Egyptian Transport Minister Kamel El-Wazir with his Sudanese counterpart Acting Minister Hisham Abu-Zaid during their meeting on Tuesday, February 22, 2022. Photo courtesy of the Egyptian Ministry of Transport Facebook page.
The first stage of the railway connects Aswan with Abu Simbel in southern Egypt, over a length of 285 kilometers, and the second stage, which will reach Wadi Halfa in northern Sudan, is expected to be 80 kilometers long.
Egyptian Transport Minister Kamel El-Wazir met Hisham Abu-Zaid, Sudan’s acting transport minister, on Tuesday to discuss the two neighbors’ efforts to cooperate in the transport sector.
El-Wazir stressed during the meeting the strength of the historical relations between the two brotherly countries, saying that the Egyptian Ministry of Transport is mobilizing its full potential to coordinate and cooperate with the Sudanese brothers in all transport sectors.
The new railway line between the two countries was first proposed in 2010 and relaunched in 2018 to serve 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 monitor the construction of the railway.
Egypt and Sudan established a joint rail committee in 2008 to promote rail links between the two countries.
The two sides discussed on Tuesday the latest developments regarding the construction of an interconnected station in Sudan, where the Egyptian National Railways Authority (NRA) has prepared a model showing how passengers and goods will be transported.
The two parties also discussed a new contract for the maintenance and repair of four Sudanese railway locomotives, in accordance with a request from the Sudanese side.
In the maritime domain, the Sudanese have expressed their interest in cooperating with the Egyptian side in the construction and maintenance works.
Regarding the seaports, the Egyptian Minister of Transport stressed that all the capacities of the Egyptian ports and the maritime transport sector are ready to serve the Sudanese brothers.
The two parties also reviewed the proposed timetable for the implementation of the development works of the Nile Valley Authority for river navigation and the implementation of urgent plans to develop the authority, rehabilitate the current river units , rehabilitate the workers and support the authority with specialized technical cadres, with emphasis on expediting the anchorage of Wadi Halfa and the Aswan-Wadi Halfa shipping line.
They discussed the need to establish two logistics zones in the ports of Qastal and Arqin on the Egyptian-Sudanese border to achieve a major qualitative leap in the movement of trade between the two sides.