The second day started with the presentation of Mr. Lin YICHONG, Vice President of China Harbour Engineering Company. Mr. Yichong showed the delegates about the port development from the past 30 years in China and with that background and experience, he shared different suggestions to increase African ports’ contribution to the regional development.

After Mr. Yichong’s, the delegates learnt about the different port and material handling solutions that Terex can offer to reduce loading time and increase volumes at the ports. Mr. Neil CLEGG, General Manager Sales and Service & Mr. Colin CLEGG, Business Development Manager at Terex showed throughout their presentation how port handling efficiency could be increased through the use of right material handling equipment.

Mr. Gagan SEKSARIA, CFO & Head of Investments of ICTSI Africa, unfortunately could not be present at the summit but spoke to the delegates via video. He highlighted both the merits and challenges a PPP model could offer for African ports and illustrated few examples from Madagascar and Nigerian ports.

After the networking session, Mr. Caesar MTETWA, General Manager Rail Network, shared his knowledge on the efficiency of rail network and ways to increase it. Through a very detailed presentation, Mr. Mtetwa not only explained the market demand strategy of Transnet, but also looked at their Must Win Battles and their plans to achieve MDS.

Returning to the ports sector, Mr. Daniel PERSHIN from Solvo shared some guidelines with the African port authorities and terminal operators on ways to choose the right Terminal Operating Systems for their ports and after that, Mr. Richard ANAMOO, Director General of the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority looked at the port reform models taking place at the public service port, a common practise in Africa, to the tool port, the landlord port and the private service port which are mostly used in Europe. He then shared his experience at Ghana where they implemented the landlord port system and explained both the strong points as the weaknesses of this reform and why they chose to go for the hybrid port system, called “Amodiation”.

Mr. ANAMOO took place in the Panel discussion to talk about the initiatives that are needed to increase the attractiveness of African ports. Together with Mr. Phares MAGESA, Acting Director of Information and Communication Technology at Tanzania Ports Authority and Mr. Patrick NYOIKE, Head Financial Accounting at Kenya Ports Authority insights were shared about what is required to be changed at the ports in order to attract more international shipping lines and investors. Remarks were made that, even though a lot of emphasis has been put over the past 2 conference days on infrastructure and IT, one cannot ignore the key importance of human capital and having experienced leaders in the exco teams at African ports. This lively panel concluded the morning session on Day 2 of the summit.

After lunch, Mr. Daniel MACHEMBA, chairman of the day and Executive Director of the Tanzania Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture of Tanzania discussed the effects of the collapse of the Tanzanian railway infrastructure. He stressed the advantages railways have over roads in terms of cost efficiency, safety and sustainability. Mr. Machemba then looked at the state of the railways in Tanzania and what the many implications are of the failure of these railway lines going from port congestions to non-tariff barriers and loss of competitiveness. He concluded that the development of regional corridors is the way forward.

After this outline of the railways in Tanzania, Mr. Hatchwe MUSOWOYA, Manager Planning and Corporate Affairs of TAZARA spoke on behalf of his Managing Director about both the technological enhancements needed at the TAZARA railway line and the engineering challenges that they had to tackle in order to ensure a durable transit time for the cargo passing over the TAZARA line.

The second day of the summit came to an end with a closing panel discussion moderated by Mr. Peter JAMES, Practice Leader Financial Analysis of CPCS. Panelists Mr. Caesar MTETWA, General Manager Rail Network at Transnet Freigh Rail, Mr. Steve MOGERE, Infrastructure and Evaluation Advisor at JICA and Mr. Pankaj SINGH, Shipping Manager of Sharaf Shipping Agency looked at the future of Africa and what needs to be done to become a global trade hub. They discussed new infrastructure developments, railway challenges and opportunities and  the expectations of the shipping lines towards logistics and corridors.

Mr. Daniel MACHEMBA then shared his closing remarks with the delegates and encouraged everybody to take action and work together on the success of African ports, railways and infrastructure.

 

 

 

 

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