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Transport infrastructure key to Africa's growth
Monday, 12 July 2010 10:57

The key issues involved in the development of Africa's transport infrastructure as a major factor in the continent's economic growth will be identified for discussion and action  at the second annual NEPAD Transport and Infrastructure Summit 2010 and Africa Expo  on 13-15 October at the Gallagher international  convention centre in Midrand, north of  Johannesburg. Other infrastructure sectors will also be under the spotlight, including energy, water and ICT.

 

"The need for economic growth to match Africa's population growth is putting pressure on all forms of commercial transport, on roads, railways, air and on the sea ports," said summit director Tanitha Jolly.

 

The summit, which is endorsed by the African Union, is a major effort to prioritise and promote infrastructure development across the continent against the backdrop of a recently published World Bank report which blames poor infrastructure for inefficiencies and wastage costing Africa billions of dollars a year.

 

Government leaders, policymakers and experts from Africa and overseas will come together with top executives from the private sector, industry decision-makers, investment bankers and other stakeholders  to discuss the continent's most pressing infrastructure needs.

 

"Road and rail construction in the cross-border trade corridors as well as operation and ongoing maintenance are of major concern for the representatives of the regional economic communities," said Jolly. "And the development of facilities at the main harbours affect everybody.

 

"The need for investment and the opportunities for investment are enormous and will be carefully scrutinised at the summit by executives from the donor agencies and investment banks ," she said.

 

Presentations on possible solutions to immediate and long-term infrastructure needs will be made by international experts, leading the way for discussions at sector-specific parallel sessions where delegates can debate and seek consensus, exchange ideas and experiences.


The summit will also include the NEPAD Transport Infrastructure Projects of Excellence Awards 2010 where projects are recognised and honoured for their contribution to the future of the  continent in line with the objectives of NEPAD and the African Union.

 

Delegates at the summit regard it as a "must" to visit the showcase Africa Transport, Trade and Infrastructure Exhibition (ATTIEX), where Africa's latest technologies, products and services are all on display.

 

A special business networking service for delegates, Meetings Direct, which was introduced with great success at the 2009 summit will be available once again.  Meetings Direct sets up one-on-one meetings for delegates with similar business interests,enabling them to start immediate discussions without the usual effort of conference networking.


 

 
Water issues high on agenda of NEPAD Infrastructure Summit
Monday, 12 July 2010 10:56

The wide range of issues involved in the development, management and protection of Africa's water resources together with other development sectors -- transport, energy and ICT -- will on the agenda at the second annual NEPAD Transport and Infrastructure Summit 2010 and Africa Expo to be held on 13-15 October at the Gallagher international  convention centre in Midrand, north of  Johannesburg.

 

The summit, which is endorsed by the African Union, is a major effort to prioritise and promote infrastructure development across the continent against the backdrop of a recently published World Bank report which blames poor infrastructure for inefficiencies and wastage costing Africa billions of dollars a year.

 

Government leaders, policymakers and experts from Africa and overseas will come together with top executives from the private sector, industry decision-makers, investment bankers and other stakeholders  to discuss the continent's most urgent infrastructure development issues.

 

The crucial role of water in these issues will be the focus of presentations by international experts who will not           only be covering the immediate challenges but will also be raising the continent's long-term needs.

 

A sector-specific parallel session will provide the opportunity for delegates to discuss the issues and exchange ideas and experiences in the search for consensus and solutions.

 

Among the areas to be covered are: clean water and sanitation; water for industry and agriculture; national policies and strategies; finance and investment; and regional cooperation and integration.
        

The summit will also include the NEPAD Transport Infrastructure Projects of Excellence Awards 2010 where projects are recognised and honoured for their contribution to the future of the  continent in line with the objectives of NEPAD and the African Union.

Delegates at the summit regard it as a "must" to visit the adjacent showcase Africa Transport, Trade and Infrastructure Exhibition (ATTIEX), where Africa's latest technologies, products and services are all on display.

 

 
Africa's energy needs under the spotlight at NEPAD Infrastructure Summit
Monday, 12 July 2010 10:54

Africa's energy needs under the spotlight at NEPAD Infrastructure Summit

 

Energy demand and poor energy infrastructure which make Africa ripe for expansion and development will be under the spotlight when urgent African infrastructure issues in key  development sectors -- the others are transport, water and ICT -- are discussed at the second annual NEPAD Transport and Infrastructure Summit 2010 and Africa Expo  
on 13-15 October at the Gallagher international  convention centre in Midrand, north of  Johannesburg.

 

The summit, which is endorsed by the African Union, is a major effort to prioritise and promote infrastructure development across the continent against the backdrop of a recently published World Bank report which blames poor infrastructure for inefficiencies and wastage costing Africa billions of dollars a year.

 

Government leaders, policymakers and experts from Africa and overseas will come together with top executives from the private sector, industry decision-makers, investment bankers and other stakeholders  to discuss the continent's most pressing infrastructure needs.


Keeping up with the ever-increasing demand for power in all parts of Africa, generation and  distribution, the looming problems of climate change and the drive for alternative sources of energy will all feature in the discussions.


Presentations on possible solutions to the immediate and long- term needs will be made by international experts, leading the way for discussions at sector-specific parallel sessions where delegates can debate and seek consensus, exchange ideas and experiences.


The summit will also include the NEPAD Transport Infrastructure Projects of Excellence Awards 2010 where projects are recognised and honoured for their contribution to the future of the continent in line with the objectives of NEPAD and the African Union.


Delegates at the summit regard it as a "must" to visit the showcase Africa Transport, Trade and Infrastructure Exhibition (ATTIEX),  where Africa's latest technologies, products and services are all on display.


A special business networking service for delegates, Meetings Direct, which was introduced with great success at the 2009 summit will be available once again.  Meetings Direct sets up one-on-one  meetings for delegates with similar business interests,enabling them to start immediate discussions without the usual effort of conference networking.

 
The eyes of the world on the Summit
Thursday, 27 May 2010 11:10

The eyes of the world on the NEPAD TRANSPORT AND INFRASTRUCTURE SUMMIT

The key role of cross-border transport – road, rail, air and maritime - in the development of Africa's Transport infrastructure will top the agenda at the second annual NEPAD Transport and Infrastructure Summit 2010 and Africa Expo to be held on 13-15 October at the Gallagher international  convention centre in Midrand, north of  Johannesburg.
The summit, which is endorsed by the African Union, will also prioritise and promote infrastructure development across the continent focusing on energy, water and ICT.
In tandem with the summit will be the Africa Transport, Trade and Infrastructure Exhibition (ATTIEX), where Africa's latest technologies, products and services are all on display. The summit will also include the NEPAD Transport Infrastructure Projects of Excellence Awards.
A special business networking service for delegates, Meetings Direct, sets up one-on-one meetings for delegates with similar business interests, enabling them to start immediate discussions without the usual effort of conference networking.
Government leaders, policymakers and experts from Africa and overseas will come together with top executives from the private sector, industry decision-makers, investment bankers and other stakeholders  to discuss the continent's most urgent  cross-border transport issues affecting road, rail, air, sea routes and ports.

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Date: 27 May 2010

 
NEPAD TRANSPORT SUMMIT –MAJOR OUTCOMES
Wednesday, 02 December 2009 08:57

NEPAD TRANSPORT SUMMIT –MAJOR OUTCOMES

Over 650 delegates attended the Summit during the two days and over a hundred exhibitors participated.
The countries represented at the summit were Angola; Botswana; Burundi; Cameroon; Chad; DRC; Ethiopia; Egypt; Ghana; Gambia; Gabon; Ivory Coast; Kenya; Libya; Malawi; Mauritius; Mozambique Namibia; Nigeria; Rwanda; Senegal; South Africa; Swaziland; Tanzania; Tunisia; Zambia; Zimbabwe as well as representatives from France, Brussels, Japan, India and Russia


The following organizations were represented at the Summit: European Union; World Bank; Africa Development Bank (AfDB); JICA; Maputo Corridor Logistics Initiative; Walvis Bay Corridor Group; COMESA; EAC; ECCAS, ECOWAS; CEN-SAD; Transit Transport Coordination Authority of the Northern Corridor; Development Bank of Southern Africa, African Civil Aviation Commission; Central Development Corridor SDI; National Agency of the Maritime Affairs of SENEGAL; International Airport Accra - GHANA, SADC; South African Maritime Safety Authority, USAID;

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Eyes of the World on NEPAD Transport Summit in JHB
Wednesday, 18 November 2009 21:24
NEPAD TRANSPORT SUMMIT // 25 – 26 November 2009 // Gallagher Convention Centre

The eyes of the world's transport specialists will be on South Africa on 25-26 November when official observers from North and South America, the European Union and Japan join decision-makers from across Africa and senior executives  from the private sector at the inaugural NEPAD Transport Summit at the Gallagher convention centre in Midrand.

The summit will seek ways to prioritise, develop and fast-track Africa's cross-border networks in all forms of transport -- road, rail, air and sea ports -- to promote trade, investment and growth through the integration of national action plans and national economies.

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NEPAD Transport Summit Opens up Opportunities in Africa
Wednesday, 18 November 2009 21:21

For Immediate Release

13 October 2009

 

NEPAD Transport Summit opens up
many opportunities in Africa


Opportunities for business, trade and investment  will feature when the vital elements of Africa's cross-border transport -- infrastructure, logistics, supply chains. telecommunications, finance and border formalities --  come under the spotlight at the inaugural NEPAD Transport Summit 2009 and Africa Expo at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand on 25-26 November.
The summit will be officially opened by the NEPAD CEO, Ibrahim Assane Mayaki, and delegates will be welcomed by the Chairman of the African Union Commission, Dr Jean Ping.

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Transport Summit to Spolight proposed truck ban
Wednesday, 18 November 2009 21:18

Transport Summit to spotlight proposed truck ban

The Government's proposed freight strategy  to ban certain trucks from using the country's roads and to prohibit certain commodities from being transported by road will come under the scrutiny of a panel of experts at the NEPAD Transport Summit at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand on November 25-26.

The experts will come from the Department of Transport. Transnet, the Road Freight Association and, because of the potential effects of the proposed ban on traffic outside of South Africa, the Cross-Border Road Transport Agency and the Maputo Corridor Logistics Initiative.

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Africa's "open skies" decision under the spotlight
Tuesday, 13 October 2009 11:36

Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
13 October 2009

Contact: Tanitha Jolly
Phone:   +27 21 681 7000 

Africa's "open skies" decision under the spotlight

Implementation of the Yamoussoukro "open skies" decision to liberalise intra-Africa scheduled and non-scheduled air services while also focusing on air traffic control and safety regulations will be featured at the NEPAD Transport Summit and Expo at the Gallagher convention centre in Midrand on 25-26 November.

The discussion will be led by Dr John E Tambi of Liberia, a transport infrastructure expert with long experience in the management of 
airports, ports  and transportation facilities with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

A licensed commercial pilot, he is transport adviser to the NEPAD Secretariat as well as a consultant to the International Civil Aviation Organisation the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa and UN headquarters in New York.

The Yamoussoukro decision was endorsed by the African Heads of State in 1999 in the capital city of the Cote d'Ivoire -- whose name it bears -- and has faced  a number of challenges in the years since then. Dr Tambi will update the summit on the latest developments.

The NEPAD Transport Summit is attracting delegates  from all over Africa, North and South America and the European Union and will be addressed by the head of the 53-nation African Union, Dr Jean Ping.

The main objective is to promote regional integration across the continent through its transport networks.. The delegates will seek ways to prioritise, fast-track and integrate the national action plans of African countries involving road, rail, air and the ports -- and to increase awareness of the huge potential for cross-border trade and investment.

Dr Ping and the CEO of NEPAD, Dr Ibrahim Assane Mayaki, with other expert speakers will address decision-makers from African ministries of transport, finance, trade and communications, as well as senior executives from major transcontinental transport and logistics companies, development banks and funding agencies.

The main focus of the discussions will be on Africa's key cross-border arteries and regional transport corridors and their importance in the integration process. The aim is also to cut red tape and streamline border formalities.

The summit is the first of what is expected to be an annual event in Africa's regional transport hubs.

Dr Ping, chairman of the African Union Commission, is a former diplomat and Deputy Prime Minister of Gabon,  Dr Mayaki is a former Prime Minister of Niger.

NEPAD Transport Summit and Africa Expo

DATES:                  25- 26 November 2009
VENUE:                 Gallagher Convention Centre
WEBSITE:             www.nepadtransportsummit.org
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NEPAD Transport Summit a must for Project Managers
Wednesday, 30 September 2009 14:08

NEPAD Summit focus on Africa's
transport infrastructure projects
 

Project management will feature strongly when the fast-tracking of cross-border transport -- infrastructure, logistics,  telecommunications, finance and border formalities --  comes under the spotlight at the inaugural NEPAD Transport Summit 2009 and Africa Expo at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand on 25-26 November.

The summit will be officially opened by the CEO of NEPAD, Ibrahim Assane Mayaki, and delegates will be welcomed the the Chairman of the African Union Commission, Dr Jean Ping.

The objective of the summit, according to the  NEPAD CEO, is to press forward with  development of  Africa's cross-border transport  networks "to stimulate economic growth and interdependence".

" Africa is on the move and we can speed up the momentum If we can get African countries to open up and share their trade links with their neighbours," he said.

The summit is attracting decision-makers from African governments, the African Union and regional economic communities who will be joined by senior executives from major transport and logistic companies,engineering and construction groups, development banks and funding agencies.

The European Union, France, the Netherlands, Angola,Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Canada and USAID  are sending official observers.

The summit is being structured so that each day starts with a plenary on the broad situation. The afternoons will be devoted to hammering out the details at sector-specific parallel sessions.

The main focus of the discussions will be on Africa's key cross-border arteries -- road, rail and air -- and its  ports and their importance in regional integration.

   One of the features of the summit which is attracting much attention is the green agenda, covering new technologies to reduce the transport carbon footprint, biofuels and alternative sources of energy, and the greening of logistics and supply chains.

The 53-nation African Union has identified the regional integration of national economies through NEPAD --the New Partnership for Africa's Development -- as the answer to the continent's chronic problems of hunger, poverty and slow growth, with the key being swift, efficient and economic cross-border transport.

In addition to the discussions and debates the summit will showcase the African nations involved in the transport networks. Their services, products and potential for business will be on display in the Hall of Nations at the adjacent Africa Expo,

 

 


 

 
NEPAD Transport Summit opens up many opportunities in Africa
Wednesday, 30 September 2009 14:05

NEPAD Transport Summit opens up many opportunities in Africa

Opportunities for business, trade and investment  will feature when the vital elements of Africa's cross-border transport -- infrastructure, logistics, supply chains. telecommunications, finance and border formalities --  come under the spotlight at the inaugural NEPAD Transport Summit 2009 and Africa Expo at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand on 25-26 November.

The objective of the summit, according to NEPAD CEO Ibrahim Assane Mayaki, is to develop and fast-track Africa's cross-border transport  potential "to stimulate economic growth and interdependence".

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