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

Conference Day 1

Monday, 22 July 2019
TIMES
TOPICS

9:30

Session 1.0.1: Keynote session

 

9:30 Welcome address

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

09:45 Opening Address
The Honourable Rotimi Amaechi, Minister, Ministry of Transport, Nigeria*

10:20 Keynote address

The Honourable Akinwumi Ambode, Executive Governor, Lagos State Government, Nigeria*

10:45 Round table discussion: Delivering efficient, sustainable cross-border transport infrastructure

  • Facilitate ports-rail-corridor integration to increase intra-African trade up from the status quo of 20%
  • Develop proactive partnerships to deliver mega-regional infrastructure projects
  • Harmonise trade and investment in West Africa

Panelists:

  • Tonan Fatondji Augustin, Acting Secretary General, Ports Management Association of West and Central Africa, Nigeria*
  • Petrus Fusi, CEO, Transnet International Holdings, South Africa
  • Engr Chidi Izuwah, Director General, Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission, Nigeria
  • Dr. Gbenga Obideyi, Director of Trade, ECOWAS, Nigeria*
  • Engr Fidet Okhiria, Director General, Nigerian Railways Corporation, Nigeria
  • Hadiza Bala Usman, Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority, Nigeria

11:30

VIP tour of exhibition and networking break

12:30

Lunch on the exhibition floor

14:00

Session 1.0.2: Financing trade and transport infrastructure projects in West Africa

 

14:00 The role of DFI’s in enabling PPP’s consortiums in the roll-out of large infrastructure

Mdu Dlamini, Head: Financial Institutions and ex. SADC Region Deal Origination, Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA), South Africa

14:30 Round table 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

Panelists:

  • Adeshina Ayodeji Emmanuel, Director Investment Promotion, Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission, Nigeria
  • Olusola Lawson, Investment Director, African Infrastructure Investment Managers (AIIM), Nigeria
  • Mdu Dlamini, Head: Financial Institutions and ex. SADC Region Deal Origination, Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA), South Africa

16:00

End of sessions

16:15

Networking reception on the exhibition floor

*= Invited speaker

Conference Day 2

Tuesday, 23 July 2019
TIMES
TOPICS

9:30

Session 2.0.1: West African ports spotlight

 

A series of updates from ports authorities and terminal operators around West Africa providing insight into the following areas of maritime growth and development:

  • Integrating sustainable technology into development (single window integration, renewable energy options, emissions control in harbours, etc)
  • Incorporating beneficiation and industrial development zones in a complementary fashion in West Africa
  • Tender briefing updates from West African ports authorities

9:30 Nigeria spotlight: Improving capacity of eastern ports

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

9:50 Ghana spotlight: Tema port expansion project

Michael Luguje, Director General, Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority, Ghana

10:10 Guinea spotlight: Redefining effective port concessions

Toure Hawa Keita, Director General, Port Autonome de Conakry, Guinea*

10:30 Senegal spotlight: Developing the Port of Dakar

Kristof Waterschoot, Managing Director, Port of Antwerp, Belgium* 

10:50 Questions and answers with the audience

11:00

Networking break

11:30

Session 2.0.2: West African rail spotlight

 

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: What projects are open and how are they funded? Estimated cost of project and specifics of projects

11:30 Transnet’s 4.0 strategy for West Africa

Petrus Fusi, CEO, Transnet International Holdings, South Africa

12:00 Ghana spotlight: Reviving the rail sector

Richard Dombo, CEO, Ghana Railway Development Corporation, Ghana*

12:20 Nigeria spotlight: Standard Gauge concession project

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

12:40 Cote d’Ivoire spotlight: Rehabilitating the Abidjan-Ouagadougou rail network

Michel Roussin, CEO, SITARAIL, Cote d’Ivoire*

13:00

Lunch on the exhibition floor

14:30

Session 2.0.3: West African transport 4.0

 

14:30 Intermodality and future systems

Andrea Giurcin, CEO, Managing Director, CRIET – Transport, University of Milan, Italy*

14:50 Round table discussion: Digitalisation of West African ports and railways

  • Fast-tracking cargo clearance processes with single window solutions to reduce costs by up to 25%
  • Boosting cargo and passenger throughput by digitizing 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 LTE wireless networks

Panelists:

  • Andrea Giurcin, CEO, Managing Director, CRIET – Transport, University of Milan, Italy*
  • Tajudeen Olanrewaju, Associate, Ayo Olanrewaju & Co., Nigeria
  • Senior representative, Nigerian Institute of Transport Technology, Nigeria

16:00

End of programme

*= Invited speaker