Key Overview of PIDA Railway Projects
Special Feature on AIHSRN Railway Projects

The Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA) and the African Integrated High-Speed Railway Network (AIHSRN) are at the forefront of advancing railway infrastructure across the continent. With a focus on enhancing connectivity, promoting trade, and fostering economic growth, PIDA railway projects are instrumental in transforming Africa’s transportation landscape

In the forthcoming slides, we provide an overview of 12 selected railway projects. These projects have been carefully chosen to showcase the diverse range of initiatives aimed at advancing Africa’s railway infrastructure and driving economic development across the continent.

Key Overview of PIDA Railway Projects
Rail Link 4 Tunis, TUN – Algiers, DZA
Rail Link 4 Tunis, TUN – Algiers, DZA (Northwestern & North Central Regions, MCA Rank 8)

Rail Link 4, connecting Tunis, Tunisia, to Algiers, Algeria, spanning the Northwestern & North Central Regions, holds a significant position as a Priority Project under the MCA Rank 8 category. This railway infrastructure initiative, involving Algeria, Morocco, and Tunisia, serves as a key driver for regional integration within the UMA, COMESA, and CEN-SAD regions. This project, also known as “Trans-Maghreb,” symbolizes a crucial step towards enhancing connectivity, trade, and economic cooperation among the North African countries. The support and promotion of this rail link by the UMA further underscore its importance in fostering cross-border collaboration and sustainable development in the region.

Rail Link 4 Tunis, TUN - Algiers, DZA
Rail Link 5: Algiers, DZA – Sidi Bel Abbes, DZA
Rail Link 5: Algiers, DZA – Sidi Bel Abbes, DZA (Northwestern & North Central Regions, MCA Rank 53)

Rail Link 5, connecting Algiers to Sidi Bel Abbes in Algeria, spanning the Northwestern & North Central Regions and holding a notable MCA Rank 53, is a pivotal railway project within Algeria. This initiative, selected based on a Project Preparation Facility (PPF), underscores the significance of thorough preparation and planning for essential infrastructure developments. Furthermore, the project’s promotion by the UMA as “Trans-Maghreb” highlights its role in fostering regional integration and cooperation within UMA, COMESA, and CEN-SAD regions. Rail Link 5 symbolizes a crucial step towards enhancing connectivity, trade, and economic cooperation within North Africa, reflecting the commitment to sustainable development and cross-border collaboration in the region.

Rail Link 5: Algiers, DZA - Sidi Bel Abbes, DZA
Project: Rail Link 6: Sidi Bel Abbes, DZA – Casablanca, MOR
Rail Link 6: Sidi Bel Abbes, DZA – Casablanca, MOR

Rail Link 6, connecting Sidi Bel Abbes in Algeria to Casablanca in Morocco, spanning the Northwestern & North Central Regions and holding a significant MCA Rank 20, stands as a vital railway project between the two countries. This initiative, selected based on a Project Preparation Facility (PPF), highlights the importance of comprehensive planning and preparation for key infrastructure projects. The involvement of UMA, COMESA, and CEN-SAD underscores the regional ownership and cooperation in promoting connectivity and economic development in North Africa. Rail Link 6 signifies a significant step towards enhancing trade, transportation efficiency, and fostering closer ties between Algeria and Morocco, reflecting a shared commitment to regional integration and sustainable growth.

Project: Rail Link 6: Sidi Bel Abbes, DZA - Casablanca, MOR
Rail Link 17 Douala, CMR – Bangui, CAF
Rail Link 17 Douala, CMR – Bangui, CAF (Central Region, MCA Rank 66)

Rail Link 17, connecting Douala, Cameroon, to Bangui, Central African Republic, in the Central Region under MCA Rank 66, involves collaboration between Cameroon and CAR within the CEN-SAD and ECCAS regions. This railway project plays a crucial role in enhancing regional connectivity and trade. The selection of Rail Link 17 based on a Project Preparation Facility (PPF) underscores the importance of adequate preparation and planning for large infrastructure projects like this rail link. By supporting the pre-investment stages, PPFs facilitate the development of well-prepared projects that can attract the necessary funding for successful implementation. Rail Link 17 holds the potential to boost economic development, improve transportation efficiency, and strengthen ties between Cameroon and the Central African Republic.

Rail Link 17 Douala, CMR - Bangui, CAF
Rail Link 20: Kampala, Uganda – Nairobi, Kenya
Rail Link 20: Kampala, Uganda – Nairobi, Kenya

Rail Link 20, connecting Kampala, Uganda, to Nairobi, Kenya, holds a prestigious position as the top-ranked project in the Eastern Region under the PIDA Master Plan. This railway corridor between the capitals of Uganda and Kenya signifies a critical infrastructure link that facilitates trade, enhances connectivity, and promotes economic development in the region.

As the top-ranking project in the Eastern Region, Rail Link 20 underscores the significance of efficient railway infrastructure in driving socio-economic growth and fostering closer ties between neighboring countries. The successful implementation of this project is poised to unlock new opportunities for trade, investment, and prosperity in East Africa, showcasing the transformative impact of strategic infrastructure development in the region.

Rail Link 20: Kampala, Uganda - Nairobi, Kenya
Rail Link 22 Dakar, SEN – Tambacounda, SEN
Rail Link 22 Dakar, SEN – Tambacounda, SEN (Western Region, MCA Rank 68)

Rail Link 22, connecting Dakar, Senegal, to Tambacounda, Senegal, in the Western Region under MCA Rank 68, involves Senegal and Mali within the CEN-SAD and ECOWAS regions. This rail project is promoted by ECOWAS, emphasizing the regional cooperation and integration efforts within West Africa. The promotion by ECOWAS signifies the importance of this rail link in enhancing connectivity, trade, and economic development between Senegal and Mali. Rail Link 22 holds the promise of improving transportation efficiency, fostering economic growth, and strengthening ties between the two countries in the region.

Rail Link 22 Dakar, SEN - Tambacounda, SEN
Rail Link 34 & Rail Link 72
Pilot Projects
Rail Link 34: Kigali, Rwanda – Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Rail Link 72: Kampala, Uganda – Bujumbura, Burundi

Rail Link 34 – (Eastern Region, MCA Rank 43): Kigali, Rwanda – Dar es Salaam, Tanzania The rail link connecting Kigali, Rwanda, to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, serves as a vital corridor for enhancing regional connectivity and promoting trade between these two East African nations.

Rail Link 72 – (Eastern Region, MCA Rank 5) Kampala, Uganda – Bujumbura, Burundi The railway link between Kampala, Uganda, and Bujumbura, Burundi, plays a crucial role in strengthening transportation links between these neighboring countries. These projects underscore the strategic importance and impact on regional connectivity and economic growth.

Rail Link 34 & Rail Link 72
Rail Link 35: Walvis Bay, Namibia – Windhoek, Namibia
Rail Link 35: Walvis Bay, Namibia – Windhoek, Namibia (Southern Region, MCA Rank 38)

Rail Link 35, connecting Walvis Bay to Windhoek in Namibia, serves as a vital transportation corridor within the country, facilitating the movement of goods and people between the coastal city of Walvis Bay and the capital city of Windhoek. This railway link plays a crucial role in enhancing domestic connectivity and promoting economic development within Namibia’s Southern Region.

Rail Link 35: Walvis Bay, Namibia - Windhoek, Namibia
Rail Link 36: Windhoek, Namibia – Gaborone, Botswana
Rail Link 36: Windhoek, Namibia – Gaborone, Botswana (Southern Region, MCA Rank 4)

Rail Link 36, which connects Windhoek, Namibia, to Gaborone, Botswana, situated in the Southern Region and holding a distinguished MCA Rank 4, stands as a pivotal railway project with significant implications for regional connectivity, economic development, and trade enhancement. This railway initiative plays a crucial role in fostering closer ties between Namibia and Botswana, facilitating the movement of goods, services, and people, and promoting cross-border cooperation in the Southern Region.

Rail Link 36: Windhoek, Namibia - Gaborone, Botswana
Rail Link 37: Gaborone, Botswana – Johannesburg, South Africa
Rail Link 37: Gaborone, Botswana – Johannesburg, South Africa

Rail Link 37, connecting Gaborone, Botswana, to Johannesburg, South Africa, is a pivotal transportation corridor in the Southern African region. This railway project, involving Botswana, Namibia, and South Africa, holds significant importance for enhancing regional connectivity, facilitating trade, and promoting economic growth among these neighboring countries.

By linking Gaborone, the capital of Botswana, to Johannesburg, a major economic hub in South Africa, this rail link serves as a crucial artery for the movement of goods and people between the two nations. The collaboration between Botswana, Namibia, and South Africa on this project underscores the commitment to regional integration and the development of efficient transportation networks in Southern Africa.

Rail Link 37: Gaborone, Botswana - Johannesburg, South Africa
Rail Link 43 Lusaka, ZMB – Beira, MOZ
Rail Link 43 Lusaka, ZMB – Beira, MOZ (Southern Region, MCA Rank 52)

Rail Link 43, linking Lusaka, Zambia, to Beira, Mozambique, in the Southern Region under the MCA Rank 52 category, is a pivotal railway project involving Mozambique, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. This strategic initiative falls within the COMESA and SADC regions, emphasizing regional cooperation and connectivity. While the specific details regarding this project’s selection are not available, its inclusion under MCA Rank 52 signifies its importance in the region’s transportation infrastructure development. Rail Link 43 holds the promise of enhancing trade, fostering economic growth, and strengthening ties between the participating countries in Southern Africa.

Rail Link 43 Lusaka, ZMB - Beira, MOZ
Rail Link 49 N’Djamena, TCD – Bangui, CAF
Rail Link 49 N’Djamena, TCD – Bangui, CAF (Central Region, MCA Rank 67)

Rail Link 49, connecting N’Djamena, Chad, to Bangui, Central African Republic, in the Central Region under MCA Rank 67, is a significant railway project involving Chad and CAR within the CEN-SAD and ECCAS regions. This rail link has been selected based on a Project Preparation Facility (PPF), highlighting the importance of thorough preparation and planning for such crucial infrastructure initiatives. The utilization of a PPF ensures that the project undergoes essential pre-investment activities like feasibility studies and environmental assessments, setting the stage for attracting funding and successful implementation. Rail Link 49 holds the potential to enhance regional connectivity, promote trade, and foster economic development between Chad and the Central African Republic.

Rail Link 49 N'Djamena, TCD - Bangui, CAF
Rail Link 56 Alexandria, EGY – Khartoum, SDN
Rail Link 56 Alexandria, EGY – Khartoum, SDN (Northeastern Region, MCA Rank 41)

The Rail Link 56 project, connecting Alexandria, Egypt, to Khartoum, Sudan, in the Northeastern Region, holds significance as a project selected based on the Pre-Feasibility Study and promoted by IGAD. This railway infrastructure initiative involving Egypt and Sudan plays a vital role in enhancing connectivity and trade within the COMESA, CEN-SAD, and IGAD regions. The support and promotion by IGAD underscore the importance of this project in fostering regional integration and economic development in the Northeastern Region. The Rail Link 56 project exemplifies the commitment to cross-border cooperation and infrastructure development to drive sustainable progress and connectivity between Egypt and Sudan.

Rail Link 56 Alexandria, EGY - Khartoum, SDN
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