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 12 AUGUST 2020

CONFERENCE PROGRAMME DAY 1

KEYNOTE: FORESIGHT AFRICA

10:00

Welcoming remarks – host port authority

10:15

Opening remarks – host rail authority

10:30

Ministerial keynote address

10:45

Panel discussion

How will existing transport infrastructure benefit from the Fourth Industrial Revolution – what are the top priorities from 2020 to 2030?

  • How much local content can be used during the rollout of new technology?
  • How will port, rail and road look under the 4IR?
  • What is getting in the way? How can it be overcome?
  • What are the cost implications for top priorities?
  • A closer look at actions for safety and efficiency

12:00

Visit the exhibition floor I lunch break

SESSION 2: NURTURING TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT

14:00

Case study: LNG in Mozambique will receive a US$15 billion investment – how will this impact the country’s transport infrastructure?

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 13 AUGUST 2020

CONFERENCE PROGRAMME DAY 2

07:30

Technology workshop and breakfast – artificial intelligence and its application to Africa’s transport infrastructure

SESSION 3: RAIL SPOTLIGHT – THE LEVEL OF READINESS

09:00

Solution-focused case study: 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

Country-focused case study: Upgrades boost Maputo’s cargo handling numbers

11:20

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

11:45

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?
  • Impact of gas in Mozambique

13:00

Networking | lunch break

SESSION 5: GATEWAY EXPANSIONS – INCREASING CAPACITY ON EXISTING CORRIDORS

14:00

Country-focused case study: Best practice for corridor management in Tanzania

14:20

Panel Discussion

Identifying best practice for corridor management – what needs to be done to improve corridor efficiency and the handling of cargo in the region?

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

15:30

End of conference