THE CONFERENCE AGENDA

 

Johannesburg, 12 - 13 June 2018

Schedule

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Jun 1209:00
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Opportunities, trends and globalisation - How the railways transformed the world

Keynotes
  •     The rail vision 2050 – what it takes to plan and deliver long-term 
  •     Industrialisation, opportunity, demand and capacity development
  •     The influence of technology – changing how we travel, live and play  
  •     Collaboration and partnerships: promoting fast, diversified and economic growth
  •     Integrated transport, new mobility, and the necessary capital expenditure 
  •     Africa’s outlook and position globally  
Jun 1209:20
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Our rail future: The confluence of transport, technology and energy

Keynotes
  •     Same as always, right? No – enter the small, lean rail tech start-up’s 
  •     Shaping a strategic, long term plan – knowing the influences 
  •     Old trends return – diversifying your business model with long distance travel 
  •     The “Inconvenient truth” of climate change and what this means for rail infrastructure 
  •     Digitisation takes over – how Africa can take advantage 
  •     Capitalising on the buzz around new ways for rail to power itself  
Jun 1209:40
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New investment approaches: Getting more out of existing infrastructure

Keynotes
  •     The impact of underinvestment in rail infrastructure – what this means for the viability of new projects 
  •     How to use funding to unlock improved project performance, capacity and reliability
  •     It’s not just about the financial returns – the social and environmental impact 
  •     Alternative funding solutions and a closer look at asset recycling 
  •     Convergence in the investment market and how project funding models are changing  
Jun 1210:00
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Its big business, big tonnage: Catering to the increasing freight rail demand across Africa

Keynotes
  •     New structures and business models – encouraging shared investment and network planning 
  •     Tech all the way – how to enable infrastructure efficiency and decrease risk 
  •     Focussed leadership and strong policy direction – what this does for investor confidence 
  •     Incentivising behaviour to help better manage peak demand 
  •     Partnerships, government and the benefit of cross border infrastructure networks 
Jun 1211:20
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How freight rail can survive a competitive market

Track 1
  •     What can be done to accelerate innovation in rail freight?
  •     Competing with road – how to become an attractive alternative 
  •     Embracing technology to boost efficiency, punctuality and reliability 
  •     Focus areas and priorities over the next five years 
Jun 1211:20
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Panel discussion: Financing your project – going from conception to financial close

Track 3
  •     Peeking the interest of financial investors – what they look for 
  •     New structures available in today’s changing world 
  •     How to highlight true ROI  
  •     Experience, credibility, capacity 
  •     A closer look at Project Development Preparation Funds  
Jun 1211:20
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Implementing and managing an integrated centralized signalling control center

Track 2
  •     How to ensure co-operation among different interfacing partners 
  •     Finding the right provider – commission, install and test
  •     The impact of new tech on aging rolling stock 
  •     Nurturing a strong, skilled technical team to carry out the integration 
Jun 1211:20
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Creating competitive, integrated railway networks

Track 4
  •     Fostering dynamic relationships between stakeholders and government
  •     What are investors and financiers looking for?
  •     Affordable, convenient, reliable – striving for customer satisfaction 
  •     Using data to assess the demand for greater regional networks
Jun 1211:40
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How to boost profitability and efficiency with strategic rail freight terminals

Track 1
  •     Location, location, location and why
  •     Pricing, convenience and punctuality - How freight can increase its attractiveness 
  •     When efficiency is no longer enough: where to now? 
  •     Developing new solutions to meet the demands of more sophisticated consumers
  •     What more can be done?  
Jun 1211:40
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Best practice in successfully managing re-signalling projects

Track 2
  •     Migrating legacy systems to new systems
  •     How to upgrade systems with minimal disruption to service
  •     Maintaining high-performance systems and operations
  •     The signal sighting assessment process: plan, do, review
  •     Navigating operational challenges in re-signalling an automated line
Jun 1211:40
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Enhancing African trade through hinterland connectivity

Track 4
  •     How to deliver better connectivity at a local, regional and national level 
  •     Policy to drive down costs – how far are we?
  •     Managing individual operator needs and demands while balancing seamless connectivity
  •     Working with customs 
Jun 1212:00
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How to transition to a digitally enabled signalling system

Track 2
  •     The risk, challenges and benefits 
  •     Strategies for managing interface design and systems transitioning
  •     What are the emerging technologies available
  •     Overcoming the hurdles of existing infrastructure and the required upgrade to ensure a seamless transition
Jun 1212:00
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How can freight optimize funds to improve performance and reliability

Track 1
  •     Challenges and drivers 
  •     The influence of tech, data and analytics 
  •     Tracking freight and why 
  •     Putting customer expectations first 
  •     Successfully integrating intelligent systems into your network 
Jun 1212:00
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Debt servicing

Track 3
  •     Minimum levels of debt repayment 
  •     Government guarantees and the willingness to allocate them 
  •     Transparency and governance 
  •     Traffic expectations and how this impact the payback period and bankability 
  •     Innovative finance structure 
  •     Practical credit agreements 
Jun 1212:00
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The pursuit of interoperability and regional integration

Track 4
  •     Developing efficient, interoperable interregional railway systems
  •     Overcoming challenges of varying gauge widths, safety and signalling systems
  •     Encouraging regional cooperation: managing geopolitical ripples, rifts and relationships
  •     Standardisation for system interoperability
  •     Approaches for increasing railway capacity to support regional integration
Jun 1214:20
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How to deliver world class infrastructure and ensure project quality

Track 1
  •     Determine financial feasibility
  •     Avoid cost overruns and project delays
  •     Evaluating the effectiveness of existing strategies
  •     Empower with rigorous and ongoing training
  •     The role of the railway regulator
Jun 1214:20
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Digitisation, new entrants and the changing rail business model

Track 2
  •     Trends, opportunities, and challenges 
  •     Using intelligence to rediscover customer needs 
  •     How and why the current business model needs to change 
Jun 1214:20
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Panel: The need for policy and regulation to enable standardization across the continent

Track 4
  •     Balancing expectations when it comes to route regulation 
  •     Balancing regulatory challenges: Building true life partnerships 
  •     The T&C’s – Driving cross-border infrastructure projects
  •     Expanding fleets to meet government capacity targets and private sector profit requirements 
  •     Making friends: Developing the right working relationship with customs  
Jun 1214:40
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Harnessing private sector expertise: Allocating and spending money differently

Track 1
  •     Incorporating innovative private sector solutions to your operations
  •     Using lessons learnt when it comes to new sources of funding and ROI expectations 
  •     Working with what you have: turning a profit from dormant assets 
  •     Spending differently – refurbish or buy new 
Jun 1214:40
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Surviving and thriving in a digitized rail world – making the shift to predictive maintenance a priority

Track 2
  •     How to use digitization to make the move – going from preventative to predictive maintenance 
  •     Enhancing safety, improving reliability, reducing costs 
  •     Effectively using your data intelligence 
  •     The long-term benefits to railway infrastructure 
Jun 1215:00
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Building infrastructure with expansion in mind to meet tomorrow’s capacity needs

Track 1
  •     The unique challenges of bridges, tunnels, and stations
  •     Identify future capacity constraints
  •     Demand vs current capacity
  •     Funding and financial models for project success
  •     What training is needed and when 
Jun 1215:00
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Propelling the growth of rail services through digitization

Track 2
  •     Adopting intelligent rail systems to reduce costs and drive growth 
  •     How digitization supports the demands of the modern day rail customer 
  •     Strategies for managing system transfers 
  •     Ensuring cooperation from all stakeholders 
Jun 1215:00
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The hottest projects in the pipeline in Nigeria and what is being done to open the investment door.

Track 4
Jun 1215:20
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Increasing the competitiveness of rail freight through strategic and efficient operations

Track 1
  •     Making the right technology choices to maximize efficiency
  •     Minimising service disruptions due to maintenance works
  •     Partnerships and collaboration to drive efficiency
  •     Taking a strategic approach to new services and customer management
Jun 1215:20
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Overcoming the fear of modernisation in rail – changing mind-sets and behaviours

Track 2
  •     Utilising the benefits of modernisation to improve service delivery  
  •     Embracing change – what do the Operators think?
  •     Modernising through new builds 
  •     Partnering with global leaders – learning from the best 
Jun 1215:40
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Driving innovation in operations to improve service reliability

Track 1
  •     Transitioning from ‘assets’ to ‘smart assets’ 
  •     The potential of predictive maintenance
  •     Are you using your data analytics? 
  •     Empowering employees to embrace new technologies and boost internal uptake of innovations 
  •     Changing staff mindsets and behaviour – delivering world-class service in Africa  
Jun 1215:40
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Automation and its potential to enhance efficiency and drive down costs

Track 2
  •     Costs, risks, benefits – how to transition to automatic train operations 
  •     Automation as an enabler to commercial success 
  •     Partnerships and collaboration opportunities – taking operations to the next level 
  •     Exploring the safety enhancements 
Jun 1215:40
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Financing in complex markets and overcoming market risks

Track 3
  •     Developing a deep knowledge of the market and understanding local dynamics
  •     The pros and cons - Investor risk vs acceptable profits 
  •     Looking at the PPP model and other innovative financing approached 
  •     Investing like an entrepreneur, not a financier 
Jun 1215:40
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The hottest projects in the pipeline in Ghana and what is being done to open the investment door.

Track 4
Jun 1216:00
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How to implement smart practices in operational planning to ensure capacity improvements

Track 1
  •     Traffic modeling techniques and how this will improve operational planning
  •     Making your case for funding – tech as a necessary investment 
  •     Ensuring top-down buy-in for your implementation strategy 
  •     The right skills for sustainable capacity improvements and service – recruit, train, retain
Jun 1216:00
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Trains with brains – How AI can transform Africa’s railway industry

Track 2
  •     Taking intelligence and operations to the next level 
  •     Aligning AI and the Internet of trains – exploring the benefits 
  •     Incorporating AI into your growth strategy as a critical efficiency enabler 
  •     How quickly can this be incorporated into existing legacy systems 
Jun 1216:00
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How to showcase project bankability and unlock additional funds

Track 3
  •     Comparing project sustainability with financial models 
  •     Benefits and risks of an asset light model 
  •     How going digital can reduce operating costs and boost attractiveness 
  •     Designing a risk sharing model 
  •     The supporting role of government 
Jun 1217:00
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C-suite keynote panel discussion: Tomorrow’s capacity: How railway operators are answering the call for reliable railway services

Keynotes
  •     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? 

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Jun 1309:00
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The passenger rail vision – how to deliver world class transport

Keynotes
  •     Vision 2030, digitisation and beyond 
  •     Integrating new, disruptive technology into rail services 
  •     Smart everywhere – trains, stations, ticketing 
  •     It’s all about the customers: AI, optimal performance and customer experience 
  •     Benchmarking against the best
Jun 1309:20
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Toward long-term passenger rail in Africa – Opportunities and challenges

Keynotes
  •     Planning and investing to meet the changing transport demands of future generations 
  •     The need for private capital participation
  •     Taking tech seriously – delivering tailored, unique solutions for the continent 
  •     Delivering a seamless customer journey through the use of smart data
  •     Managing the risks and practical challenges 
  •     What does the passenger rail operator of the future look like? 
Jun 1309:40
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Mega trends affecting our rail future: Mega cities, passengers and transport

Keynotes
  •     Mobility in large cities – what can Africa learn from world trend setters
  •     The influence of smart phones and Apps
  •     How to transition to newer sustainable offerings
  •     Creating an attractive railway system for all users
  •     Ensuring increased profit margins in a time of increased CAPEX and OPEX
Jun 1311:20
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Boosting performance: Data and analytics to help drive the ideal maintenance plan

Track 2
  •     Putting big data to work – increasing the life expectancy of rolling stock 
  •     Key timelines and avoiding service disruptions 
  •     Overcoming the barriers to effective use of predictive maintenance 
  •     How to ensure cooperation among different partners 
Jun 1311:20
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How data can be used to streamline your maintenance plan

Track 1
  •     The proof is in the numbers – using your data to highlight project viability 
  •     Why data is vital to managing and comparing the costs
  •     Operational efficiency, reliability and contingency plans 
  •     Lessons learnt from global best practice  
Jun 1311:20
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The changing face of passenger rail: going from a mass mover system to rapid rail

Track 3
  •     Putting the passenger at the heart of infrastructure planning
  •     Design and planning of rapid rail networks in overpopulated cities 
  •     Avoiding the drive: the importance of station location to encourage use 
  •     Utilising tech to ensure a smooth change over 
Jun 1311:40
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Using data, analytics and numbers to ensure a smooth transition from mechanical to electrical fleets

Track 2
  •     Using data to your advantage 
  •     The right partners, timing and decisions 
  •     Taking an analytical approach to the plan 
  •     Sourcing the right skill set for the job  
Jun 1311:40
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Greenfield projects: Facilitating the shift to consistent, smart maintenance

Track 1
  •     Building a unique asset management framework from the start 
  •     Working with predictive maintenance from the start 
  •     Reducing lifecycle costs and boosting reliability 
  •     Using your maintenance plan to build investor confidence in ROI 
Jun 1311:40
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Overcoming frontier challenges in a cross border freight corridor

Track 4
  •     Simplifying cross border trade, reliability, efficiency and making it cost effective
  •     Easing cross border trade by reducing tariffs and trade barriers
  •     Technological breakthroughs in African traffic and corridor management
  •     Convincing business giants to invest in Africa
Jun 1312:00
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IoT in rail – a data revolution for operators

Track 2
  •     Using your data as a true crystal ball to predict and prevent delays 
  •     Perfect forecasting when it comes to delays and customer engagement 
  •     True intelligence to drive situational, operational and asset performance  
Jun 1312:00
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Making the most of what you’ve got – building a unique asset maintenance framework

Track 1
  •     The benefits of incorporating predictive maintenance into your maintenance plan 
  •     Using tech to extending the asset lifecycle and drive efficiency
  •     Track maintenance and minimizing operational disruptions at the same time 
  •     How to mitigate track degradation on legacy tracks 
Jun 1312:00
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Boosting trade: Improving port-rail connectivity infrastructure

Track 4
  •     Prioritising seamless connectivity at intermodal hubs
  •     Spending in the right places: A focus on optimising performance and reliability 
Jun 1312:20
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High speed innovation to delight commuters

Track 3
  •     Africa’s high speed rail ambitions – high speed for long distance travel 
  •     Project collaboration opportunities 
  •     Viability, financing, risks and ROI
  •     Learning from the best: how to overcome key project challenges 
Jun 1314:20
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What will power Africa’s trains of tomorrow?

Track 2
  •     A closer look at alternative fuels 
  •     Assessing the feasibility of renewable energy solutions 
  •     Why we need to change
  •     Overcoming challenges and implementation concerns 
Jun 1314:20
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Navigating the operational risks and implications of introducing new tech

Track 3
  •     How to ensure uninterrupted service 
  •     What to do during construction and testing periods 
  •     Taking the time to upskill staff to ensure consistent maintenance 
  •     How to resolve system instabilities  
Jun 1314:20
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Women in rail – removing barriers

Track 4
  •     Changing mind sets – developing women for the top, influential roles 
  •     Promoting participation in all elements of the rail value chain – from corporate to policy making 
  •     Incorporating leadership development and training from grassroots level 
  •     Rail, gender and development – what are the linkages?
Jun 1314:40
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Changing how we power railways: What does this mean for your bottom line

Track 2
  •     Save, save, save - alternative energy options 
  •     Costs and implications of hybrid rail systems  
  •     How and why you should reuse recovered energy 
  •     Using technology to your advantage: sensors, controllers and intelligent analytics 
  •     Implementing energy saving initiatives to reduce consumption and spend 
Jun 1314:40
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Delivering a seamless customer experience in the age of smart rail technology

Track 3
  •     Innovating product, solution and service to inspire public transport use 
  •     Engaging the commuter with what they want 
  •     Mobile all the way! 
  •     Leveraging social media as an asset 
  •     Real time technology, real time data, real time passenger information  
Jun 1314:40
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Skills and knowledge: Governments role in providing learning, training and experience

Track 4
  •     Funding and financial assistance for women entrepreneurs
  •     Policies, programs and initiatives
  •     Moving away from traditional models
  •     Thinking long term: Creating learning programs that are tied to learner experience and business strategy 
Jun 1315:00
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The hottest projects in the pipeline in Zimbabwe and what is being done to open the investment door.

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Jun 1315:00
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Innovative energy efficiency solutions for operating rail assets

Track 2
  •     The costs: Is this feasible for Africa right now?
  •     True energy innovations: Reusing recovered energy and efficient use of materials and resources  
  •     Assessing methods of recycling and using waste in rail 
  •     Tackling the challenge of rising energy prices and finding alternatives 
Jun 1315:20
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Passenger trains aren’t just for cities: Rail for rural areas

Track 3
  •     Planning and feasibility and demand 
  •     Projects at scale: Managing large scale land acquisition 
  •     Making the right technology choices to maximize efficiency 
  •     Costs and ROI 
  •     Partnerships and opportunities  
Jun 1315:20
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The hottest projects in the pipeline in Tunisia and what is being done to open the investment door.

Track 4
Jun 1315:40
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Safety during upgrades: Thinking about the contractor and the passenger

Track 1
  •     Learning from past experiences 
  •     Managing system instabilities 
Jun 1315:40
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Implementing information security in railway communication systems

Track 2
  •     The unique challenges that rail operators face in relation to cyber security
  •     How can we protect systems from attacks across different silos?
  •     Understanding the continued difficulties in an increasingly digitalised network 
Jun 1315:40
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The hottest projects in the pipeline in Chad and what is being done to open the investment door.

Track 4
Jun 1316:00
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Preventing accidents and derailments

Track 1
  •     Collaboration opportunities 
  •     Investing in early warning systems 
  •     The importance of a safety culture across the board 
  •     Upgrading and modernizing technology 
  •     Community engagement in an emergency: Managing stakeholders and the commuter
Jun 1316:00
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Derailing cyber threats - How to keep your security one step ahead

Track 2
  •     Keeping security streamlined and accessible to users 
  •     Including cyber security as part of your railway strategic plan 
  •     Implementing solutions and upgrades with minimal impact on operations 
  •     Tailoring unique security protocols for the rail industry 
  •     Global standard, local implementation 
Jun 1316:00
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Rehabilitate or retrofit. That is the question!

Track 3
  •     The cost comparison and taking the most cost efficient route
  •     Using data to predict equipment failures
  •     How to ensure your asset management strategy saves you time and money 
  •     Smart practices, smart tech: Examining the benefits  
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