“Multilateralism, aligned with the sustainable development goals is key in advancing a more resilient economy. This project demonstrates inclusive stakeholder engagement between the Government of Egypt and its multilateral and bilateral development partners, to enhance transportation infrastructure enabling connectivity, and in turn, productivity.” H.E. Dr. Rania Al Mashat, Minister of International Cooperation.
The Minister of International Cooperation Dr. Rania Al-Mashat announced the signature of an agreement with the Agence Française de Développement (AFD) to finance rehabilitation works of the 1st Metro Line. The signed agreement between Dr. Al-Mashat and Mr. Stéphane Romatet, Ambassador of France in Egypt and Dr. Fabio Grazi, AFD Country Director falls under the multilateral of cooperation among development partners, as it brings together the AFD, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and European Investment Bank (EIB) in the collaborative funding of the project, implemented by the National Authority for Tunnels (NAT). The Minister revealed that the purpose of the project is to renovate and modernize the Cairo Metro Line 44km from North to South across the heart of Cairo and connecting with both Line 2 and Line 3. The project, through an overhaul of line systems and infrastructure, and related purchase of new rolling stock under separate funding, is intended to sustain efficient, operational service of Cairo Metro Line 1 through a period of continued network expansion and increased demand. “Multilateralism, aligned with the sustainable development goals is key in advancing a more resilient economy. This project demonstrates inclusive stakeholder engagement between the Government of Egypt and its multilateral and bilateral development partners, to enhance transportation infrastructure enabling connectivity, and in turn, productivity.” Dr. Al Mashat, added. The agreement contributes to achieving 4 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); SDG 8; Decent Jobs and Economic Growth and SDG 9: Industrial Innovation and Infrastructure, SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities and SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals. Minister of Transportation, Kamel El-Wazir stated that the signed agreement from the AfD for €50 m adds to the total funding of €605 m, allocated to the renovation of the 1st Metro Line. Adding that the EBRD provided €205 m while the EIB provided € 350m, with an additional €145 m accounted for from the state budget for the total cost of €751 m, implemented by the National Tunnels Authority. “The agreement also falls under the integrated comprehensive framework implemented by the Ministry of Transportation, where phase one covers the renovation of the railways, signals and communication and central control systems, as well as other railway and electromechanic enhancements”, he added noting that the second phase would cover the procurement of metro cars at the cost of EUR 650 m. Ambassador of France to Egypt, Stéphane Romatet commended the efforts to renovate Cairo Metro Line 1 stating : “The signing of this agreement is significant for both our countries, as it exhibits a new phase of the historical partnership between France and Egypt over the Cairo Metro Project that extends for more than 30 years.” AFD Country Director for Egypt, Dr Fabio Grazi, has indicated that “Agence Française de Développement (AFD) is committed to act as international leader in promoting inclusive and sustainable infrastructure investments in our partner countries. Thanks to the signing of the Cairo Metro Line 1 project in Egypt, AFD reaffirms its leadership and full support to the Egyptian authorities to improve the efficiency of urban transport systems in major agglomerations, ultimately fostering social inclusiveness, productivity growth and quality of life in a sustainable way for the Egyptian citizens”.