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

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

Organiser’s welcome

09:40

Inspirational keynote: The ability of Africans to transform Africa
Dr Seyi Oyesola, Nigeria

10:00

Opening remarks
Honourable Rotimi Amaechi, Minister of Transportation, Federal Ministry of Transportation, Nigeria*

10:30

Panel discussion: A road map to delivering efficient, sustainable cross-border transport infrastructure

  • 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:

  • Augstin Afrondji Tonan, Secretary General, Ports Management Association of West and Central Africa, Nigeria*
  • Petrus Fusi, CEO, Transnet International Holdings, South Africa
  • Michael Luguje, Director General, Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority, Ghana
  • Engr Fidet Okhiria, Director General, Nigerian Railways Corporation, Nigeria
  • Hadiza Bala Usman, Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority, Nigeria

11:30

VIP tour of the exhibition

12:00

Networking lunch break

Session 1

Financing trade and transport infrastructure projects
Moderator: Senior representative, Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Togo*

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

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

Panellists:

  • Mdu Dlamini, Head: Financial Institutions and ex. SADC, Development Bank of Southern Africa, South Africa
  • Yewande Sadiku, CEO, Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission, Nigeria
  • Representative, African Development Bank (AfDB), Cote d’Ivoire
  • R.Yofi Grant, CEO, Ghana Investment Promotion Commission, Ghana*
  • Olusola Lawson, Investment Director, African Infrastructure Investment Managers (AIIM), Nigeria*

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

15:00

Presentation:  West Africa: Transnet’s 4.0 strategy
Petrus Fusi, CEO, Transnet International Holdings, South Africa

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:

  • Najeeb Mahmoud Abdussalam, CEO, Trust Synergy Infrastructure Limited (TSIL), Nigeria
  • Ifeoma Ezedinma, Director of Regulatory Services, Nigerian Shippers Council, Nigeria
  • Tajudeen Olanrewaju, Associate, Ayo Olanrewaju and Co, Nigeria

17:00

Networking cocktail reception on the exhibition floor

Tuesday 23 July 2019

Session 3

Mandatory maintenance 

09:30

Panel discussion: Unpacking an efficient, proactive rail maintenance strategy and cost-effective development

  • Future-proofing ageing infrastructure
  • Rehabilitate vs new
  • Upgrading systems versus entire units
  • Job creation and localisation
  • Identifying and partnering with the right suppliers
  • Projects underway

10:30

Networking / coffee break

Session 4
West African rail spotlight session

 

 

 

 

Presentations: A series of updates from rail authorities around West Africa providing insight into both maintenance and 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

11:15

Ghana: Reviving the rail sector
Richard Dombo, CEO, Ghana Railway Development Corporation, Ghana 

11:30 

Nigeria: Standard Gauge concession project
Engr Fidet Okhiria, Director General, Nigerian Railways Corporation, Nigeria 

11:45

Senegal: Dakar-Bamako Railway Project
Senior representatives, Transrail, Senegal*

12:00

Networking / lunch break

Session 5
West Africa ports spotlight session

 

 

 

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 from West African ports authorities

13:15

Nigeria: Improving capacity of eastern ports
Hadiza Bala Usman, Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority, Nigeria

13:30

Ghana: Introducing a paperless system at the Port of Tema
Michael Luguje, Director General, Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority, Ghana

13:45

Liberia: Establishing effective port concessions
Honourable Bill Twehway, Managing Director, National Port Authority of Liberia, Liberia

14:00

Benin: Developing the Port of Cotonou
Nico Vertangen, Africa Director, Port of Antwerp, Belgium

14:15

Cote d’Ivoire: Building a major maritime hub
Tahirou Diarrassouba, Secretary General, Communaute Portuaire d’Abijan, Cote d’Ivoire*

14:30

Equatorial Guinea: Modernisation at the deepwater ports at Malabo and Bata
Alberto Ndong Lima, Director General, Ports Administration of Equatorial Guinea, Equatorial Guinea*

15:00

Closing networking / coffee