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CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS DAY 1, 22 JULY

SESSION 1
KEYNOTE: ECONOMIC RECOVERY: INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE
Minister

Honourable Janfar Abdulai,
Ministry of Transport and Communications, Mozambique

Osorio

Osorio Lucas,
Chief Executive Officer,

Maputo Port Development Company,
Mozambique

Miguel

Miguel Matabel,
Chairman of the Board of Directors,
CFM, Mozambique

Andrew

Chairman:
Andrew Waller,
CEO, Grindrod
Limited,
South Africa

Ed


Ed Stumpf,
Investment Director, AIIM,
South Africa

Orville


Orville Cachia,
Senior Investment Director,

Harith, South Africa

Humprey


Humphrey Nwugo, Regional Chief Operating

Officer, Afrexim Bank, Southern Africa

Delegates were welcomed to the 2nd annual Transport Evolution Mozambique Forum and Showcase by our hosts, Mr Osorio Lucas from Maputo Port Development Company, and Mr Miguel Matabel from CFM. The Honourable Minister Janfar Abdulai, Minister of Transport and Communications, Mozambique delivered a keynote address and we thank the Minister for his support and encouragement for the event.

The opening panel discussion led by Andrew Waller, CEO, Grindrod highlighted that though Africa is seeing a recession triggered by COVID19, it has been a catalyst for changes to the transport landscape. Even in this trying time, while some deals were halted, many did go ahead, and it proves that the appetite to improve transport infrastructure and systems is high on the government agendas.

The African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement will also have an impact in shaping the transport sector and will help drive down tariffs, build robust trade economy and increase the appetite for infrastructure investment. Further discussion on how governments fill the revenue gap while implementing the AfCFTA will need to take place and will be discussed at the upcoming Transport Evolution Africa in November 2021.

Conclusions suggested that the public sector are now moving seriously to encourage private sector participation within the industry and has highlighted the sector as an essential service which is encouraging for infrastructure investment, improved innovation and sustainable developments within the African transport network.

SESSION 2
BUILDING TRANSPORT NETWORKS TO SUPPORT SOUTHERN AFRICAN TRADE
Edson

Chairman:
Edson Chichongue,
Executive Director,
ACIS – Associação de Comércio,
Indústria e Serviços, Mozambique

Edney


Edney Viera,
Chief Marketing Officer,

Nacala Logistics, Mozambique

Prof Andrea


Prof. Andrea Giuricin,
Chief Executive
Officer, TRA Consulting, Italy

Joao


João Mabombo,
Infrastructure, Specialist,
AFDB (African Development Bank),
Mozambique

Juergen


Jurgen Maier,
Owner & Advisor, Mobility

Advisors,
Switzerland

Johnny smith


Johny Smith,
Chief Executive Officer,
Transnamib, Namibia

This panel discussion highlighted many areas that need to be addressed in order to build a robust and successful transport system for Southern and Eastern Africa. Many of the railway and corridors representatives shared their experiences, plans and challenges with the development of sustainable transport corridors.

Highlights included the need to harmonize the region through regulations and standards, to ensure the basic external areas for rail are in place before extension and investment. That under the new African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement there should be a committee concentrating on transport. Overall, the sentiment was that it is not necessary to invest in complex and expensive technical solutions but focus on sustainable and reliable solutions.

CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS DAY 2, 23 JULY

SESSION 3
SOUTHERN & EASTERN RAIL SPOTLIGHT – PLANS, CHALLENGES AND FUTURE
EXPANSION NEEDED
Lourenco Sambo

Chairman:
Dr. Lourenço Sambo,
Chief
Executive Officer,
APIEX, Mozambique

Miguel


Miguel Matabel,

Chairman of the Board of Directors, CFM, Mozambique

Mashudu Makatu


Mashudu Makatu,
Managing Executive,
Transnet Freight Rail, Transnet,
South Africa

Amilicar Monterio


Amílcar Monteiro,
Managing Director, Infrastructures de Portugal Group, Portugal

Christopher Musonda


Christopher Musonda,
Chief Executive
Officer, Zambia Railways Limited, Zambia

Johny smith 2


Johny Smith,
Chief Executive Officer,
Transnamib, Namibia

Day two was kicked off by a presentation by Miguel Matabel, Chairman of the Board of Directors.

Mr Matabel took attendees through the status of the main port and railway infrastructure development projects following the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Following the presentation, the floor was opened to our panel of rail experts. This session looked at the progress of the regions rail systems, new plans, some of the challenges and how rail networks need to join in order to make them lucrative.

Examples from Tanzania suggested that private sector management of railway systems are working and should look at further implementation across the region.

SESSION 4
SADC AFRICA’S PORT PLANS AND UPGRADES TO BOOST ECONOMIES
Graham Walker - Copy

Chairman:
Graham Walker,
Marketing
Executive Naval and Maritime Systems,
SAAB

Osorio


Osorio Lucas,
Chief Executive Officer,
Maputo Port Development Company,
Mozambique

Henri dupuis - Copy


Henri Dupuis,
Chief Operations Officer of
Port Reunion, Port Reunion

fiona mbandi - Copy


Fiona Mbandi,
Change Management,

Kenya Ports Authority, Womesa, Kenya

andrew pike - Copy


Andrew Pike,
Head of Ports, Transport and Logistics, Bowmans, South Africa

Our ports spotlight session commenced with a presentation by Osorio Lucas, CEO of the Maputo Port Development
Company and also host port authority of Transport Evolution Mozambique.

Mr Lucas’s presentation covered the upgrades undertaken at the Port of Maputo to boost the region’s cargo handling
numbers and shared the progress the port has made over the years to improve operational efficiencies. MPDC’s key pillars
for development included:

  1. Infrastructure taking into account dredging, roads, rail, berths, slabs and warehousing terminal expansion
  2. Technology
  3. Human Capital (Port Training Centre)

Mr Lucas touched on the New Port Masterplan and announced that the rollout of the masterplan will be taking place soon and is aimed to see volumes on average on 50 million tons going forward.

The panel discussion highlighted expansion plans of some of the SADC ports and how regional integration would be a
benefit to the region. A good example of how the regional integration of the Indian Ocean Islands work together to raise
capital for expansion plans on an integrated visionary plan around cruise ships.

Discussions highlighted the need for further robust corridors as well as a better balance of rail and road as well as 24 hours
border trading is needed in order to improve supply chain logistic efficiencies.

SESSION 5
IMPROVING EFFICIENCY: ROAD AND CORRIDOR DEVELOPMENT IN SADC

Denise Cortes

Chairwoman:
Denise Cortês-Keyzer,
CEO,

DCK Africa, Mozambique

Mari Pennanen


Mari Pennanen,
Chief Business Development Officer, African Ports and Corridors Holdings (APCH), Tanzania

Gilbert


Gilbert Boois,
Acting Chief Executive Officer, Walvis Bay Corridor Group, Namibia

Richard Humpreys


Richard Humphreys,
Global Lead –
Transport Connectivity and Regional
Integration, World Bank, USA

Juegen 2


Jurgen Maier, Owner & Advisor, Mobility
Advisors, Switzerland

The final session of the Forum was led by Mari Pennanen, Chief Business Development Officer, African Ports and Corridors Holdings who presented a case study on the rehabilitation of the inland terminal in Kapiri Mposhi, Zambia.

The panel discussion followed, where our experts spoke about the harmonization of the region’s corridors and the need for more hinterland terminals but that it needs to be a regional strategic discussion and plan.

The main priorities in order to create efficient SADC networks are:

  • The need for further investment into marine structures in the ports
  • To improve efficiencies in the region’s ports
  • To drive costs down on the logistics chain
  • To invest in more hinterland terminals and rail
  • To have the political follow through on trade agreements and trade border policy implementation