Geographic Focus: Sudan
Development challenge and key achievements:
Poor road infrastructure is a key problem hindering development in Sudan. It challenges both internal and external trade, as well as implementation of development projects. Therefore, the Governments of Egypt and Sudan agreed to jointly construct a 280 km- Road (linking Suez Coastal Road, Egyptian borders and Port Sudan); whereas construction and fund are divided equally among the two countries.
In February 2009, the Government of Egypt completed its part: the construction of 140 km. While The Government of Sudan has finished 70 km so far and is currently preparing the fund required for the completion of the project.
The comparative advantage of the solution:
- This Road will facilitate trade between Egypt and Sudan, as well as the implementation of more development projects; which will contribute to poverty reduction- one of the main national development priorities in Sudan;
- The success of this project is due also to clear political commitments at senior levels in both countries and the establishment of specific objectives, identifying the role of each side.
- The experience gained through this cooperation would strengthen understanding of the potential gains of SSC with other African and Arab countries that lack the necessary or adequate expertise to handle similar concerns
- Lag in the implementation process can be avoided through continuous communication and follow-up among the involved stakeholders to resolve any risen challenges or difficulties.
- Engaging banks in SSC through providing long-term loans can resolve the problem of funding constraints.
- Southern countries should develop systems and practices that would facilitate SSC.
Recent Annual Budget: 270 Million EGP
Focal Point and Contact:
Ghadeer Hegazy, MOIC - Egypt
8 Adly Street, Downtown,