Belarus's Belkommunmash invited to work on Egypt infra projects

Egyptian and Belarusian officials discuss cooperation for planned 700km² New Administrative Capital, located 45km east of Cairo

Egypt's Administrative Capital will be about 45km east of Cairo [pictured].
Egypt's Administrative Capital will be about 45km east of Cairo [pictured].

Egpyt has reportedly invited Belarus to participate in metro, tram, and railway projects amid infrastructure modernisation efforts that are being implemented as part of large-scale government programmes.

According to Belarus state news agency, Belta, the proposal was put forward by Egyptian Transport Minister, Kamel el-Wazir, when he met with Ambassador of Belarus to Egypt, Sergei Rachkov.

The officials reportedly discussed bilateral cooperation in the area of environment-friendly transportation, with the Egyptian side expressing interest in using trams and electric buses made by Belarusian company Belkommunmash to create mass transit systems in new urban communities in Egypt.

This includes Egypt’s 700km2 New Administrative Capital, a three-phase megaproject that Egypt’s government has previously claimed will be among the smartest cities in the world upon completion.

According to Belta, plans were made to arrange a visit by Belkommunmash representatives to Egypt to examine sites for building tram lines in the planned capital, evaluate tram operation conditions, and discuss cooperation terms.

The meeting comes as activity related to megaprojects ramps up in Kuwait.

Earlier this month saw Egypt’s Civil Aviation Ministry conduct a pilot operation for the capital’s new airport, which is set to connect the areas of East Cairo and the cities of Shorou, Badr, and the Suez Canal.

Tech giant Honeywell announced in February 2019 that it would roll out a sophisticated digital framework for the capital, with works to include the integration of security cameras across the capital into a single point of control, with an integrated command and control centre.

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