The Egyptian Ministry of Transport is seeking to complete the “Cairo-Cape Town” road shortly, with the road scheduled to be inaugurated in 2024.
The Ministry of Transport has made great strides in carrying out all works up to Arqin in Sudan with high quality, RT reported.
The Cairo-Cape Town road is scheduled to pass through nine African countries at a length of 10,228 kilometers, of which 1,155 kilometers are in Egypt.
The road will aid in shortening travel time between north and south Africa to an average of only five days, fulfilling the dream to link Cairo and South Africa.
The Cairo-Cape Town road begins from the port of Alexandria on the Mediterranean Sea, passing through Cairo to Sudan, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Kenya, Zambia, and all the way to South Africa.
The road passes through the governorates of Fayoum, Beni Suef, Minya, Assiut, Sohag, Qena, Luxor and Aswan in Egypt.
The Ministry of Transport signed with the Sudanese Ministry of Transport in October 2020 a joint cooperation document in the field of railway linkage.
It aims to provide the necessary financing and start an economic, social and environmental feasibility study for the railway link project between Egypt and Sudan, which will extend in its first phase from the city of Aswan to the south of Wadi Halfa.
Funding shall be through coordination and cooperation between Egypt, Sudan and the Kuwait Fund for Economic Development.
The Cairo-Cape Town road project is of great importance in achieving land linkage and increasing trade with African countries, as well as serving Egyptian and African citizens, opening new horizons for job opportunities and achieving comprehensive development.
South Africa had previously expressed its keenness on joint cooperation with Egypt in the various fields of transport and the increase of trade between African countries through a comprehensive vision in all fields, including the transport sector.
This comes especially as the African Free Trade Agreement provides great opportunities for cooperation between African countries – the transport sector remains the biggest factor that will contribute effectively to the implementation of these ambitions.