Multinational - TransMaghreb railway feasibility study

Project Summary

Approval Date 18 Nov 2014
Signature Date 25 Jan 2016
Planned Completion Date 31 Dec 2020
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Transport
DAC Sector Code 21030
Commitment U.A 1,249,533.08
Status Implementation

Project General Description

This intervention focuses on the preparation phase of the project for the construction of the trans-Maghreb railway line, financed by the resources of the NEPAD Infrastructure Project Preparation Facility (Special Fund IPFP-NEPAD). The proposed trans-Maghreb railway line, led by the Arab Maghreb Union (AMU), is expected to significantly boost regional trade and the economies of the Arab Maghreb Union. The preparation phase of this project, which is the subject of this support, has two main components: the first relates to the technical, economic, financial and socio-environmental feasibility study on: (i) the rehabilitation and modernization of 362 km of railways linking Morocco to Algeria and 503 km of railroad between Algeria and Tunisia, and (ii) the construction of 253 km of new railways with a base speed of 220 km / h to connect Algeria to Tunisia. The second component concerns project management and auditing. It is more specifically the capacity building of the AMU General Secretariat and the accounting and financial audit of the funded activities.

Project Objectives

The main objectives of the project are: (i) improve the interconnection between the railway networks of Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia; (ii) reduce costs and travel time on the Casablanca-Algiers-Tunis corridor; (iii) improve the interoperability of rail networks in Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia; (iv) promote intermodal transport and intra-community trade in the AMU region; (v) improve the living conditions of the Maghreb populations; (vi) facilitate the free movement of goods, capital and persons between Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia, and generally throughout the AMU region.


The direct beneficiary of the project is the General Secretariat of the Arab Maghreb Union (AMU). The ultimate beneficiaries are the populations of the countries of the AMU region.

Participating Organization

NEPAD Infrastructure Project Preparation Facility
Union du Maghreb Arabe (UMA)


IATI identifier 46002-P-Z1-DC0-017
Last Update 22 Nov 2020


Contact Details

Name CODO Pamphile Stanislas

Geographic Location

Country Multinational