Egypt’s road quality ranking improved from 118th to 28th thanks to national projects: Syndicate head
CAIRO – 1 October 2023: Egypt has built new 13 road axes and 935 bridges nationwide to increase their numbers to 51 axes and 2,435 bridges, respectively, over the past nine years, announced Egyptian Minister of Transport Kamel Al Wazir on Sunday in the three-day “Story of Homeland” Conference, which shows President Abdel Fattah El Sisi’s achievements during his tenure.
“We spent EGP 530 billion to create 7,000 new main roads so that we have a network of 30,500 km,” he added, saying “We will not stop building bridges that link the main roads with each other.”
Al Wazir said that for the first time, a high-speed rail, will reach Abu Simbel in Egypt’s Aswan, noting that the train of the Light Rail Transit (LRT) is the most suitable means of mass transportation for roads. Egypt has created 6 factories to produce railway sleepers, he continued.
The Minister said also that Egypt’s Ports Network will be equipped with stations operating with artificial intelligence technology by 2030. He noted that Egypt, in the past, had only five ground ports, not dry ports. It was necessary to build dry ports in the logistic areas to serve the transit trade.
By 2030, Egypt would have 7 land ports that serve 3 million transit, 3 dry ports and 2 logistical areas, he said. “What has been done [when it comes to piers] in the port of Alexandria from [the period] 2021 to 2030 will be equivalent to twice the piers implemented in 200 years or since the era of Muhammad Ali” Pasha.
As for yacht tourism, Al Wazir said the unified digital platform for the tourist yacht was created so that the owner of the yacht can obtain a permit in half an hour, upon directives of President Sisi.
The Minister’s remarks were given during the “Story of a Homeland: Between Vision and Achievement” Conference, which resumed its activities on Sunday, at the Al-Massa Hotel in the New Capital, under the patronage and in the presence of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi.
The three-day conference, which kicked off on Saturday, comprises a number of round circles and plenary sessions to thoroughly discuss the achievements and projects implemented over the past 9 years, as well as the challenges facing the country.