Transport Minister Kamel Al Wazir on Wednesday received the French Ambassador in Cairo Stephen Rometz, Commercial Counselor with the French Embassy and the Regional Director of the French Development Agency (AFD).The head of the Egyptian Railway Authority (ENR) and senior officials of the Ministry of Transport along with the National Authority for Tunnel (NAT) also attended the meeting which included ways to enhance Cairo-Paris cooperation in various transport sectors.
The Minister of Transport emphasized the depth of relations between Egypt and France.He referred to currently implemented projects and contracts under the cooperation of the two countries, including the third phase of the Cairo metro line, which has been constructed by Orscom of Egypt and Vinci’s group of France with Arab contractors.
He said the joint projects also included a contract to manage, operate and maintain a third metro line (Cairo University / Embaba / Abbasia / Adley Mansoor) between the National Authority for Tunnels and the French RATP DEV Group. TheThe two sides discussed additional projects to be partially financed by France, including two projects, including upgrading the Abu Kiram tram to a metro line, and rehabilitating the El Ramal tram, where the minister called the two Emphasized the importance of the projects, particularly the Egyptian government in developing a nationwide mass transit system.
Wazir explained that a contract with SYSTRA was signed; A French international engineering and consulting group to prepare tender documents for two projects. FrenchFrench participants expressed their interest to participate in several railway and metro projects, including electrification of signals for the Tanta / Mansoor / Damistha line, and the duplication of distances between Damiat and Mansoura, as well as in the electromagnetic field Cooperation is also included. Ain Sokhna / Alamein High-speed train project and rehabilitation of mobile units for the first metro line. For the first project, the minister emphasized that as soon as the consultant completes the study on the project, it will be offered to all international companies, including French companies. He said that cooperation in the field of first-line mobile units could be achieved through cooperation between the French side and the Egyptian national company for railway industries, which would optimize the construction of a mobile units in the former port. Will establish and manage the factory. Metro, Train and Monorail Vehicles.
Other projects also provide an area for cooperation between the two parties in the field of railways, including the Hurghada / Safag / Kana / Abu Tartour railway line project, the railway extension project from Aswan to Toshka, as well as the Alphan / East Port / Ka / Arish The railway project, Wazir said. He also invited French companies to participate in several promising investment opportunities in the metro area, including the sixth line of the Khosas / Nai Madi project; Which will be presented to all international companies as soon as the study is completed.
In addition, the multi-purpose terminal project at Alexandria Port is one of the promising investment opportunities, as all international companies in the field of management and operation of containers and multi-purpose terminals have been invited to submit their proposals to participate in the project . To build one of the most important multi-purpose stations in the Middle East and the world.