VIP Conference Day 1

08:50

Chair's opening remarks

08:59

BIG PICTURE

10:20

Speed networking

10:40

Morning refreshments, exhibition viewing and networking

11:19

ROLLING STOCK

11:19

SIGNALLING AND COMMUNICATION

11:19

FUNDING AND FINANCE

11:19

INTERMODAL HUBS

BIG PICTURE RAIL
11:20

Predictive analytics to improve rolling stock maintenance

  • Using IoT to improve punctuality, reliability, and satisfaction
  • Identifying maintenance issues in real-time
  • Keeping costs in mind
RAIL TECH
11:20

How to overcome signal connectivity challenges in rural areas

  • Accessibility and connectivity
  • Rural coverage: Strategies for signal sustainability
  • Design simple, high error margin techniques with low maintenance plans
Nikhil Swami, Assistant General Manager, Telecommunications Consultants India A Govt. Of India Enterprise
FINANCE AND INVESTMENT
11:20

Overcoming funding challenges for new projects and project updates

  • Understanding and monitoring cost-determining factors
  • Be prepared for the unexpected
  • Investments and partnerships: the right partner
  • Have rigorous risk and contingency planning in place
Seison Reddy, Manager Infrastructure Finance – Transport, Logistics and ICT, Development Bank of Southern Africa
INTERMODAL
11:20

How to address the complexity of logistics and distribution in Africa?

  • Customs, tariffs and transit times
  • Using tech to deliver world-class efficiency
  • Leveraging international alliances and partnerships
BIG PICTURE RAIL
11:40

Pros and cons: deciding which system is most suitable for your rolling stock

  • Key objectives: efficiency, service and process
  • Delivering a long-term effective system
  • Combining traditional methods with new technology and better designs
RAIL TECH
11:40

Sustainable and optimum radio communication solutions for African transport infrastructures

  • Emerging technologies: radio networks for voice and data communication
  • How to successfully integrate new systems into an aging infrastructure
  • Cost vs benefit: what tech to invest in
Anass El Fourari, Project Director, Moroccan National Railways ONCF
FINANCE AND INVESTMENT
11:40

Is the 'new-era transportation infrastructure' ready for private investment?

  • Who is investing and what are they looking for?
  • Knowing the risk appetite of your investor
  • What are the relevant 'new-era infrastructure' subsectors for investors?
Oliver Andrews, Chief Executive Officer - Africa Infrastructure, Africa Finance Corporation
INTERMODAL
11:40

Strategic transport infrastructure – the importance of gateways and hubs

  • Integrating mobility networks for passengers and freight
  • Is the current gateway infrastructure adequate?
  • Creating opportunities that will benefit economic and trade growth
Jordan Zimba, Government Inspector of Railway, Ministry of Transport, Works, Supply and Communications
BIG PICTURE RAIL
12:00

Retrofitting aging rolling stock vs procuring brand new rolling stock

  • Refurbish, rebuild or replace?
  • Long-term rolling stock requirements: what to consider?
  • Overcoming standardization issues
Alfred Gunzo, Chief Engineer (Traction And Rolling Stock), National Railways of Zimbabwe
RAIL TECH
12:00

Selecting and integrating a signalling system

  • Key factors: improve safety, enhance reliability and facilitate cross border traffic
  • Managing costs for up-keep
  • Identifying the right software for the rail network
Fidet Okhiria, Managing Director, Nigerian Railway Corporation
FINANCE AND INVESTMENT
12:00

A fresh look at PPP's

  • What are private infrastructure investors looking for?
  • The financial role of the government in rail projects
  • How to highlight true ROI
Chidi Izuwah, Ag. Director General/CEO, The Presidency, Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission,
INTERMODAL
12:00

How to leverage regional logistics hubs to boost economic development

  • An enabler of trade – what’s the future potential?
  • Making your hub attractive to cargo owners
  • Identifying areas of ROI for investors
12:19

ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION SESSION

12:20

Boosting maintenance standards through data insights

12:20

Cost considerations to replace or refurbish rolling stock

12:20

Developing an agile change management system

12:20

Implementing and integrating new rolling stock systems

12:20

Investing in the right services that offer end-to-end efficiency for large end users

12:20

Is your project investable? Key tips from an institutional investor

Herman Husselmann, Senior Deal Maker, Industrial Development Corporation (IDC)
12:20

Railway Skills Mismatch and Tracer discussions: the dynamics between the labour demand and supply, the gaps of skills and expertise

Portia Nkuna, Chairperson for Rail Chamber, Teta - Rail Chamber
12:20

Smart data for smart trains

12:20

What’s holding back our sea trade success

13:00

Lunch, networking and exhibition viewing

14:19

INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT

14:19

INNOVATION IN ACTION

14:19

COUNTRY STORIES - EAST AFRICA

14:19

INFRASTRUCTURE CAPACITY

BIG PICTURE RAIL
14:20

Network development and track infrastructure

  • Building a sustainable network and infrastructure with tomorrows capacity needs in mind
  • Working with what you have and turning it into profit
  • Linking journeys to operations and value creation
Johny Smith, Chief Executive Officer, TransNamib
RAIL TECH
14:20

Key innovations in rolling stock design for best ROI

  • Designing rolling stock of the future with new materials and smart designs
  • Tech-driven disruption and growth opportunities
  • Changes in the demand and customer landscape
  • What are the global trends and where are we?
FINANCE AND INVESTMENT
14:20

The hottest projects in the pipeline in Kenya and what is being done to open the investment door

This presentation covers projects from the entire transport spectrum
Phillip Mainga, Ag. Managing Director, Kenya Railways Corporation
INTERMODAL
14:20

Capacity to grow: transport infrastructure needs for the future

  • A refined modeling framework: Assessing capacity needs
  • Infrastructure funding: does it matter where the money comes from?
  • Will the current infrastructure be enough?
Keitumetse Kau, Deputy Director Rail Planning, Department Of Transport
BIG PICTURE RAIL
14:40

Leveraging of rail to build cities, infrastructure and industrial hubs

  • Current capacity and future demand: spending money wisely
  • Economic growth through greater intra-continental trade
  • Leveraging partnerships: private and public working together
  • The role of the regulator
Richard Dombo, Chief Executive Officer, Ghana Railways Development Authority
RAIL TECH
14:40

How to develop the business case for introducing new technologies

  • Identifying the main opportunities for tech innovation
  • Introducing new tech with minimal interruption to efficiency and productivity
  • Funding: where will it come from?
FINANCE AND INVESTMENT
14:40

The hottest projects in the pipeline in Burundi and what is being done to open the investment door

This presentation covers projects from the entire transport spectrum
Salvator Nakumuryango, Assistant Minister, Ministry of Transport and Telecommunication
INTERMODAL
14:40

Funding and financing major gateway port and inland transport infrastructure

  • Meeting the challenge: Possibilities for gateway management, funding, finance and planning
  • Long-term opportunities and ROI
  • Getting private sector involvement
Bongani Mankewu, Executive Director, Infrastructure Research Development Centre
BIG PICTURE RAIL
15:00

Case study: How to overcome technical and logistic challenges in construction of the world’s tallest rail bridge

  • Model studies and 3D computer analysis
  • Sustainability, how viable is this?
  • Remote structural health monitoring
Ankala Saibaba, Chief Engineer In Indian Railways, Indian Railways
RAIL TECH
15:00

Maximising emerging technologies to meet greater demands on train control networks

  • Moving towards the Internet of Smart Trains: is this possible in Africa?
  • Identifying major downfalls in current systems, and integrating a new tech to rectify this
  • Reducing operation and maintenance costs in the long run
Timothy Zalanga, Senior Instructor, Nigeria Railway Corp
FINANCE AND INVESTMENT
15:00

The hottest projects in the pipeline in Uganda and what is being done to open the investment door

This presentation covers projects from the entire transport spectrum
Charles Kateeba, Managing Director, Uganda Railways
INTERMODAL
15:00

The impact of regulation on transport infrastructure capacity and service quality

  • Regulatory and institutional framework
  • Balancing expectations when it comes to infrastructure capacity regulation
  • Incorporating service quality management in the regulation
Mahiret Some, Director Of Economic Foresight And Legal Affairs, Ministry of Transports - Burkina Faso
15:19

OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE

15:19

COUNTRY STORIES - SOUTHERN AFRICA

15:19

CROSS BORDER CO-OPERATION

BIG PICTURE RAIL
15:20

Predictive maintenance: prevention is better than expensive cure

  • The role of big data and analytics: leveraging data-in-motion
  • How to minimise costly, unscheduled maintenance activities
  • Corrective, preventive and predictive maintenance
Zebby Mukungu, ag. Executive: Commercial and Marlketing, Transnamib Holdings Limited
RAIL TECH
15:20

The hottest projects in the pipeline in South Africa and what is being done to open the investment door.

This presentation covers projects from the entire transport spectrum
FINANCE AND INVESTMENT
15:20

The hottest projects in the pipeline in Rwanda and what is being done to open the investment door

This presentation covers projects from the entire transport spectrum
Jean Nepo Ndayambaje, Railway Systems Engineer, Rwanda Transport Development Agency
INTERMODAL
15:20

Connecting Africa: Using information technology to promote cross border co-operation

  • Identifying and integrating the right information technology systems
  • Key recipients and partners: using the right data
  • Enhancing regional and inclusive approaches
15:39

NEW BUSINESS MODELS

BIG PICTURE RAIL
15:40

Making the most of what you’ve got: building a unique asset maintenance framework

  • Improving decisions about the need for asset rehabilitation, repair, and replacement
  • Allowing life-cycle budgeting capabilities for analyzing “what if” scenarios
  • Meeting regulatory requirements
  • Improving and maintaining asset security
RAIL TECH
15:40

The hottest projects in the pipeline in Namibia and what is being done to open the investment door.

This presentation covers projects from the entire transport spectrum
James Sankwasa, Deputy Minister, Ministry Of Works & Transport
FINANCE AND INVESTMENT
15:40

Creating new finance business models to meet continuous infrastructure improvements

  • The next-generation infrastructure operating model: What is it and how do I build it?
  • From disrupted to disruptor: Reinventing your business by transforming the core
  • Transforming operations management for a digital world
Nabil Belabed, Director General, Casa Transport Sa
INTERMODAL
15:40

Think cross border trade: fast tracking intra-Africa trade

  • Strengthening the continental free trade area process: bridging the digital divide
  • Building a more efficient distribution network by improving port facilities
  • Regulation and policy
Roelof Van Tonder, Business Development, Africa House
BIG PICTURE RAIL
16:00

Driving efficiency with technology and maintenance

Bhekithemba Dlamini, Director Engineering, Swaziland Railway
RAIL TECH
16:00

The hottest projects in the pipeline in Botswana and what is being done to open the investment door.

This presentation covers projects from the entire transport spectrum
Leonard Makwinja, Chief Executive Officer, Botswana Railways
FINANCE AND INVESTMENT
16:00

Think creatively: new business models – encouraging shared investment and networks

  • Strategies for business model innovation
  • Implementing new strategies without disrupting your business
  • Innovating in activities: From efficient to intelligent
  • Why the current business models need to change
Samson Bhuza, Director of Operations, National Railways of Zimbabwe
INTERMODAL
16:00

How we can use blockchain tech to make cross-border co-operation a reality?

  • Using blockchain to cut down on costs and create a more efficient value chain
  • Improving quality and reliability in the transport sector
  • From AI and IoT to blockchain – is Africa ready?
Nerushka Bowan, Founder, LITT Institute
16:20

Afternoon refreshments, networking and exhibition viewing

16:59

FUNDING, FINANCE AND FREIGHT

17:00

Keynote panel discussion: Funding the future: smart financing to realise modern, complex transport infrastructure projects

  • Preparing for a new era of connected transformation: opportunities and challenges in modern financing strategies
  • Uncovering new revenue streams with modernised business models and disruptive partnerships
  • Securing urban and transportation reinvestment with fiscal policy, PPPs and performance-based revenue models
  • Looking ahead: how to increase the efficiency of domestic freight transport logistics
  • Exploring best practice and outperforming strategies
17:40

Chair's closing remarks and close of day one

17:40

Chair's closing remarks and close of day one

17:40

Chair's closing remarks and close of day one

last published: 12/Feb/19 14:15 GMT

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