VIP Conference Day 1

08:50

Organiser’s opening remarks

08:55

Chair's opening remarks

08:59

BIG PICTURE

09:00

Developing transport infrastructure for your economy and your citizens

  •     Preparing for megatrends influencing the way we live, work, travel and consume information
  •     Intelligent transport systems 
  •     The impact of urbanisation on infrastructure planning 
  •     Costs, resources and unique challenges 
  •     Are we developing fast enough?
09:20

Panel: East Africa rail master plan – How do we get there?

  •     The influence of global trends on East Africa’s master plan 
  •     Partnerships, boosting capacity and new builds 
  •     Where and how will Africa secure funding 
  •     Planning for the future – what growth can be expected? 
  •     Overcoming cross board challenges
  •     Adopting industry innovations MINISTERIAL PANEL TO BE INVITED BY RVR
10:00

Reserved for Title Sponsor

10:40

Morning refreshments and networking

11:19

FINANCE AND INVESTMENT

Essam Selim
11:20

How to secure investment with limited strings attached

  •     Exploring all financial options - fees, rates and terms 
  •     Partnering with the correct financier  
  •     Private debt, bond or bank capital – comparing the financial options 
  •     How has the landscape for infrastructure debt changed? 
Essam Selim, Chairman and Former MD, Egyptian Railways Maintenance & Servces
Ankala Saibaba
11:40

Innovative financing models

  •     Looking to alternatives to fund railway projects in Africa 
  •     Increasing importance of private financing for railway projects
  •     Financing models and instruments: what are the options?
  •     Lessons learnt from successful case studies 
Ankala Saibaba, Chief Engineer, Indian Railways
Atsushi SAKAI
12:00

The rising role of the private sector in the railway industry

  •     Analysing the changing role of private companies in funding rail projects
  •     What can the private sector bring to the table 
  •     Funding models, risk and operational efficiency 
  •     Lessons learnt from successful concessions 
Atsushi SAKAI, Deputy Director, Japan Railways Group
12:10

Mutually beneficial PPP structures for investors, operators and services

  •     What does as 21st century PPP structure look like? 
  •     Overcoming cross-border contractual challenges 
  •     Interpreting and using the latest global PPP performance data 
  •     Applying global best practice 
  •     The key drivers for rail PPP’s: Changing environment, costs and efficiency, private capital and quality and innovation 
12:20

Effective implementation of an extensive network upgrade plan

Solomon Eshetu, Director General, Ethio-Djibouti Railways
12:20

How technology helps safety and security

12:20

Improving cross border relationships

RESERVED FOR RVR
12:20

Quick response to accidents

Paul Kabaale, GM Safety, Rift Valley Railways
12:20

ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION SESSION

12:20

Upgrading your railway control system

Lovemore Bingandadi, Transport Advisor SADC, Tripartite COMESA, EAC and SADC
14:19

COUNTRY STORIES

14:20

Kenya: A closer look at the hottest projects and what is being done to open the door for investment

Featuring Kenya’s Megaprojects and the Kenya Vision 2030 – what can $50 billion do for transport infrastructure?

RESERVED FOR RVR
Bruno Ching'andu
14:40

Tanzania: A closer look at the hottest projects and what is being done to open the door for investment.

Featuring the planned $14 billion spend on a new railway network - the single biggest project ever to be implemented in Tanzania
Bruno Ching'andu, Managing Director, Tazara
Yehualashet Jemere
15:00

Ethiopia/Djibouti: A closer look at the hottest projects and what is being done to open the door for investment.

Featuring the 700km Ethiopia to Djibouti freight rail line.
 
Yehualashet Jemere, Railway Engineer and Project Execution Department Chief Officer, Ethiopian Railway Corporation
15:20

RESERVED FOR GOLD SPONSOR

15:29

REGIONAL INTEGRATION

15:30

Transport infrastructure to stimulate regional integration

  •     Accessible, reliable, safe
  •     Ensuring infrastructure development contributes to seamless connectivity
  •     Integrated networks.  Where are we?
  •     Identifying key essentials to attract and maintain private sector interest
15:50

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
  •     The crucial role of dialogue between customs officials and businesses
16:10

Fast tracking regional integration and development

  •     What is the funding framework
  •     Engaging all stake holders - promoting sustainable regional economic growth
  •     How can we make cross border connectivity seamless 
  •     Skills – acquisition, development and retention
  •     Policy and legislationRESERVED FOR TRANSNET ENGINEERING
16:30

Afternoon refreshments and networking

16:59

OPERATIONAL EFFICIENCY

SIlver Kasuku
17:00

Creating and operating an efficient freight rail corridor

  •     The drive to become a transit hub – what’s needed to link 11 countries 
  •     Building relationships – connecting landlocked countries 
  •     Looking into the financial aspect: reduction in transport costs and future investments
  •     Borrowing from global best practice and implementing in Africa 
SIlver Kasuku, Director General & CEO, LAPSSET
Ronah Serwadda
17:20

Creating a safe, modern and integrated railway

  •     Addressing the infrastructure, safety and interoperability of integrated networks 
  •     Using technology to create conditions which allow for uninterrupted service  
  •     Putting safety first and identifying weak points  
  •     The importance of independent regulatory bodies for eliminating biases 
Ronah Serwadda, Commissioner, Ministry of EAC Affairs
17:40

Chair's closing remarks and close of day one

last published: 23/Jun/17 09:15 GMT