• 1.5 BILLION

    Net Ton/Km Rail (FY15)
  • 20/20 GE LOCOMOTIVES

    Received in 2015
  • 73 KM

    Of Rail Reopened
  • 240 HIGH-CAPACITY (60 ton) WAGONS

    Acquired in 2015
  • 57 RIVER BARGES

    In Service
  • 305 MILLION USD

    Overall Investments Injected in Railway Since 2009

In a world where energy is scarce, focusing on efficiency via river or rail transport is a key competitive advantage. Our investments in railway and river transport aim to provide affordable and reliable logistics solutions that can become an engine of national and regional growth and help dismantle barriers to cross-border trade in Africa.

Our rail transport investments have untold potential to transform Africa’s economies. Transport prices in East Africa are among the highest in the world with transport to Uganda from Kenya presently costing more than USD 0.13 per ton/km due in large part to a heavy reliance on trucking. The efficiency — in time and cost — of rail can be a real game changer. A more efficient rail network in East Africa could bring transport costs down by as much as 35% — a savings that should have a substantial impact on businesses and consumers alike.

Over the last few years, our investments in the river transport, logistics and port management sector have gained momentum. As fuel subsidies are gradually removed in Egypt and fuel becomes more costly, manufacturers will be seeking alternative means of transporting goods. There has never been a better time to move cargo via river barges, which are a more efficient, affordable and environmentally friendly means of transport relative to trucking. The capacity of one of our river barges is equivalent to 45 trucks, with only one-quarter of the emissions.

Rail and river transportation are not only more economically viable than trucking, but they also have much lower carbon footprints than road transport.

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  • Karim Sadek
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    Karim Sadek

    Managing Director, Qalaa Holdings Transportation Division
    Karim Sadek

    Karim Sadek

    Managing Director, Qalaa Holdings Transportation Division

    Prior to joining Qalaa Holdings, Mr. Sadek was Managing Director of the Arab Investment Company (ABIC), one of the largest private-equity firms in Egypt. During his tenure, Mr. Sadek returned a substantial part of the firm’s total investments (valued at over EGP 500 million [US$ 90.91 million]) to ABIC’s shareholders in the form of dividends and share buybacks. Mr. Sadek holds a Master’s in International Securities, Investment and Banking from the Business School for Financial Markets at the University of Reading in the United Kingdom. He has extensive experience in corporate banking and credit risk assessment through his work both at the Commercial International Bank (CIB) and Arab Bank.

  • General Maged Farrag
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    General Maged Farrag

    Nile Logistics - Chairman of the National Company for Multimodal Transport (NMT)
    General Maged Farrag

    General Maged Farrag

    Nile Logistics - Chairman of the National Company for Multimodal Transport (NMT)

    Maj. Gen. (Ret) Maged Farag is Chairman of the National River Port Management Company (NRPMC), Egypt’s leading developer and operator of river ports, which offers a fuel-efficient end-to-end logistics solution using the River Nile. A Portfolio Company of Citadel Capital’s Nile Logistics, NRPMC operates Tanash Port, a 27,500-square-meter facility capable of handling 2 million tons of bulk material and 110,000 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) per annum. NRPMC is also developing a river port in Tebbin, Alexandria. Prior to joining NRPMC, Mr. Farag was on active duty with the Egyptian Armed Forces, from which he retired with the rank of Major General. His last duty post was as chairman of a state-owned oil and gas company under the Ministry of Petroleum. He holds undergraduate and master’s degrees in military science and was a Fellow of the Higher War College.