VIP Conference Day 1

08:50

Chair's opening remarks

08:59

Big Picture

09:00

Rail 2020 – better, faster and more innovative

  • The seamless movement of freight and passengers
  • Major game changers over the next few years
  • The impact of emerging technologies and data
  • Powering tomorrows trains and more
  • Managing capacity and meeting operational demand
 
Howard Smith
09:20

Mega trends affecting our rail future: Mega cities, passengers and sustainable transport

  •     Mobility in large cities – what can Africa learn from trend setters
  •     Meeting increasing passenger expectations
  •     Sustainability – linking transport and development
  •     Lessons from London’s £15bn Crossrail project 
Jack Van Der Merwe
09:40

Shaping the future of rail: The business model behind an efficient rail network

  •     Staying competitive in the wake of innovation 
  •     Smart rail and understanding what makes it smart 
  •     Managing the risks and practical challenges 
  •     Financing models and incentives 
  •     Opportunities for collaboration
Seth Bodnar
10:00

How railway operators are answering the call for reliable freight rail services

  • Leadership in the railway industry
  • Opportunities for incumbents and new entrants
  • Maintaining reliability standards and managing growing demand at the same time
  • Harnessing IT innovations to improve reliability and performance
  • Sustainable business models
  • How can technology be used to move the industry forward?
 
10:20

Speed networking

10:40

Morning refreshments, exhibition viewing and networking

11:19

FREIGHT RAIL

11:19

SIGNALING BEST PRACTISE

11:19

INFRASTRUCTURE FINANCE

11:19

INTERMODAL

Track 1
11:20

Raising freight capacity, reliability & performance

  • The right leadership with the right vision
  • Sustainable business models
  • Opportunities for incumbents and new entrants 
  • Maintaining reliability standards and managing growing demand at the same time
  • Harnessing IT innovations to improve reliability and performance
  • What can owners, operators and customers do to deliver growth?
 
Track 2
11:20

Critical contemplations for safe signalling

  • How to select the right system for your network
  • Innovations in signalling to enhance rail safety
  • What’s your “Plan B” during a breakdown?
  • How to quickly and efficiently restore operations
  • Keeping systems well maintained
 
Track 3
11:20

Emerging and innovative new ways to fund infrastructure

  • What will work in Africa? Who’s prepared to test it?
  • Overcoming the challenges and questions around funding a new project
  • The importance of engaging stakeholders at all levels
  • Privatization as a smart way to recycle capital
  • Value capture, user-pay, taxes and proximity value benefits
 
Track 4
11:20

Accelerating intermodal freight growth

  • Current changing freight patterns - opportunities and improvement areas
  • The importance of good freight connections
  • A lot relies on rail service improvement
  • Developing rail freight facilities at ports
  • Developing new strategic rail freight terminals
  • Trends and how growth can be encouraged from different sector perspectives
 
Track 1
11:40

A brilliant plan: Ambitions for future freight rail growth

  • The role of government – capacity and performance
  • Creating an attractive investment environment
  • Delivering capacity ahead of demand
  • Implementation and sustainability strategies
  • Thinking long term - effectively managing freight assets
 
Track 2
11:40

Deploying CBTC technologies in challenging environments

  • Automating operations: How far CBTC technology takes you?
  • The benefits when upgrading
  • Avoiding cost overruns
  • How to upgrade systems with minimal interruption to service
  • CBTC technology to improve maintenance and reliability of rail systems
  • Ensuring seamless integration with existing networks
 
SANJAY Kumar, Chief Engineer (Signal, KOLKATA METRO RAIL CORPORATION
Track 3
11:40

PPP’s – trends, opportunities and challenges

  • “No normal” is the new normal
  • Whom to partner with – competition for investment heats up
  • The challenges of financing large-scale PPP projects
  • Focusing on the larger benefit when structuring the deals
  • Overcoming cross-border contractual challenges
 
Track 4
11:40

Frenamies go bimodal: How this JV can improve freight efficiency

  • Can this road-rail offering truly delivery improved efficiency
  • A closer look at the costs and implications of this new approach
  • How to incorporate a bimodal strategy into your current plans 
  • Planning and execution
  • Meeting the marketing needs for an end-to-end solution
 
Track 1
12:00

Updating infrastructure and legacy networks

  • The practical challenges. How to overcome them
  • Integrating new freight car technology with existing systems
  • Integrating flexibility for future expansion and innovative upgrades
  • How to update networks and infrastructure with minimal service interruptions
  • Adding strategic rail freight terminals and why they are a must
 
Ulika Sinde, Head of Department:Rail, Benguela Railway
Track 2
12:00

Cyber secure your signalling and telecoms systems

  • Why do rail operators need cyber security?
  • The impact of digitalisation on cyber security
  • How to cyber secure your signalling and telecoms systems
 
Luis Delabarre, Cyber Security Expert, Thales
Track 3
12:00

Attracting private investment for rail infrastructure

  • What’s influencing the investment climate?
  • Identifying the expected ROI from each stakeholder
  • Understanding the requirements and perspective of both private investors and rail operators
  • What can the private sector bring to the table
 
Track 4
12:00

Establishing a reliable air-rail connection

  • Complementing your service portfolio with a new offering
  • How to ensure long-term sustainability of air-rail links
  • Overcoming challenges with legacy systems
  • Supporting the development of an intermodal regional network
  • Financing of air-rail projects
  • Socio-economic development imperatives for linking airports and city centres
  • Offering first mile-last mile solutions for any air-rail system
 
12:19

ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION SESSION

12:20

Big Data: The answer to your safety and efficiency woes

12:20

How to ensure a mutually beneficial PPP relationship

12:20

Technology and skills to modernise the African railway industry

12:20

The role of IT in operational performance and cost

Jean MAPOUTH, Rolling Stock Projects Director, Cameroon Railways
12:20

Track maintenance as a planning tools for the development of new railway systems

12:20

What it takes to build a seamless and free flowing intermodal terminal

12:20

Women in rail: Attracting more women to the rail sector

13:00

Lunch, networking and exhibition viewing

14:19

ROLLING STOCK

14:19

RAIL SYSTEMS AND COMMS

14:19

COUNTRY STORIES - EAST

14:19

CORRIDORS AND TRADE

Track 1
14:20

Integrating new rolling stock into existing infrastructure

  • Key considerations when integrating new rolling stock into your operations
  • Selecting the appropriate assets
  • Looking long term – costs, workshop modifications and maintenance planning
  • Managing the transition – what are the impacts on existing infrastructure
  • How to ensure operational integration
  • Challenges and strategies
 
Track 2
14:20

Managing systems integration on rail transit projects

  • Establishing a systematic systems integration process to meet time and budget constraints
  • Strategies for managing interface design and systems integration
  • Seamless communications between systems to ensure efficiency
  • Challenges and solutions
 
Track 3
14:20

The hottest projects in Ethio-Djibouti and what is being done to open the door for investment.

Solomon Eshetu, Director General, Ethio-Djibouti Railways
Track 4
14:20

Well-planned trade corridors – the key to African trade development

  • Setting common standards and developing common strategies
  • Catering to expanding domestic markets
  • How to minimise difficult trading conditions
  • Having the expertise to manage unpredictable delays
  • The crucial role of dialogue between customs officials and businesses
  • Ensuring infrastructure development contributes to trade maturity
 
Track 1
14:40

Modernising old rolling stock

  • The main challenges of upgrading
  • Modernising to meet the customers growing demands
  • Incorporating current technologies to upgrade old rolling stock
  • Accurate cost planning for physical modernisation
  • The importance of a long-term asset management strategy
  • Leaving room for future innovative upgrades
 
Track 2
14:40

Meeting rail needs: putting robust rail communications on track

  • What are the emerging technologies available
  • Navigating through complex systems to ensure reliable high-performance rail communications
  • Successfully integrating a train-to-ground communications system
  • How can operators get more out of their communications infrastructure?
  • Next gen communication systems
 
Track 4
14:40

Africa Rail and the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA)

  •     The CFTA-background, status & benefits
  •     Sustainable, user friendly trade networks 
  •     The Trade Facilitation Agreement and trade integration
  •     Trade related infrastructure 
  •     Africa Rail and its role supporting the CFTA
Track 1
15:00

Maintenance & engineering strategies to extend the lifespan of an ageing fleet

  • Planning and budgeting for maintenance costs
  • Using tech to maintain safety and reliability
  • How technology advancements are extending the lifespan of ageing fleet
  • Have an efficient maintenance schedule for rolling stock components
 
Track 2
15:00

Signalling and communication systems for freight rail: What’s changing?

  •     What are the needs
  •     Moving towards a tailored, complete signalling and communications system
  •     Dealing with harsh environments
  •     Minimizing  communication and signalling costs 
  •     Keeping the architecture open for future needs
Track 4
15:00

Regulation, customs and border management: Working within the framework

  • The impact of regulation on cross-border trade
  • Does regulation contribute to bottlenecks?
  • Responding to change: Having a nimble, flexible supply chain
  • A working team: the cargo owner, freight forwarder and customs
  • An intelligence-based customs strategy
 
15:19

OPERATIONAL EFFICIENCY

15:19

TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION

15:19

COUNTRY STORIES - EAST

15:19

COUNTRY STORIES - SOUTH

Track 1
15:20

Achieving operational efficiency: It’s not just about cutting costs

  • Achieving your objectives with the minimum amount of time, money and resources
  • Embracing technology – minimising the human factor and manual activity
  • Truly understanding your costs and baseline services before you cut
  • Improving quality and project speed at the same time
  • Effect a culture change – tools alone don’t do the trick
Track 2
15:20

How IoT technology is changing railway operations

  • Train and incident management made simpler
  • How IoT is enabling more effective maintenance
  • Does IOT have the potential to change the entire business model for rail operators?
  • IOT in legacy systems
  • How IoT can transform African railways
 
15:39

OPERATIONAL EFFICIENCY

15:39

TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION

15:39

INVESTMENT AND DEVELOPMENT

15:39

COUNTRY STORIES - SOUTH

Track 1
15:40

Top tips – using technology and maintenance strategies to drive efficiency in railways

  • Making the right technology choices
  • Minimising service disruptions due to maintenance works
  • Overcoming challenges of maintaining existing track and infrastructure
  • Tech as a safety enabler at all times
  • Using data to manage operations and avoid any long-term negative impact
Track 2
15:40

What can big data and analytics do for rail?

  • Using data driven decision making to drive efficiency
  • Predictive maintenance: integrating technology in trackside operations
  • Leveraging big data for the development of transport sustainability indicators
  • Improving customer experience, service delivery and operations
  • Complementing your rail team with a data science team
 
Track 3
15:40

What’s impacting infrastructure investment and how to come out on top?

  • Embracing innovative new ways to fund infrastructure
  • Knowing what project sponsors and equity providers are looking for
  • Technology and why it is rocketing up the infrastructure agenda
  • Competition for investments heats up
  • Asset management gets sophisticated – are you keeping up?
  • Long-term trends and their impact
 
Track 1
16:00

Train-borne systems to monitor infrastructure

  • Key constraints of monitoring infrastructure condition
  • Using existing train-borne systems to assist infrastructure
  • TrainTracer CFM and practical examples
  • Other train-borne monitoring systems in New Rolling stock
  • Long term benefits for operations and maintenance
 
Track 2
16:00

Smart and integrated freight transport

  • Intelligent and integrated systems for moving freight and passengers
  • Successfully introducing Machine-to-machine (M2M) technology into legacy systems
  • Mobile apps to address the customer’s needs
  • A seamless, more efficient, reliable service
  • Building smart infrastructure too (hubs and corridors)
 
Track 3
16:00

Attracting private investment to rail infrastructure projects

  • The role of rail authorities  - removing private partnerships barriers
  • What projects are the most obvious candidates for investment?
  • What are private investors looking for?
  • How to showcase projected ROI
  • How these projects can benefit from the knowledge transfer of investors
 
16:20

Afternoon refreshments, networking and exhibition viewing

16:59

RAIL DYNAMICS

Derek Thomas
17:00

Keynote panel discussion: Traditional thinking derailed: Finding alternative finance methods for African railways projects

  • Investor allocation and how this has changed
  • PPPs: promising, or a problematic partnership?
  • The capital gap and closing it with private investment
  • How railway operators can access debt and project finance
  • How to ensure delivery of expected returns
 
17:40

Chair's closing remarks and close of day one

last published: 26/May/17 09:46 GMT