Egypt to develop Africa through the Cairo-Cape Town road project

Egypt is set to to develop joint projects with African countries including a land road between Cairo and Cape Town.

Egypt’s Minister of Transport Hisham Arafat said that the project is one of the ministry’s bids to restore the river transport system, after it was harmed by oil subsidies.

The Cape to Cairo Road project was a proposal since 1890s. The road will be 10,300 km long, starting from Alexandria Port on the Mediterranean Sea then to Cairo, Sudan, Southern Sudan, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Kenya, Zambia and finally South Africa.

A section of the road running from Egypt to the border with Sudan, has already been accomplished and is ready for operation.

Egypt, assuming the chairmanship of the African Union in 2019, is leading efforts to develop Africa and has the potentials to do so, the most important of which is water, the minister noted.

Additionally, Minister Arafat pointed out that a river connection project between Alexandria and Lake Victoria will make the country become a gateway for river transport to Central Africa through the Nile River. He added to the parliamentary committee that international finance institutions are willing to bankroll road connection projects in Africa. The project should cost about US $18bn.