“On Thursday, Egypt will celebrate the opening of the new 72-kilometer [44.7-mile] channel parallel to Suez Canal which was originally built 146 years ago. The new channel will allow ships to transit via the waterway in both directions. It will help to cut the waiting period from 22 hours to 11 and help to boost revenues,” Mousa said.
Hundreds of guests have been invited to attend the opening ceremony in Ismailia Governorate.
French President Francois Hollande, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, Chinese Culture Minister Luo Shugang, along with the Vatican delegation and some African leaders are expected to attend the New Suez Canal opening ceremony, according to Mousa.
The New Suez Canal running parallel to the old Suez Canal is expected to facilitate traffic in both directions, thus increasing the waterway’s capacity and boosting Egypt’s economy. The new channel is expected to provide much-needed for Egypt job opportunities, and make the country an international logistics center.