[ltr]2023.05.29 - 18:55[/ltr]
Baghdad - people
Professor of Roads at the Faculty of Engineering at Beni Suef University in Egypt, Abdullah Abu Khadra, confirmed that there are no projects that can harm the Suez Canal or compete with it.
He explained that Egypt's strategic location imposes itself on any similar projects taking place in Egypt, pointing out that Egypt's site, which links Europe, Asia and Africa, is important and unique among all the sites in the region.
He stressed that the location of the Suez Canal is indispensable, as 12% of world trade traffic passes through the Suez Canal, especially since ships passing through the Suez Canal do not need loading and unloading of the products carried by ships, as ships pass as they are with the cargo they carry, and thus There are no damages in the existing shipment, in addition to facilitating the transportation process through double-passing the Suez Canal, and its expansion reduced waiting hours, which were up to 11 hours, which reflected positively on the global trade movement.
He explained that Egypt's keenness and efforts to improve the services provided contribute to eliminating other ideas in the region, whatever their form and type.
He stressed that Egypt is working to find a position for itself, and occupies a high rank in the system of transit trade and logistics worldwide, which is a major goal pursued by the political leadership in Egypt since assuming responsibility in 2014, through the development of all internal axes and strong internal linkage, while developing Sea and land ports in a large way, facilitating movement, as well as linking sea ports with railway lines to facilitate the transition process, the presence of multimodal transport, which is the link between sea, river, and surface transport through railways or roads, and greatly maximizing service by making concrete lanes Cars for transporting goods with different spaces and speeds, to maximize safety and security, all of this would contribute to Egypt's progress in transport ranks and road quality.
He explained that linking the Egyptian state with its external surroundings with many ideas, such as the Cairo-Cape Town road, the road that will connect Egypt with North Africa to the ocean and Morocco, and the road linking Egypt to Chad, as it is only by reaching Chad that you have reached West Africa, stressing that activating the saying of Egypt is The key to Africa is through current ideas.
He pointed out that there are proposals and ideas for new stages of the express electric train that will extend to South Africa and Morocco, which works to maximize the benefit from Egypt's unique and distinguished location, especially since Egypt's location is a key point for trade movements around the world throughout history. He pointed to China's desire to restore the Silk Road, and Egypt is an important center of this huge project.
He pointed out that the connection between the sea ports facilitates the transportation process, adding that the continuity of the ship’s journey without the process of loading and unloading reduces the losses rates that occur, and this is what gives distinction to the Suez Canal, praising the efforts of those in charge of implementing the huge Egyptian national project for the process of duplicating the navigational course of the Suez Canal, which This led to a greater absorption of the size of ships and the volume of Suez Canal revenues.
He pointed out that there is a race from international companies to work in the Suez Canal development axis, including the Danish International Container Shipping Company, Maersk, noting that its entry into a partnership with the Egyptian state to work the largest green hydrogen station for ships in this region around the world is evidence that the Suez Canal It retains its importance despite all the ideas that are being made in the region.
It is noteworthy that Iraq launched a project worth 17 billion dollars to link an important port for goods on its southern coast with the border with Turkey by extending a network of railways and roads, in a move aimed at transforming the country's economy after wars and crises for decades. The development road aims to link the oil-rich port of Faw in southern Iraq with Turkey, turning the country into a transit hub by shortening travel time between Asia and Europe in an attempt to compete with the Suez Canal.
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