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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

Keynote

Integrating and connecting West Africa ports and rail infrastructure
Chairman:  Eng Chidi Izuwah, Director General, Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission, Nigeria

09:30

Welcome
Eng Chidi Izuwah, Director General, Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission, Nigeria

09:45

Opening remarks
Honourable Minister of Transportation, Federal Ministry of Transportation, Nigeria*

10:00

Inspirational keynote: The ability of Africans to transform Africa

10:15

Panel 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 delivery-focused partnerships to deliver mega-regional infrastructure projects
  • Harmonise trade and investment in West Africa

Panellists:

  • Augstin Afrondji Tonan, Secretary General, Ports Management Association of West and Central Africa, Nigeria*
  • Petrus Fusi, CEO, Transnet International Holdings, South Africa
  • Eng Fidet Okhiria, Director General, Nigerian Railways Corporation, Nigeria
  • Hadiza Bala Usman, Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority, Nigeria*

11:30 VIP tour of the exhibition

12:30 Networking lunch break on the exhibition floor

Financing trade and transport infrastructure projects in West Africa

14:00

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

14:15

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 Region Deal Origination, Development Bank of Southern Africa, South Africa
  • Adeshina Ayodeji Emmanuel, Director Investment Promotion, Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission, Nigeria
  • Olusola Lawson, Investment Director, African Infrastructure Investment Managers (AIIM), Nigeria*
  • R.Yofi Grant, CEO, Ghana Investment Promotion Commission, Ghana*

Maintenance

15:30

Panel discussion: Maintenance

16:30 Networking cocktail reception on the exhibition floor

*= Invited speaker

Conference Day 2

Tuesday, 23 July 2019

West Africa ports spotlight session:

 

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

09:30

Nigeria: Improving capacity of eastern ports

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

09:45

 

Ghana: Introducing a paperless process at the Port of Tema

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

10:00

 

Liberia: Establishing effective port concessions

Honourable Bill Twehway, Managing Director, National Port Authority of Liberia, Liberia

10:15

 

Benin: Developing the Port of Cotonou
Nico Vertangen, Africa Director, Port of Antwerp, Belgium*

10:30

Cote d’Ivoire: Building a major maritime hub
Tahirou Diarrassouba, Secretary General, Communaute Portuaire d’Abijan, Cote d’Ivoire*

11:00  Networking coffee break

West African rail spotlight session

 

Presentations: 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, such as which projects are open and how they are funded, as well as specifics and estimated cost of a project

11:30

West Africa: Transnet’s 4.0 strategy

Petrus Fusi, CEO, Transnet International Holdings, South Africa

11:45

Ghana: Reviving the rail sector
Richard Dombo, CEO, Ghana Railway Development Corporation, Ghana*

12:00

Nigeria: Standard Gauge concession project
Eng Fidet Okhiria, Director General, Nigerian Railways Corporation, Nigeria

12:15

Cote d’Ivoire: Rehabilitating the Abijan-Ouagadougou rail network
Senior Representative, SITARAIL, Cote d’Ivoire*

13:00 Lunch on the exhibition floor

Digitalisation of West African ports and railways

Moderator: TBC

14:30

Presentation: Intermodality and future systems

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

14:45

Panel discussion: West African transport 4.0

  • 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:

  • Najeeb Mahmoud Abdussalam, CEO, Trust Synergy Infrastructure Limited (TSIL), Nigeria
  • Ifeoma Ezedinma, Director of Regulatory Services, Nigerian Shippers Council, Nigeria
  • Tajudeen Olanrewaju, Associate, Ayo Olanrewaju and Co, Nigeria
  • Dr Chinedum Onyemechi, Reader, Department of Maritime Management Technology, Federal University of Technology Owerri, Nigeria

16:00 Closing