Ukraine's Agriculture Minister Oleksiy Pavlenko:

New Suez Canal step in Egypt's economic success

GMT 22:21 2015 Thursday ,06 August

Arab Today, arab today New Suez Canal step in Egypt's economic success

Ukraine's Agriculture Minister Oleksiy Pavlenko
Cairo - Arab Today

Ukraine's Agriculture Minister Oleksiy Pavlenko asserted that the inauguration of new Suez Canal project is a new step in Egypt's economic success.

In an exclusive interview with MENA, Pavlenko hailed Egyptian government for implementing the grand project.

Pavlenko, who is leading his country's delegation to the inauguration, said this huge project will provide more trade opportunities for Ukrainian agricultural products.

He pointed out that he discussed with his Egyptian counterpart means of boosting bilateral relations in agricultural field.

He also underlined that the volume of trade between the two countries reached 600.4 million dollars by the end of first half of 2015.

The new 72-kilometer waterway, built in less than a year at a cost of 60 billion EGP, runs part of the way alongside the existing canal connecting the Red Sea and the Mediterranean.

The legendary project was mostly financed by investment certificates sold to Egyptians.

The new canal, which consists of 37 kilometer of new, parallel waterway and 35 kilometers of deepening and widening of the existing canal, will cut the waiting period for vessels from 18 hours to 11.

Its width is 400 meters and it is 24 meters deep.

A maximum 49 ships a day can pass through the canal in two directions present. The Suez Canal Authority says the expansion could almost double the number by 2023.

Large ships with submersibles measuring 65 feet will be also able to enter the waterway, thus increasing the Suez Canal income by 259 percent.

The construction of the new canal was initially scheduled to take five years. It was then first reduced to three years and finally ordered by President Abdel Fattah El Sisi to be completed in one year only, which is almost one third of the initial estimated period of implementation.

Built 146 years ago, the Suez Canal is one of the world's most heavily used shipping lanes and has been a key source of international trade.
Source: MENA


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