The number of jobs the Sahara Canal Project would create is unparalled. People who are looking to go to eg. Europe, will no longer need to. There would be plenty of work in Africa. This is just a short introduction of foreseeable sectors where work opportunities will be created.
More jobs for more people, jobs for people, where there weren’t any! One of the aims of the Sahara Canal is to generate production facilities. This can be seen in various categories. Generating production in this area would mean input for development of income and education, as well as means to develop and participate in international trade. Here are named a few.
Fresh Water Production
Through existing technologies it is possible to desalinate water. The water feed of the Sahara Canal is salt water from the Red Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. The objective is to install desalination projects along the length of the Sahara Canal to desalinate water for drinking and irrigation purposes. This would mean that the area becomes livable for humans, fauna and flora.
Proposed project installment: e.g. Sahara Forest Project or Seawater Greenhouse
The Sahara Canal foresees production areas of energy. This energy is needed for the development of the region itself and for export. Many areas in the world need more and more energy.
There are projects for energy production in the Sahara region, projects such as Desertec. With the Sahara Canal the possibilities for energy production will become more and more constructive of nature. The host countries will get access to the international energy market.
Projections of the energy to be generated are to be made.
Cattle in the Sahara? Endless fields of corn, tomatoes, oranges, sunflowers?
As stated in other articles, the world needs the Sahara region for food production. This is eminent for the host countries and continent, as well as for the world food production as a whole. Creating irrigation possibilities for the Sahara region will make food production possible. The terrain at hand is enormous and if the aims of the project are met the world would gain an accessible and enormous area for food production. This would mean a rise in export possibilities for the host and surrounding countries.
Industry: Shipping and Transport
The Sahara Canal is first and foremost a shipping route. With the opening of the Suez Canal the world saw a shorter route between major exporting countries in South and North America, Europe, India, China, Japan and Southeast Asia. The Sahara Canal shortens the route for international transport between these exporting regions. The usage of the Sahara Canal would boost income for the region, while it works time saving for major players in the international transport industry.
Some of the foreseen host countries along the trajectory are landlocked, they have no access to open water. The Sahara Canal aims to take down this barrier. These countries will get harbors for regional and international shipping transport. If the propositions for food production are obtained, these harbors would become distribution centers for local production areas.
Has anybody seen pictures of the beautiful areas in the Sahara region? With the completion of the Sahara Canal tourism towards this area can be boosted. Cruise ships sailing from one side to the other, to visit the area and contribute to local economies.
Boosting the region does not come without developing the surrounding infrastructure. This industry would get a great impulse from the development and exploitation of the Sahara Canal. Once the need for transportation facilities is raised, infrastructure will follow.
In recent years the continent has seen the construction of the Trans Saharan Highways. These highways will gain momentum with the interconnection of the Sahara Canal. As a result the region and surrounding countries will become more and more accessible with the development of the region as a result of the Sahara Canal.