The New Suez Canal
Wednesday، 16 December 2015 12:00 AM
The New Suez Canal is a symbol of the new Egypt, representing the energy, resourcefulness and determination of the Egyptian people, and is one of the most significant projects to come out of Egypt in modern times. It will enrich our economy and society for decades to come.
The huge engineering project began with a national subscription to raise the necessary funds. In just six days, the Egyptian people raised around US$8.5 billion and work began on 6thAugust 2014. Despite initial estimates indicating the project would take three years, the project is well on course to be completed in less than 12 months.
The Suez Canal has been at the heart of Egypt's economy for more than 150 years. The project to build a new 72km waterway will enable two-way traffic and double the current daily ship capacity. As a result, the canal authority is set to increase its annual revenue from $5.3 billion in 2015 to $13.2 billion in 2023, as well as underscore the canal's position as a major maritime trade route against a backdrop of growing competition.
The New Suez Canal is at the heart of a vision to construct a fully developed industrial area along the canal known as the Suez Canal Zone. The zone will see the creation of a huge industrial area catering to a broad range of sectors including manufacturing, logistics, ship repair, and more. With the Suez Canal positioned as a vital component of world trade, the Suez Canal Zone will provide access to 1.6 billion customers worldwide.
The project will provide Egypt with investment and employment opportunities for years to come