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Old October 28th, 2009, 02:47 AM   #41
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PUBLIC TRANSPORT TAKES STRIDES

The country’s streets have become perpetually clogged with cars, its public buses run-down and ill-maintained, and its various other modes of public transport insufficient to meet the needs of a rapidly growing population. Why does Egypt’s public transport sector remain bogged down by inefficiency, and what can be expected of it in the near future?

BY SARAH MARQUER

The Cairo metropolis was paralyzed on August 17 when a reported 25,000 public transport workers from the Cairo Transport Authority (CTA) went on strike demanding better wages and shifting responsibility for traffic fines from workers to the state. The strike caused increased traffic jams in the already overly congested city and left many public transport users stranded. Though the protesting CTA employees resumed work on August 20, the incident brought attention to the city’s – and the country’s – undeniably inefficient public transport systems and the limited options for commuters thanks to heavy traffic.

A history of stagnation

Experts within the transport sector offer various explanations for why the country currently has insufficient public transport systems. The sector is inefficient because a lot of the country’s roads are run-down, narrow and poorly designed, and many of the train, tram, metro and bus units severely outdated and clearly ill-maintained.

A government consultant on transport, who asked to remain anonymous, says, “for years transportation was ignored, and its budget cut down and no maintenance [performed] even on what was existing.” Similarly, Atta El Sherbiny, chairman of the National Authority for Tunnels, says that, for example, the construction of Cairo’s metro systems should have started 20 years before it actually did, in 1981.

Public transportation has been further hampered by the number of private cars crowding the country’s streets. Abbas El Zaafarani, a professor of urban planning at Cairo University, attributes the annually increasing number of private cars on Egypt’s streets to two factors. First, he says, public transportation systems have deteriorated so much that many avoid them altogether if they have the financial means. Second, El Zaafarani believes that the government’s policies have typically promoted the use of private cars. “Sometimes, [the government] prevents public transportation from going into some streets [such as] Al Azhar Street, for example, or on the elevated roads and bridges.”

El Zaafarani states that a rapidly increasing population has further over-burdened the country’s weak public transport sector, especially in Greater Cairo. “Imagine – you are taking [the population of] all of Scandinavia, for example – Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland – and putting them all in one city. That’s [the size] of [Greater] Cairo now,” he says.

Besides a lack of initiative, planning, funding and effective prioritizing, the current lack of organization among authorities responsible for certain aspects of public transport is also to blame. The consultant says that “inside the cities, [public transportation] is the responsibility of the governor, and outside the cities it’s the responsibility of the Ministry of Transport,” noting that the ministries of housing, defense and tourism are all occasionally responsible for various aspects of public transport, such as construction of roads, but unable to coordinate with one another effectively when the need arises.

El Sherbiny notes that “[there is] no special authority to coordinate [our efforts].”

The lack of proper public transportation across Egypt has resulted in serious consequences for the country, like perpetual traffic congestion, which could be lessened if a shift to public rather than private transportation occurred. “This is very important actually because the people who clog the streets [are] the people riding in private cars,” says El Zaafarani, who notes that “when the streets are clogged and everyone loses two hours of his work time in traffic jams, that means a lot of losses for the whole community.”

El Zaafarani also argues that satellite cities have not attracted residents at a high rate because of a lack of reliable, fast and high-quality public transport to other major urban centers such as Cairo. El Zaafarani believes that this is why the satellite cities are not highly populated, for example 10th of Ramadan City, which he estimates is home to roughly 100,000 people at most. If public transportation was comfortable, efficient and safe, “people could live in suburbs or these new cities while feeling very well connected to the main city,” contends El Zaafarani.

Many of the country’s industrial cities have experienced similar hardship when trying to fill vacancies within their factories specifically because of poor connections to major urban areas. Many vacancies within factories in industrial cities remain unfilled because workers do not have a means of commuting to them.

Besides decreasing traffic congestion, the country stands to gain immensely from improved and efficient public transport, says the consultant, because it would allow for fuel efficiency, and connect different segments of society to jobs and homes. It can also help the environment by reducing carbon emissions. This can salvage the country from a certain level of pollution, save the government money that it spends on fuel subsidies, and help businesses avoid losses resulting from unfilled vacancies.

A matter of priority

Government policies that better reflect the importance of public transportation can help the sector. “New roads or elevated roads should be constructed specifically for public transportation. Special roads or lanes should be dedicated to public transportation so that we can improve [its] reliability and speed... so that people will be encouraged to use it,” says El Zaafarani.

The consultant notes that discussions of such possibilities are under way within the sector, specifically regarding dedicating lanes for buses and public transport in the Greater Cairo area. “There are six lines [with dedicated bus lanes] that [the General Authority for Physical Planning] are discussing that are going to cross Cairo,” he says, though he notes that these will not be seen for at least another five to six years.

The General Authority for Roads, Bridges & Land Transport (GARBLT) has several ongoing studies designed to improve public transport, says its chairman, Tarek El Attar. The construction of bus stations along the Ring Road is currently being studied. “We would take the middle lanes [and] dedicate them to these buses,” says El Attar, noting that the stations would be located around every 12 kilometers. Several of his authority’s infrastructure projects – including a new 400-kilometer regional ring road that encircles the Ring Road, for which construction has already begun – are to include lanes dedicated to buses as well.

Strengthening infrastructure

The existence of a strong, interconnected network of roads, tunnels and bridges must go hand-in-hand with reforms in the public transport sector in order for it to be effective. GARBLT is responsible for 23,000 kilometers of road, says El Attar, and has received a boost in funding within the last few years for better maintenance, as well as to initiate projects aimed at creating new roads and bridges. According to El Attar, GARBLT’s budget has increased significantly, from LE 360 million before 2006 to LE 3.6 billion in FY 2009-10, which is now allowing the authority to spend more on transport infrastructure.

A case in point is the 400-kilometer-long regional ring road currently being built across several governorates, says El Attar, which is set to connect to the ring roads of Cairo, Fayoum and Beni Suef. He believes that this regional ring road, with connections to city ring roads, will help commuters bypass major urban areas, consequently lessening their travel time as well as congestion within cities such as Cairo, which currently experiences extra traffic thanks to those commuting northbound from Upper Egypt.

El Attar says that a major freeway between Shobra and Banha is to be built, and its design is currently under study. Running parallel to the Cairo-Alexandria Agricultural Road, the new freeway, El Attar says, an approximately LE 1.5 billion investment, will help alleviate the congestion of the former, which carries at least 120,000 vehicles a day. Moreover, he explains, GARBLT is currently building east-west connecting roads, such as at Minya and Giza, between the four major roads that run from the north of the country to Upper Egypt. In this way, a grid of highways and major roads will be available and help ease travel between Egypt’s governorates and major centers.

A public facelift

The various authorities under the Ministry of Transport have been working steadily to revamp and improve several of the country’s already existing public transport systems.

The new Cairo Metro Network project has garnered much media attention in light of its magnitude. “According to the plan for 2050, Cairo requires at least 15 [metro] lines,” says El Sherbiny, who notes that in the more immediate future studies and plans are under way to add five more lines to the two existing lines. He explains that “this is the government intention for the future – to use metro projects to solve the problem of transportation inside Cairo and also its surrounding new cities, such as 10th of Ramadan, Sixth of October [and] 15th of May.” He notes that the National Authority for Tunnels intends to connect Cairo’s various metro lines to tramway systems inside these satellite cities as well.

Work for metro lines three and four, which are to connect Attaba with Nasr City and Haram with Sixth of October City, respectively, have already begun. Line three – with a capacity of 2 million passengers a day – is scheduled to begin operations by October 2011. The construction of line four is under study, and in the near future lines five and six, which are scheduled to connect Nasr City and Shobra, and Maadi to Nasr City, respectively, will be studied and begin construction.

According to several sources within the transport sector, plans for the addition of new tramways in the governorates of Cairo and Alexandria are to be undertaken in the near future. According to El Sherbiny, a “super tram” to connect Nasr City with a part of New Cairo designated for Cairo’s new government district, currently under study, is expected to help seriously decongest the two areas. El Sherbiny estimates that up to 60,000 people use the existing trams in Cairo every day, and thus a tram running between the two aforementioned areas may be a great potential aid to commuters. The consultant explains that the World Bank is to finance the tramway, and that a tender for the rolling stock, its operation and maintenance will be issued in due course.

Sherine Magd El Din Kassam, chairman of the Alexandria Transport Authority (ATA), says that expansion of the current tram system in Alexandria is also currently under way. He explains that the existing system, which includes 162 trams, will be expanded to reach new areas in the city, including Victoria and Montaza, as well as Kilometer 120 on the coastal highway.

The most exciting of these expansion plans, says Kassam, is a pilot project with the Czech government, worth LE 77 million, to build a green track – the most modern and environmentally friendly of tracks available worldwide – on Ras Al Tin Street, also in Alexandria. This project, which Kassam expects will be completed by June 30 of next year, is to be financed by the Ministry of Economic Development and the National Investment Bank of Egypt.

These projects are especially significant to public transport in Alexandria when one considers that “73 percent of [public transport users in Alexandria] are transferred by tram,” says Kassam.

Improvements to the country’s network of buses are being implemented as well. The governor of Cairo, Abdel Azim Wazeer, announced plans last month to add 120 new buses running on natural gas to the city’s fleet before the end of 2009, and similar plans are under way in the Alexandria governorate. “Before the end of 2009, we’ll have 111 buses that work with CNG [compressed natural gas],” says Kassam, noting that exclusive service centers for the buses will include state-of-the-art water treatment systems not found anywhere else in the country.

Kassam explains that several arrangements between the ATA and the private sector have been made in the last year that have expanded and enhanced transport services available to those living in the Alexandria governorate. One of the most notable of these is with Fast Touristic Company. “It is a private company and they are [operating] the only [double-decker] buses to be found in Egypt,” says Kassam. By mid-2010, Kassam says, the company intends to operate 31 of these state-of-the-art buses. Currently, there are 11 that have been in operation since early June, each with 73 seats, that are “used and run under the control of ATA. We give them the lines and the [schedules],” he says.

“The people of Alexandria love it – this way of transport – because it gives them the opportunity to leave their car and go to work using these buses,” says Kassam, who notes that ticket prices are just LE 3. He believes it is helpful towards alleviating congestion and pollution, because essentially “you are taking [about] 30 private cars from the street and putting, instead of them, one bus.”

Kassam also notes that over 350 new buses and minibuses, many of them air-conditioned, were added to the ATA’s fleet this year.

Regulation and monitoring

A contributing factor to the public transport sector’s current inefficiency is the lack of coordination between the various authorities and ministries involved. The consultant states that a regulatory entity is needed to monitor and coordinate all authorities engaged in the public transport sector. “To have somebody who puts standards and makes sure that these standards are respected and implemented, and to monitor and apply fines to people who aren’t [adhering to them],” is essential for the public transport sector, he says. He believes that with a regulator, anyone could enter the transport sector, but would have to do so according to a studied and implemented set of enforceable standards and regulations.

Perhaps echoing a general sentiment in the transport sector, a decree was recently issued by the minister of transport, Mohamed Mansour, to form an organization that would consolidate, organize and harmonize the policies of the authorities involved in the public transport sector in the Greater Cairo area, says the consultant. However, little is yet known about this new entity. Its structure, how it will be managed, and by whom, has yet to be announced. Experts within the field, including El Sherbiny and El Attar, do not know how exactly this new decree will be implemented. The consultant predicts that it will be problematic. “There are conflicts that are going to happen, between the governors [for example], because now the governors [will be] responsible for [public transportation],” he states.

Public and private cooperation

As the consultant explains, public transport networks are costly to construct and maintain, and while progress has been made in terms of the size of the transport sector’s budget, such as with GARBLT, revenue from the sector’s operations is relatively low.

“I think the government’s role as regulator is what it should be doing. Aside from that, I think the government – in order to undertake its plan for expansion in utilities and public transport – can’t do it by itself. It needs partners... private sector involvement is required,” says Ahmed Abd El Wahab, chairman and CEO of Egyptian Railway Projects & Transport Company, a private company entrusted with managing and providing Egyptian National Railways (ENR) with income from its non-operative assets, including real estate and advertising concessions.

Commercialization of stations and utilization of the non-operative assets of the transport sector by the private sector is becoming an increasingly attractive source of revenue to help the sector break even. The consultant states that World Bank studies have shown that as much as 80 percent of airport revenues come from non-operative assets, and the same pattern holds true for other transport centers and stations.

Abd El Wahab says that the commercialization of seven of the ENR’s major railway stations – Ramses in Cairo, Giza, Sidi Gaber and Misr in Alexandria, Tanta, Luxor and Aswan – should be completed by the end of 2010. So long as the ENR provides attractive and adequate service to its passengers, he says, revenue from advertising concessions at these stations, for example, could be high. He also notes that others are following this trend, such as the Cairo Metro Network project, which recently held a tender for the advertising assets of some of its stations.

The road ahead

Though pragmatic steps are being taken to bolster Egypt’s public transport sector, it is difficult to say whether or not endemic problems such as traffic congestion are going to be solved anytime soon. As experts within the sector well know, transportation projects require substantial investment and take a long time to complete. But while the transport sector has been stagnant for several decades, the government and private sector have recently demonstrated a revitalized interest in improving the country’s infrastructure and various modes of public transport.

“What we hope for is that this trend continues,” says the consultant, referring to the recent initiatives, noting that in order to adequately and efficiently meet the needs of public transport users and solve the problems posed by an inefficient system now, as well as in the long term, “you need to continue going like this, at this pace, for at least the next 20 years.
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Great explanation of various projects. Thanks for posting.
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تاكسي جديد في الإسكندرية يرفع الرجال من الخدمة

شعاره «السيدات تقل السيدات والسادة»
الإسكندرية: داليا عاصم
وافقت محافظة الإسكندرية بمصر على مشروع «تاكسي السيدات» الذي سيبدأ خدماته بإطلاق 40 سيارة تقودها سيدات بحلول عام 2010. أما الغاية فهي زيادة الخصوصية للنساء في المواصلات العامة، وتوفير قدر أكبر من الأمان لهن.

اللواء عادل لبيب، محافظ الإسكندرية، قال لـ«الشرق الأوسط» إن المشروع قائم على مبدأ «السيدات تقلّ السيدات» وإن الموافقة عليه نبعت من رغبة المحافظة في تلبية رغبة سيدات المجتمع السكندري وزوّار المدينة في استقلال وسيلة مواصلات أكثر أمانا، خاصة، مع التوسعات العمرانية الجديدة في المدينة، والامتداد إلى مناطق غير مأهولة، مما قد يثير المخاوف لدى بعض السيدات من التعامل مع سيارة أجرة يقودها رجل. ولفت محافظ الإسكندرية إلى أن «تاكسي السيدات» فكرة ستدشن مع انطلاق احتفال المحافظة بكونها «عاصمة للسياحة العربية لعام 2010»، وهو ما يتوقع أن يؤدي إلى طفرة سياحية للمدينة. وتابع أن صاحبة المشروع سيدة أعمال رأت أنها فكرة تخدم السيدات، ويمكن طلب «التاكسي» عن طريق الهاتف في أي وقت، يوميا وطوال 24 ساعة. من ناحية أخرى، ذكرت مصادر في المحافظة أنه لم يستقر الرأي بعد على لون «تاكسي السيدات» الذي من المرجح أن يكون اللون الزهري، تماشيا مع الطابع الأنثوي له. لكن الشيء الثابت هو أن تاكسي الإسكندرية الشهير باللونين الأصفر والأسود سيلقى منافسة شديدة، كما أن المشروع الجديد يأتي بعد نجاح مشروع «تاكسي العاصمة» ومشروع «فاست كوول» بالإسكندرية، وهي سيارات الأجرة التي تقل المواطنين بالطلب عبر الهاتف. من جهته، علق أحمد عطية، رئيس غرفة شركات السياحة بالإسكندرية، قائلا إن فكرة «تاكسي السيدات» تشكل تطويرا لشكل سيارات الأجرة في الإسكندرية «التي أصبحت بالية وقديمة ولا تعكس الوجه الحضاري للمدينة، خاصة مع ازدياد أعداد الأفواج السياحية إلى المدينة». مما يذكر، أن فكرة «تاكسي السيدات» طبقت بالفعل في بعض الدول العربية منها الإمارات العربية المتحدة ولبنان.
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تاكسي جديد في الإسكندرية يرفع الرجال من الخدمة

شعاره «السيدات تقل السيدات والسادة»
الإسكندرية: داليا عاصم
وافقت محافظة الإسكندرية بمصر على مشروع «تاكسي السيدات» الذي سيبدأ خدماته بإطلاق 40 سيارة تقودها سيدات بحلول عام 2010. أما الغاية فهي زيادة الخصوصية للنساء في المواصلات العامة، وتوفير قدر أكبر من الأمان لهن.

اللواء عادل لبيب، محافظ الإسكندرية، قال لـ«الشرق الأوسط» إن المشروع قائم على مبدأ «السيدات تقلّ السيدات» وإن الموافقة عليه نبعت من رغبة المحافظة في تلبية رغبة سيدات المجتمع السكندري وزوّار المدينة في استقلال وسيلة مواصلات أكثر أمانا، خاصة، مع التوسعات العمرانية الجديدة في المدينة، والامتداد إلى مناطق غير مأهولة، مما قد يثير المخاوف لدى بعض السيدات من التعامل مع سيارة أجرة يقودها رجل. ولفت محافظ الإسكندرية إلى أن «تاكسي السيدات» فكرة ستدشن مع انطلاق احتفال المحافظة بكونها «عاصمة للسياحة العربية لعام 2010»، وهو ما يتوقع أن يؤدي إلى طفرة سياحية للمدينة. وتابع أن صاحبة المشروع سيدة أعمال رأت أنها فكرة تخدم السيدات، ويمكن طلب «التاكسي» عن طريق الهاتف في أي وقت، يوميا وطوال 24 ساعة. من ناحية أخرى، ذكرت مصادر في المحافظة أنه لم يستقر الرأي بعد على لون «تاكسي السيدات» الذي من المرجح أن يكون اللون الزهري، تماشيا مع الطابع الأنثوي له. لكن الشيء الثابت هو أن تاكسي الإسكندرية الشهير باللونين الأصفر والأسود سيلقى منافسة شديدة، كما أن المشروع الجديد يأتي بعد نجاح مشروع «تاكسي العاصمة» ومشروع «فاست كوول» بالإسكندرية، وهي سيارات الأجرة التي تقل المواطنين بالطلب عبر الهاتف. من جهته، علق أحمد عطية، رئيس غرفة شركات السياحة بالإسكندرية، قائلا إن فكرة «تاكسي السيدات» تشكل تطويرا لشكل سيارات الأجرة في الإسكندرية «التي أصبحت بالية وقديمة ولا تعكس الوجه الحضاري للمدينة، خاصة مع ازدياد أعداد الأفواج السياحية إلى المدينة». مما يذكر، أن فكرة «تاكسي السيدات» طبقت بالفعل في بعض الدول العربية منها الإمارات العربية المتحدة ولبنان.
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Why? Why do this when most young men are unemployed?!
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Why not eskandarany? This a step in the right direction because many women (both Egyptian and tourists) complain about sexual harassment from some taxi drivers.

Here's an article about a new factory:

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Egypt to build biggest car tire factory in Mideast
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CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt is planning to build the biggest car tire factory in the Middle East at a cost of 600 million Egyptian pounds ($109 million), the state news agency MENA quoted an industry executive as saying on Saturday.

Egypt has tried to spur industrial exports as a way of buoying economic growth and providing jobs for its 77 million people, but the global financial crisis and competition from Asian manufacturers have curbed some of its efforts.

"Domestic tire exports face big problems due to the entrance of Chinese producers in African markets, particularly the COMESA nations, at very low prices," the agency quoted Taher Salama, head of the state-owned Transport and Engineering Company (Trenco), as saying.

COMESA is the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa.

The new factory will be able to produce half a million tires annually, the report said. It will take two years to build and will be located in El-Amerya, west of the Mediterranean port city of Alexandria.

Egyptian, Arab and foreign investors will take part in the factory's financing, the report said without naming specific investors. Trenco currently exports to Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states and plans to export to Sudan, it added.

($1=5.500 Egyptian Pound)

(Reporting by Alexander Dziadosz; editing by David Stamp)
http://www.reuters.com/article/GCA-A...5BI14N20091219
Sounds good to me. Here's another one this time an invitation for a Tata factory:

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Egypt invites Tata Motors to build Nano plant-paper
Wed, Dec 16 2009

MUMBAI, Dec 17 (Reuters) - Egypt has invited India's Tata Motors <TAMO.BO> to build a factory to make the Nano, the world's cheapest car, in the African country for the local market and sales elsewhere, the Mint newspaper reported on Thursday.

"Egypt is seeking consent of Tata for left-hand drive Nano to be produced in Egypt, where a huge market is expected not only internally, but in the left-hand drive market in the Middle East and in Europe," the paper quoted Egypt's ambassador to India, Mohamed Higazy, as saying.

Higazy told the paper the company would consider the proposal after the initial phase of the Nano launch.

Tata launched the Nano in March this year and is expected to to take it to Europe by 2011 and to the United States later.

"While Tata Motors has said that the Tata Nano and its variants will also be introduced in other countries, the company has not decided on its manufacturing strategy (in other countries), let alone Egypt," the paper quoted a Tata Motors spokesman as saying in an email. (Reporting by Janaki Krishnan; Editing by Ranjit Gangadharan)
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What do you guys think? Do you think there will be demand for the Nano in Egypt?
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Those are GREAT! they will help keep our unemployment rate down, and boost our economy too and number of other advantage but we have to be aware of there disadvantage I hope more of these in the near future.

and I hope Tata Motors build that factory in Egypt it would be so awesome.
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For the Nano I think you have to think about factors such as a)safety, b)pollution and c), fuel consumption. I'm not an expert on car matters so I admit I don't know if this car would be good for Egypt's roads or not.
Still, the prospect of having a car this cheap gives me nightmares about how traffic can become even more congested in Cairo if you can picture it.
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LOL, Yeah I see your point but in the article there is a point that BURN ME "and sales elsewhere" WHY?? and it should answer your point, about a, b and c I don't know if you came to safety it would be highly risky it's risky form just hearing that it's going to be made from nano materials. Pollution I believe that the nano stuff are friendly to the environment. but if you looked at this article

http://www.independent.co.uk/environ...no-769421.html

then it's scary.

If we talking about that factor going to create the car I mean like they have the control over like they make some researches and have new version of it that is more friendly then that would be awesome and that what we expect from our government.


BTW It really good to hear that big companies invest in our countries but it's also sad that we haven't got multi international companies.


I hope this going to be a fully Egyptian factory:

مصر تدرس إقامة أكبر مصنع لإنتاج إطارات السيارات بالشرق الأوسط

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تبحث مصر إنشاء أكبر مصنع في منطقة الشرق الأوسط لإنتاج إطارات السيارات بمختلف أنواعها ومقاساتها بتكلفة إجمالية 600 مليون جنيه، لدعم الصناعة المحلية التي لا تتعدى حصتها من السوق 20 % بسبب إغراق المستورد خاصة الصيني.
وصرح المهندس طاهر سلامة رئيس شركة النقل بأنه تم تشكيل لجنة فنية مصرية برئاسة المهندس عادل الموزى رئيس الشركة القابضة للصناعات الكيماوية لإعداد الدراسات التنفيذية الخاصة. وتبلغ طاقة المصنع الإنتاجية مليونا و500 ألف إطار سنويا بالإضافة إلى إنتاج مليون أنبوبة داخلية (كاوتشوك داخلي) وذلك لتغطي جزءا من الفجوة بين الإنتاج المحلى والاستيراد.
وحول تمويل المصنع، أشار إلى أنه يساهم فيه مستثمرون مصريون وعرب وأجانب بحيث تمتلك الشركة القابضة للصناعات الكيماوية حصة كاملة. ويستغرق الإنشاء نحو عامين ويقام بمدينة العامرية غرب الإسكندرية.
وذكر أن هناك عروضا تقدمت بها كل من اليابان والصين وإندونيسيا للمساهمة في إقامة المصنع الجديد إلى جانب أن هناك خطة سيتم تنفيذها بالتعاون مع ألمانيا لتحسين جودة الإطارات المنتجة حاليا وتقليل تكاليف الإنتاج.
ونوه إلى أنه ينافس شركة النقل والهندسة لإطارات السيارات نحو 108 ماركات معظمها من إنتاج دول جنوب شرق آسيا وبعضها مجهول الهوية و 20 % منها يتم تهريبها مما نتج عنه انخفاض الحصة السوقية للشركات الوطنية بالسوق المصرية.
وقال المهندس طاهر سلامة أن ما يباع من حصة الشركة حاليا للجهات الحكومية والأسواق لا يزيد عن 20% من الإنتاج بسبب سياسة الإغراق مما دفع وزارة الصناعة إلى إصدار قرارات بفرض رسوم إغراق على بعض الواردات من إطارات السيارات ذات المنشأ الصيني والهندي.
وذكر أن تصدير الإطارات المحلية يواجه مشاكل بسبب دخول المنتج الصيني الأسواق الأفريقية خاصة دول الكوميسا وبأسعار متدنية للغاية. وأشار إلى أنه يتم حاليا تصدير منتجات الشركة سعودية ودول الخليج كما سيتم تصدير حصة للسودان.
وحول تأثر سوق السيارات المصرية بالأزمة العالمية، قال اللواء عفت عبدالعاطي رئيس شعبة السيارات لأخبار مصر إن السوق مرت بأسوأ حالاتها بربع قرن تقريبا، في مخالفة لتقدير رابطة مصنعي السيارات التي أفادت بأن المبيعات تراجعت إلى مستوى 2007.
واختلف المصدر مع مجلس معلومات السيارات حول تقدير مستقبل السوق، ليتوقع الأخير عودة مبيعات السوق إلي معدلاتها الطبيعية في الربع الثالث من 2009 إلا أن رئيس الشعبة أكد أن السوق لن تعود لحالها السابق قبل 2011.
وأكد مجلس معلومات السيارات تعافي مبيعات السيارات جزئيا من الركود الذي خلفته الأزمة المالية والذي ظهر جليا منذ يناير/ كانون الثاني 2009.
وفي إشارة إلى تطور عدد المركبات في مصر منذ عام 1981 وحتى 2008، قدرت بيانات الجهاز المركزي للتعبئة العامة والإحصاء زيادة عدد المركبات في الفترة المذكورة بنسبة‏ 402 %‏ لتصل إلى 5 ملايين وحدة بنهاية ‏2008‏ تشمل السيارات الملاكي والأجرة والجرارات ووسائل النقل العام وسيارات المدارس والرحلات والمقطورات وغيرها‏ مقابل‏ 932‏ ألفا بنهاية سنة الأساس.
وبلغت أعداد المركبات منسوبة لإجمالي عدد السكان ‏62‏ مركبة لكل ألف نسمة في 2008 مقابل‏ 22‏ مركبة لكل ألفي نسمة في عام‏ في مطلع الثمانينات‏.
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Yes, it is sad that we don't have the capabilities to manufacture an Egyptian car like some other countries such as Iran or Turkey. Probably it will never happen unless the government decides to push for it; the private sector in Egypt is not interested in anything other than real estate.

As for the tire factory, I'm sure it's going to be fully Egyptian but it's hard to compete with Chinese & Indian products so let's see how this goes.
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New over road walkway bridges equipped with escalators in Alexandria:





New double deck buses in Alexandria:







New road markings located everywhere in Alexandria:


The photos are made by me in October 2009.
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Thats amazing!

Thanks! The walkways look so fururistic, the buses are awesome, and the markings make the streets look so much nicer.
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I like double decker buses. those overer bridges are super nice.
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Woow nice, I was in alex this sept and I never saw those markings they must be new, anyway that great, I hope to see CLEAN streets, I wonder when Google Street going to be in Egypt, anyway I hope that time be when we have a MUCH Cleaner and better streets.
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interesting project i did'nt know existed...

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Egypt, Sudan firms sign accord on Cape-to-Cairo road

06 Jan 2010 09:04 AM


CAIRO- An Egyptian and a Sudanese company signed an agreement on Tuesday to build a key section of the Cape-to-Cairo highway, an Egyptian official said.

The road has been a dream since the late 19th century, when British officials planned a road to connect their colonies in Africa. Under the agreement, a 400-km (250-mile) stretch of highway will be built between Aswan in Egypt and Dongola in Sudan at a cost of $500 million, Osama Saleh, chairman of the General Authority for Investment, told reporters.

This is the last section to be built between Khartoum and Cairo, although major gaps remain unfinished in East Africa.

"The project aims to connect Egypt's Alexandria and Cape Town in South Africa," Saleh said.

Egypt's state Holding Co. for Building and Construction and Sudan's privately owned Zawaya Group for Development and Investment signed the memorandum of understanding.

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the buses and the bridge are awesome!!! I wish we had those kind of buses in Cairo...it would really be cost efficient and would help save people a lot of time.
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Thats great news.
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