Establishment of a Navigational Line between Lake Victoria and the Mediterranean Sea-Feasibility Study Phase 2 (VICMED)
|Project Title||Establishment of a Navigational Line between Lake Victoria and the Mediterranean Sea-Feasibility Study Phase 2 (VICMED)|
|PIDA Sub-sector||Water Transport|
|Member States||Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda|
|Region||Central Africa, Northern Africa, Eastern Africa|
|Beneficiary Countries||Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda|
|Regional Economic Community||Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA)|
|Project Institution||Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation, Egypt Ministry of Transport, Egypt|
|Source in the REC Master Plan||Approval by COMESA Ministers of infrastructure and COMESA Summit (Heads of State), PICI Project|
|Brief Description of the Project||VICMED Project is a multimodal transport project to Link between Lake Victoria and the Mediterranean Sea”. The project potential benefits are as follows: |
• Connecting footprint countries via an environmental friendly, relatively low-cost natural transport route that is safe, secure, energy efficient and capable of moving various types and volumes of goods and cargo.
• Providing effective support and facilitation for trade and tourism among footprint countries and rest of the world.
• Providing opportunities for land-locked countries to tap into other international seas and ports including Mediterranean & Red seas.
• Reinforce region’s position within the global economic system.
• Allowing more cooperation & regional integration in all aspects among footprint countries.
• Support economic development in the footprint countries.
• Creating Job opportunities
The projected was approved as a Presidential Infrastructure Championing Initiative (PICI) project in January 2013, and was launched by the Egyptian Government and NEPAD Agency in June 2013. The project aims to promote intermodal transport by integrating river, rail and road transport facilities along the Nile Corridor and to develop river management capacity.
The VICMED project consists of four Main phases:
1. Pre-Feasibility Phase: (Completed in May 2015)
2. Feasibility Study - Phase 1 (Completed in July 2019)
3. Feasibility Study - Phase 2 (Not Started yet)
i. Part 1: Evaluate alternatives and select the best one
ii. Part 2: Strategic Environmental and Social Impact Assessment
|Objective and Rationale for the Project||Objectives:|
• Achieve socio-economic integration and cohesion among Nile river basin footprint countries.
• Achieve a sustainable integrated multimodal transport system among Nile river basin footprint countries.
• Enhance trade and tourism among river basin footprint countries.
• Nile basin comprises 10 countries, 5 of which are landlocked, These these locked countries need to develop their export markets but they face numerous obstacles. In addition to transport costs, logistics costs are affected by the connectivity to shipping lanes through mainly three countries often possess lower quality transport infrastructure because they are also developing countries.
• The level of economic cooperation and regional trade between the Nile Basin countries has historically been hindered by limitations in regional transport infrastructure.
• Navigation along the River Nile offers a cheaper transport alternative, and a more sustainable and cleaner mode of transport.
• VICMED as Development Corridor.
|Location/Site||Nile River/Nile Basin|
|Existing or Planned Projects along the proposed project||The project serves a planned infrastructure asset of another sector, but there is less than 50% overlap in the geography serviced by the proposed project and the other sector planned asset.|
|Please provide more details for your choice above||• Cairo Cape town corridor|
• The Northern Corridor Transport Network corridor
• The Africa Integrated High Speed Railway Network and Masterplan
|Technical Specifications of the Project||Feasibility Study - Phase 2 : Due to the complexity and the huge size of the project, this Phase will be further subdivided into two parts: • The First Part includes evaluation of the proposed VICMED scenarios and concludes with selecting the best scenario. Involved activities include Hydraulic, hydrologic, Morphological data collection, preparation of economic and Strategic Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (SESA) studies, and selecting the best alternatives based on the Cost benefit analysis and multi criteria analysis, also Part1 will be preceded by a transition period (6-12 month), during which the regional operating units in Cairo and Kampala will be established and recruitment of regional experts to operate and manage the project will take place. Moreover, and due to the nature of the project, regional experts and administrative local staff will be deployed to supervise and manage project activities. • The Second part which will cover the Strategic Environment and Social Impact Assessment - will mainly depend on the selected alternative and it will take roughly total period oAnnex 1 Shows the future institutional setup of the VICMED project.f 20 months.|
|Market Size||All Nile Basin countries will be affected and get benefit from the Project as well as the benefits will extended to all the African countries by integrated this project with other Existing or Planned Projects|
|Project Financial (in USD)||A) Estimated CAPEX The Estimated Capital Costs of the Phase 2 – Part 1 will be manifested in the Proposed activities (Data collection, Ruvubu, Baro, Akagera and Semiliki river prefeasibility study, SESA study.Transport economic report,Feasibility study,Cost benefit analysis study etc estimated as 8.5 million U.S $ B) Estimated OPEX The estimated Operational costs will be manifested in the experts and local staff salaries estimated about 3.2 million USD. The total cost (feasibility study and implementation cost is estimated at USD 12 billions)|
|Gender Procurement actions||The project will seek to have a minimum of 15% procurement preference for women.|
|Last Milestone Known||S2B - Feasibility|
|Last Name||Moustafa Sileet|
|Position||Head of Central Department for External Cooperation AMCOW TAC PMU Director&Regional Coordinator-VICMED Project Director- NBI National Office|
|Organisation||Nile Water Sector- Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation Arab Republic of Egypt|
|Email 2 (Optional)||email@example.com|
|Position||Senior Transport Economst|
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