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Conference Day 1

 

Monday 22 July 2019

 

Keynote : Integrating and connecting West Africa’s ports and rail infrastructure

Chairman: Engr Chidi Izuwah, Director General, Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission, Nigeria

09:30

Opening remarks

Daniel Bloch, Portfolio Director: Transport, dmg events, South Africa

09:40

Welcome address

Hadiza Bala Usman, Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority, Nigeria

10:00

Panel discussion: A road map to delivering efficient, sustainable cross-border transport infrastructure in the region
  • Steps to facilitate ports-rail-corridor integration to increase intra-African trade up from the status quo of 20%
  • Strategies to develop proactive delivery-focused partnerships to deliver mega-regional infrastructure projects
  • Plans to harmonise trade and investment in West Africa

Panellists:

Hadiza Bala Usman, Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority, Nigeria
Honourable Bill Twehway, Managing Director, National Port Authority of Liberia, Liberia
Jean-Aime Nziengui, Technical Director/Railway Expert, ARTF, Gabon
Engr Fidet Okhiria, Managing Director, Nigerian Railways Corporation, Nigeria
His Excellency Daniel Dargent, Belgian Ambassador to Nigeria, Belgium

11:30

VIP tour of the exhibition

12:00

Networking lunch break

Session 1 : Financing trade and transport infrastructure projects

Moderator: Suleiman Ibrahim, Lead: Capital Project and Infrastructure, PwC, Nigeria

13:00

Presentation: The role of DFIs in enabling PPP’s consortiums in the roll-out of large infrastructure

Mdu Dlamini, Head: Financial Institutions and ex. SADC Regional Deal Origination, Development Bank of Southern Africa, South Africa

13:15

Promoting regional integration and intra-African trade

Tajudeen Olanrewaju, Associate, Ayo Olanrewaju and Co, Nigeria

13:30

Panel discussion: Project preparation and finance
  • Identifying strategic PPP and concession models for ports and rail operations to drive new investment
  • Evaluating the bankability of projects and conditionality of funding
  • Unpacking the procurement process for upcoming government projects
  • Lessons learnt in PPP and concession models
  • Nigeria’s investment environment

Panellists:
Mdu Dlamini, Head: Financial Institutions and ex. SADC, Development Bank of Southern Africa, South Africa
Adeshina Emmanuel, Director Investment Promotion, Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission, Nigeria

Kayode Khalidson, Principal Partner, Infrastructure Delivery International, Nigeria
Olusola Lawson, Investment Director and Head of West Africa, AIIM, Nigeria
Edward Hartung, Senior Territory Manager, Oracle Construction and Engineering, Dubai

14:30

Networking coffee break

Session 2 : Digitalisation of West African ports and railways

Moderator: Dr Chinedum Onyemechi, Deputy of Maritime Technology, Federal University of Technology Owerri, Nigeria

Session sponsored by:

15:00

Ports and railways digitalisation, opportunities and integration

Dr Sowemimo Abiodun, CEO, InfoMetriQ / President, African Emerging Generation of Innovators, Nigeria 

15:15

Panel discussion: West African transport 4.0 – how can individual companies prepare for capturing value from new opportunities in the emerging digital industry?
  • Fast tracking cargo clearance processes with single window solutions to reduce costs by up to 25%
  • Boosting cargo and passenger throughput by digitalisation the entire supply chain process and integrating systems
  • Using automation and disruptive technologies to reduce congestion including drones to monitor port areas and tracking and sensor technology connected via and LTE wireless networks

Panellists:

Abdulraheem Fahm, Associate Director – Environment, CARES, Nigeria
Tajudeen Olanrewaju, Associate, Ayo Olanrewaju and Co, Nigeria
Dr Bayero S Farah, Director General, Nigerian Institute of Transport Technology (NITT), Nigeria
Dr Sowemimo Abiodun, CEO, InfoMetriQ / President, African Emerging Generation of Innovators, Nigeria

17:00

Networking cocktail reception on the exhibition floor

End of Day 1

Conference Day 2

 

TUESDAY 23 JULY 2019

 

Please note that the programme featured below is provisional and may be subject to change. 

Session 3 : Mandatory maintenance

Moderator: Chinemerem Igboanusi, Lecturer, Federal University of Technology Owerri, Nigeria

Session sponsored by:

09:30

Case study: Best practice and planning for port resilience 

Jeffrey Pritchard, Bid Leader, Freyssinet, France

09:45

Panel discussion: Unpacking an efficient, proactive rail maintenance strategy and cost-effective development
  • Upgrading systems versus entire units
  • Job creation and localisation
  • Identifying and partnering with the right suppliers
  • Ensuring commercial participation of practitioners

Panellists:
Najeeb Mahmoud Abdussalam, CEO, Trust Synergy Infrastructure Limited (TSIL), Nigeria
Jeffrey Pritchard, Bid Leader, Freyssinet, France
Fidel Agunbiade, Director of Rail Services, Connect Rail Services Limited, Nigeria
Sherief el Abd, Director Global Strategy Capital Projects, Oracle Construction and Engineering, Dubai

10:30

Networking / coffee break

Session 4 : West African rail spotlight session

Moderator: Femi Awofala, Lead Partner, Brickstone Africa, Nigeria

Presentations: A series of updates from rail authorities around West Africa providing insight into development projects

  • Boosting cross-border development and collaboration to achieve well-integrated intelligent multi-modal transport networks
  • Assessing the competitive landscape for rail projects in West Africa
  • Distilling projects and understanding next steps, such as which projects are open and how they are funded, as well as specifics and estimated cost of a project

11:30

Gabon: Current railway projects

Jean-Aime Nziengui, Technical Director/Railway Expert, ARTF, Gabon

11:45

Nigeria: Standard Gauge concession project

Engr Fidet Okhiria, Managing Director, Nigerian Railways Corporation, Nigeria

12:00

Overcoming infrastructure challenges in the region

Fidel Agunbiade, Director of Rail Services, Connect Rail Services Limited, Nigeria

13:00

Networking lunch break/Lunch

Session 5 : West Africa ports spotlight session

Moderator: Augstin Tonan, Secretary General, Ports Management Association of West and Central Africa, Nigeria

Presentations: A series of updates from ports authorities and terminal operators around West Africa, providing insight into areas of maritime growth and development
  • Integrating sustainable technology into development (single window integration, renewable energy options and emissions control)
  • Incorporating beneficiation and industrial development zones in a complimentary fashion in West Africa
  • Tender briefing updates

14:00

Nigeria: Improving capacity of eastern ports

Hadiza Bala Usman, Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority, Nigeria

14:15

From the regulators perspective: Nigerian port concessions, the journey so far

Ahmed Abdulrazaq, Head Monitoring & Compliance Contract Compliance Department, Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC), Nigeria

14:30

Liberia: Establishing effective port concessions

Honourable Bill Twehway, Managing Director, National Port Authority of Liberia, Liberia

15:00

The Port of Antwerp and West Africa – A close relationship

His Excellency Daniel Dargent, Belgian Ambassador to Nigeria, Belgium

16:00

Closing

 

PART OF THE GLOBAL SERIES OF TRANSPORT EVOLUTION FORUMS

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11 – 12 May 2020

July 2020

15 – 16 October 2019