Egypt, Kuwait ink grant deal to study feasibility of establishing railway linking Egypt and Sudan

Ahram Online , Friday 8 Apr 2022

Egyptian Minister of International Cooperation Rania Al-Mashat and Director General of the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development (KFAED) Marwan Abdullah El-Ghanem signed on Friday a grant deal agreement to study the feasibility of building a railway between Egypt and Sudan.

 Ministry of international cooepraiton

The deal is worth 750,000 Kuwaiti dinars ($2.5 million) and will encompass technical, economic and environmental feasibility studies for the construction of a 570 km railway system linking Egypt and Sudan, according to the ministry.

Al-Mashat signed the agreement as a part of the activities of the joint annual meetings of Arab Financial Institutions that are currently being held in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

The KFAED is a Kuwaiti public institution that relies entirely on its own resources for the provision of loans and other kinds of development assistance, according to the fund's website.

The KFAED has contributed $3.6 billion to the funding of 54 development projects in Egypt since 1980, in addition to 14 technical grants equal to $48.6 million.

The Egyptian Ministry of Transportation announced in February that the preliminary studies of Egypt-Sudan railway lines have been completed.

The new railway line between the two countries was first proposed in 2010 and was revived in 2018 as a platform for the export of Egyptian products to Sudan, Central Africa and the rest of the African continent.

Following the visit, a high-level transport coordination committee between Egypt and Sudan was formed to follow up on the building of the railway.

Egypt and Sudan established a joint railway committee in 2008 to promote railway connections between the two countries.

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