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|NEPAD Transport Summit a must for Project Managers|
|Wednesday, 30 September 2009 14:08|
NEPAD Summit focus on Africa's
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,