Minister of Public Works Amani Boqmaz, prior to her resignation last week, announced that a feasibility study for the rapid railway link project between Kuwait and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is underway.
The study will assess the economic, technical, and financial viability of the project, as well as the best feasible path for the project that benefits both countries, said the minister in answer to multiple queries submitted by lawmakers. The estimated KD3 million cost for the study is to be borne equally by Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.
The Kuwait-Saudi rapid railway link project is considered a significant development that is projected to boost economic cooperation between both countries. The expected benefits of the project include the enhancement of trade, tourism, and logistics capabilities while also improving transportation links between Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.
On a related transportation file, the Minister confirmed that in March 2023, the public works ministry had held a meeting with heads of several diplomatic missions and ambassadors accredited to Kuwait to apprise them, and provide their embassies with data related to the road network in Kuwait. This was done so that the embassies could nominate qualified companies in their respective countries to participate in developing Kuwait’s road network.
In response to another question by an MP, the Minister stated that 36 companies were nominated by their countries’ embassies through diplomatic channels. She added that although the ministry has not contracted with any company to maintain roads through direct contracts, 10 practices have been proposed, and the tendering procedures for these practices have been completed.