Accelerating Economic Growth to Come Under the Spotlight

Accelerating Economic Growth to Come Under the Spotlight at African Ports and Rail Evolution Forum

All aboard for the eighth annual African Ports and Rail Evolution Forum – a two-day trade exhibition and conference taking place on Tuesday the 15th and Wednesday the 16th of October 2019 at the Durban International Convention Centre in Durban, South Africa.

Attendees will gain access to more than 80 exhibitors displaying the latest products, services and technologies across seven dedicated product zones – Ports Infrastructure and Expansion; Port Operations; Security and Information Technology; Rolling Stock and Locomotives; Rail Infrastructure Maintenance; Maritime; and Logistics. Visiting ports and rail professionals can also get to grips with the freshest industry developments and upskill themselves via over 15 free-to-attend workshops.

A highlight of this must-attend event for the entire African port and rail value chain is always the conference, which will be opened by Nozipho Mdawe, Acting CEO of Transnet National Ports Authority. In addition, there will be in excess of 30 scintillating speakers from around the globe including Aadil Cajee, Executive Head of Infrastructure, Corporate and Investment Banking at Standard Bank; Benjamin Acolatse the Deputy CEO of Ghana Railway Development Authority; and Ousman Jobarteh, Managing Director of the Port Authority of Gambia, amongst others.

Under this year’s theme of Accelerating Economic Growth in Africa through Cross-border Collaboration and Investment, delegates will discover Africa’s trade potential and the wealth of new investment and partnership opportunities arising from the Africa Continental Free Trade Area Agreement, as well as other open border initiatives. They will also be privy to forecasts for Africa’s transport infrastructure and find out which infrastructure projects are currently open around the continent, where assistance is needed and how to become a leading partner in the development of Africa’s multibillion-dollar transport industry. Plus, they will hear from Africa’s global counterparts on best practice.

The African Ports and Rail Evolution Forum is unique in that it offers attendees access to four co-located events – all under one roof and at one price. Among these is Drone Con, taking place on the 15th and 16th of October, where they can learn more about the technology that is disrupting business across all industries, including mining, agriculture, security, telecommunications, emergency response, wildlife protection, search and rescue and more. Drone Con is one of Africa’s largest drone conferences, with a keen focus on African solutions for commercial drone industries and offers delegates a diversity of relevant exhibitions.

Another collocated event is KZN Export Week, from the 14th to the 18th of October. KZN Export Week is an annual programme of Trade & Investment KwaZulu-Natal (TIKZN) developed to recognise, promote and assist with growing KwaZulu-Natal’s export businesses along with industries throughout Africa and globally.

Excellence will be awarded at the Women in Transport Awards on the 15th of October and at the Exporter of the Year Awards on the 17th of October. The Women in Transport Awards provides a much-needed platform to recognise, reward and celebrate the successful women who are transforming the transport sector. The Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry will host the KZN Exporter of the Year Awards where small, medium and large exporters from a variety of sectors will be acknowledged for their contribution to industry.

Over and above these, select delegates will have the opportunity to explore and experience the bustling tourism hub that is Durban during site visits to the Port of Durban, Dube TradePort Special Economic Zone and several tourism hotspots.

Hosted by the eThekwini Municipality and Ministry of Transport, in partnership with Transnet National Ports Authority and Transnet Freight Rail, the African Ports and Rail Evolution Forum forms part of the Transport Evolution Event Series which will see similar events taking place in Qatar, Mozambique and Nigeria in the coming months.

“This event is key as mobility and transport connectivity systems are the backbone for regional and global trade as well as for economic regeneration and employment creation in South Africa,” says Nomalanga Sokhela, eThekwini Municipality Programme Manager: Maritime Industry Development.

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