VIP Conference Day 1

08:45

Organiser’s opening remarks

08:50

Chair's opening remarks

08:59

BIG PICTURE

Atanas. K Maina
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?
Atanas. K Maina, Managing Director, Kenya Railways
Paul Runge
09:30

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  
Moderator: Paul Runge, Chief Executive Officer, Africa House
Charles Kateeba, Managing Director, Uganda Railways
Richard Sendi, Head, Planning & Strategy, Ministry of Works, Transport & communication, Tanzania
Atanas. K Maina, Managing Director, Kenya Railways
Eng. Solomon Ouna, Technical Advisor on SGR, Kenya Railways
Dr Getachew Betru, Former CEO, Ethiopian Railway Corporation
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
Mwihaki Wachira
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 
Mwihaki Wachira, Head of Branding, Brand Kenya Board
Hannah Vowles
12:00

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 
Hannah Vowles, Head of International Trade, Department for International Trade
12:20

Effective implementation of an extensive network upgrade plan

Eng. Geoffrey Obara, Chief Civil Engineer, Uganda Railways
12:20

Energy systems to reduce rail energy consumption

Richard Sendi, Head, Planning & Strategy, Ministry of Works, Transport & communication, Tanzania
12:20

Improving cross border relationships

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Eng. Solomon Ouna, Technical Advisor on SGR, Kenya Railways
12:20

Maintenance Strategy for railway track System

Jean Nepo Ndayambaje, Railway Engineer, Rwanda Transport Development Agency
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

Michael Kisaka, Director Railway Regulation, Sumatra
14:19

COUNTRY STORIES

Eng. Solomon Ouna
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?

 
Eng. Solomon Ouna, Technical Advisor on SGR, Kenya Railways
Fuad Ab dallah
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
Fuad Ab dallah, Regional General Manager, Tazara
Dr Getachew Betru
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.
 
Dr Getachew Betru, Former CEO, Ethiopian Railway Corporation
15:29

REGIONAL INTEGRATION

Patrick Rusongoza
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
Patrick Rusongoza, Senior Presidential Advisor, Government Of Uganda
Wamuka Mwamuka
15:50

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
Wamuka Mwamuka, Regional Executive, Business Developer, Transnet
Howard Rosen
16:10

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
Howard Rosen, Chairman, Rail Working Group
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
Angela Ndambuki
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 
Angela Ndambuki, CEO, The Kenya National Chamber of Commerce & Industry
17:40

Chair's closing remarks and close of day one

last published: 28/Nov/17 08:55 GMT