Egypt seeks Dutch expertise to establish river transport faculty
Transportation Minister Saad al-Geyoushi in a visit to Cairo's busy metro Nov. 15 - Youm7

CAIRO: Establishing a faculty for river transport was discussed by Transport Minister Saad el-Geyoushi and Dutch ambassador to Cairo Gerard Steeghs Thursday, Youm7 reported.

Geyoushi requested assistance from Steeghs in the field as transport of goods and passengers in the Netherlands amounts to 40 percent, while Egypt has not made use of 1,600 kilometers of the River Nile, spokesperson of the Transport Ministry Ahmed Ibrahim told Youm7.

The minister targets the greatest possible use of river transport to ease pressure on roads, Ibrahim said.

In another attempt to ease traffic, especially in Cairo, the River Taxi project will be launched in the upcoming few days, Ibrahim added.

Geyoushi previously said the ministry aims to increase cargo and passenger transport via the river to five percent of total public transport in Egypt.

The Transport Ministry signed a protocol with its U.K. counterpart in January to establish a faculty of transportation engineering.

Although Egypt has an expanding network of 70 kilometers of tunnels, it does not have a faculty specializing in the field, a ministry statement said.

Egypt seeks to benefit from the British experience in urban transit and placing all means of transportation in Greater Cairo under one umbrella including the metro, trains, microbuses, buses to end “randomized transportation,” the statement added.

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