File- President Sisi gives a speech at the Global Forum for a Human-Centred Recovery- press photo
CAIRO – 12 December 2022: Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi has ratified a study to construct a land road between Egypt and Chad through Sudan, announced Egyptian Minister of Transport, Kamel Al-Wazir on Monday, during the first ministerial meeting on the preparation of feasibility studies of the second phase of the Vic-Med Project, aimed at linking Lake Victoria with the Mediterranean through a maritime route.
He added that an Egyptian-Sudanese committee has been formed to survey the land and determine the land route of the road, to reach the rest of the West African countries.
The meeting comprises the transport ministers of Nile Basin countries, COMESA member states, and the AU Commission on Infrastructure and Energy Development.
The minister underlined that the planned maritime route, along with highways and railways, will be the backbone of regional transportation in the future.
Egypt also aims to revive the Cairo-Cape Town Road plan, which was proposed by Prime Minister of Cape Colony Cecil Rhodes in 1890s. The road would be extended on 10,300 kilometers, starting from Alexandria Port on the Mediterranean Sea then Cairo, Sudan, Southern Sudan, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Kenya, Zambia and finally South Africa.