Tunisia has received a USD 1.7 million grant to run a feasibility study into the construction of a railway linking Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia across the Maghreb. The new line would significantly boost regional trade and the economies of the Arab Maghreb Union.
The grant was awarded by the African Development Bank and is to conduct a feasibility study into a 1200 km line across the three countries. Algeria is undergoing one of the biggest railway construction programmes in the MENA region, and is funding its own part of the feasibility study. The agreement to research the new line is about to be signed off by the Arab Maghreb Union Secretariat, with a view to the project beginning later this year.