250-million-loan (EGP 1.5 billion) that was agreed upon in Cairo last December will be allocated to building Alexandria’s underground metro.

Alaa Abed — chairperson of the House’s Transport Committee — said the House’s approval will pave the way for Alexandria governorate to get the required permits from the concerned authorities to begin implementing the project.

Furthermore, Khaled Abdel-Mola — a member of the House’s Transport Committee — said the loan agreement aims to solve the problem of traffic jams in Alexandria — Egypt’s second capital — in terms of building a network of underground metros that will make life easier for Alexandrians.

“Besides, this loan does not contradict the government’s new policy of limiting foreign borrowing to strategic projects only,” Abdel-Mola clarified.

The House also approved on Monday another loan agreement between the Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy and the Federal Republic of Germany.

The €15-million-loan will be used to rehabilitate the High Dam and Aswan Reservoir’s electricity generation stations.

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