Egypt’s Minister of Transport and Deutsche Bahn agreed to collaborate in the field of railways and electric traction covering maintenance system consultancy, spare parts, safety, and human resources.
The two sides also discussed on the establishment of a joint companies to commercial and tourism rail services and rail rehabilitation projects. The collaboration for management and operation of the fast trains was also an objective of the discussion.
During the meeting, the representatives of the Ministry and Deutsche Bahn reviewed future proposals for cooperation including consultancy services for the development of analysis, studies and projects, findings, recommendations, and procedures for technical and repair operations. The cooperation on security and safety systems, for passengers, drivers and trains, was also part of the discussion.
In addition, the cooperation rakes into account human resources, the development of a mechanism for staff selection, training and qualification to perform the assigned duties of each employee according to the job description.
Another part of the cooperation in the field of railways, covers the investment collaboration with the private sector and global companies in a number of railway sub-sectors, the management and implementation of different rail activities aimed at contributing to competitiveness between different companies, including projects to increase passenger traffic, rail infrastructure maintenance, facility property and assets and maximising the existing resources.
The most important sectors that can be a model for the cooperation between the two sides is to transform railway workshops into companies to increase their productivity and increase their quality through continuous training and supply of state-of-the-art equipment, as well as transforming the railway carriage sector into a company. To increase of rail freight transport to reduce road traffic, costs and to increase the financial returns is also of great importance.
At the end of the meeting, the two sides agreed to intensify meetings in the coming period to begin the implementation of future cooperation plans according to the priorities of the Egyptian Ministry of Transport.
To increase rail transport market share, the Egyptian National Railways has signed a historic EUR 1 billion contract for the acquisition of 1,300 passenger coaches from TMH, and also signed a EUR 158 million contract with Talgo for the delivery of six hauled trains comprising a locomotive and 14 passenger cars each.
As part of the revitalization of the rail system, ENR is currently implementing signalling and telecommunication renewal programme.