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Conference Day 1

Monday 22 July 2019

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

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

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

09:40

Inspirational keynote: The ability of Africans to transform Africa

Dr Seyi Oyesola, Co-inventor, Hospital in a Box, Nigeria

10:00

Ministerial address: Nigeria’s Vision 20:2020 – Review and prospects with one year to go

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 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:
Hon Rotimi Amaechi, Minister of Transportation, Federal Ministry of Transportation, Nigeria
Hon Kwaku Ofori Asiamah, Minister of Transport, Ministry of Transport, Ghana*
Hon Amadou Kone, Minister of Transport, Ministry of Transport, Cote d’Iviore*
Hon Samuel A.Wlue, Minister of Transport, Ministry of Transport, Liberia*
Hon Abdoulaye Daouda Diallo, Minister of Transport, Ministry of Infrastructure, Land Transport and Disenclavement, Senegal*
Hon Dammipi Noupokou, Minister of Transport, Ministry of Transport, Togo*

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

Presentation: Lesson learnt in PPP and concession models

Kayode Khalidson, Principal Partner, Infrastructure Delivery International, 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

Panellists:
Mdu Dlamini, Head: Financial Institutions and ex. SADC, Development Bank of Southern Africa, South Africa
Yewande Sadiku, CEO, Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission, Nigeria
Kayode Khalidson, Principal Partner, Infrastructure Delivery International, 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:

  • Petrus Fusi, CEO, Transnet International Holdings, South Africa
  • Hassan Bello, Executive Secretary and CEO, Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC), Nigeria
  • Tajudeen Olanrewaju, Associate, Ayo Olanrewaju and Co, 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

09:30

Case study: Best practice and planning for port resilience 
Senior representative, Freyssinet, France

09:45

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

Panellists:
Najeeb Mahmoud Abdussalam, CEO, Trust Synergy Infrastructure Limited (TSIL), Nigeria
Engr Abiodun Dabiri, Managing Director, LAMATA, Nigeria*
Senior representative, Freyssinet, France

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 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

Yaw Owusu, Deputy CEO, Ghana Railway Development Corporation, Ghana

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

Networking / lunch break

Session 5 : West Africa ports spotlight session

Moderator: Augustin Afrondji 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 from West African ports authorities Nigerian Shippers Council

13:15

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

Emmanuel Onwodi, Director Transportation and Infrastructure, Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC), Nigeria

13:30

Nigeria: Improving capacity of eastern ports

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

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

Ghana: Introducing a paperless system at the Port of Tema

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

15:00

Closing

 

PART OF THE GLOBAL SERIES OF TRANSPORT EVOLUTION FORUMS