Africa’s Longest Highway, Cairo-Cape Town, Set to Inaugurate in 2024 – Transforming the Continent’s Connectivity

Africa’s Longest Highway, Cairo-Cape Town, Set to Inaugurate in 2024 – Transforming the Continent’s Connectivity

The Egyptian Ministry of Transport (MoT) is on track to unveil Africa’s longest highway, the “Cairo-Cape Town” route, in 2024, marking a significant milestone in regional connectivity and economic development.

The Cairo-CapeTown highway, spanning an impressive 10,228 kilometers, is slated to traverse 11 African countries, with Egypt hosting 1,155 kilometers of this extensive roadway. This ambitious project aims to drastically reduce travel time between North and South Africa, bringing the average duration down to just five days, thereby realizing the dream of linking Cairo with South Africa.

Commencing from the port of Alexandria on the Mediterranean Sea, the highway will traverse through key locations, including Cairo, Sudan, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Kenya, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, and culminating in South Africa. Along its route in Egypt, it will pass through the governorates of Fayoum, Beni Suef, Minya, Assiut, Sohag, Qena, Luxor, and Aswan.

The MoT, in a strategic move, signed an agreement with the Sudanese Ministry of Transport in October 2020, outlining joint cooperation to build a railway line. This project, spanning from Aswan to the south of Wadi Halfa in its initial phase, aims to secure funding through collaboration between Egypt, Sudan, and the Kuwait Fund for Economic Development.

The Cairo-Cape Town highway holds immense significance in fostering land connectivity, boosting trade with African nations, and creating new opportunities for Egyptian and African citizens. It is poised to open up horizons for job opportunities and contribute to comprehensive development.

South Africa has expressed a keen interest in collaborating with Egypt across various transport-related fields, with a focus on enhancing trade between African countries. This collaboration aligns with the goals of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Agreement, presenting vast opportunities for cooperation among African nations, with the transport sector playing a pivotal role in realizing these ambitions.

As Africa takes strides towards Transforming Africa, the Cairo-Cape Town highway stands as a testament to the continent’s commitment to connectivity and progress, one highway at a time.

By Mark Anthony Johnson

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