Transport Minister Hisham Arafat - File photo
Cairo – 23 October 2018: A number of Arab Transport ministers arrived in Egypt on Monday, October 22 early morning to discuss developing transport services between Arab countries.
The ministers will attend the Council of Arab Transport Ministers’ meeting headed by Egypt’s Transport Minister Hisham Arafat in Alexandria.
Several proposed projects are slated to be discussed during the meetings, including establishing two companies for maritime transport and logistics between Arab and South American countries. During the meeting, the ministers also will discuss mechanisms of providing logistical support to the Palestinian people.
In an official statement, Hisham said that Egypt is keen to develop relations with all Arab countries on all levels. He affirmed that his country is committed to strengthening bilateral ties with other countries.
Egypt has been eager to develop its transport services, and expanding it nationally and internationally.
Last August, Arafat announced that a total of seven new major axes will be established on the Nile River in Upper Egypt, aiming to link main roads located on the Nile’s western and eastern banks.
The main idea of having these new bridges is to save time, fuel consumption and transport cost, according to Arafat, who ensured that the move is part of the ministry’s plan to develop Upper Egypt.
In the statement, Arafat noted that the ministry’s developmental plan includes building new road networks to link new industrial and urban communities.
This comes within the government's keenness to develop the Upper Egyptian governorates.
The new axes project will be implemented in several Upper Egypt governorates, including Sohag, Aswan, Qena, Minya, Assiut and Beni Suef.