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

Simultaneous conference translation in English and Portuguese will be provided

Será disponibilizada tradução simultânea da conferência em Inglês e Português

 

WEDNESDAY 13 MAY

CONFERENCE PROGRAMME DAY 1

KEYNOTE: FORESIGHT AFRICA

10:00

Welcoming remarks

Host port authority: Maputo Port Development Company

10:15

Opening remarks

Host rail authority: CFM

10:30

Ministerial keynote address

10:45

Panel discussion

A business guide to how the African Continental Free Trade Area agreement can fulfil its potential in the SADC region – what are the top priorities from 2020 to 2030?

  • Status of critical projects
  • What is getting in the way?
  • What are the new niches for the transport industry?
  • 4IR strategies and implementation plans to better facilitate trade
  • When will we reduce trade with China and increase intra-Africa trade
  • Role of railways and ports in intra-Africa trade

12:00

Visit the exhibition showcase and networking lunch break

SESSION 2: NURTURING TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT

14:00

Case study: Deep dive into SADC’s long-term infrastructure needs, strategy and issues

14:20

Panel discussion:

Balancing long-term needs and the economic advantages of investing in transport infrastructure against Short-term pressures. Identifying solutions, which include but are not limited to funding

  • Outlining short-term pressures and how are they derailing the strategy?
  • How will financing contribute to the realisation of the strategy?
  • What other steps need to be in place to meet long-term goals?

16:00

Networking reception

19:00

VIP dinner – by invitation only

THURSDAY 14 MAY

CONFERENCE PROGRAMME DAY 2

SESSION 3: RAIL SPOTLIGHT – THE LEVEL OF READINESS

09:00

Solution-focused case study: Mombasa-Nairobi Railway – best practice and lessons learnt for avoiding steps leading to project delays

09:20

Panel discussion:

Rail authorities discuss current infrastructure projects and identifying what is needed to overcome hurdles that stagger successful completion

  • Have solutions been identified?
  • Next steps to further development
  • Partnerships in place
  • Addressing the linearity problem of railway lines in Africa
  • Implementation of technology advancements
  • Relationship and upcoming projects with port authorities

10:30

Networking | refreshment break

SESSION 4: MOVING FORWARD FOR AFRICA’S PORTS

11:00

Presentation: Gas in Mozambique – the future of Port of Ngqura

11:20

Presentation: Behind every sea-port stands a continent of possibilities – the importance of dry ports in Africa

11:40

Panel discussion:

African ports and the challenges they must meet. What will it take to lessen the pressure on traditional ports in the SADC region?

  • Tackling PPP. Investigating an option for PPP for Durban’s new port
  • How can we ease current demands and over congestion?
  • A look at the shifts of port cargo to inland ports
  • The impact mega-ships have on traditional ports. How do we raise capital for deep-sea ports?
  • Update on masterplans, such as Tanga port (Tanzania’s proposed oil terminal)

11:45

Networking | refreshment break

SESSION 5: GATEWAY EXPANSIONS – INCREASING CAPACITY ON EXISTING CORRIDORS

14:00

Presentation: Identifying best practice for corridor management

11:40

Panel discussion:

Action planning – what needs to be done to improve corridor efficiency and the handling of cargo in the SADC region?

  • Considerations for the need of inland terminals – advantages and where geographically would they make a difference in the SAD region?
  • Strategies to reduce long cargo clearance times
  • Evaluating low-risk technology to drive core processes and operations

15:30

End of conference