At the top of the agenda will be the discussion on latest development opportunities across this rapidly developing region.
As a region, East Africa comprises about 26% of Africa's population and 16% of Africa's combined GDP in 2009 current prices. Regional GDP growth was aided by rising oil output in Sudan, mineral exports in Ethiopia and Tanzania, robust trade output from Kenya and economic reforms in Rwanda. Growth is expected to remain strong with foreign investments in oil and mineral exploration in Sudan, Uganda and Ethiopia, along with a pipeline of large infrastructure projects in the Central, Northern, North-South Corridors.
Efficient transportation corridors are keys to economic development, and thus rehabilitation projects and new infrastructure investments are needed to keep the region prospering. This 3rd Summit addresses the weak transport infrastructure in East & Central Africa and focuses on the key factors in ensuring a functioning road network, including road planning, design, operation and optimization of rail assets, and regional connectivity. The Summit will discuss the latest investment projects from Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Zambia, Kenya, Uganda, and other countries in region.
The two-day Summit will be officiated by Hon Omari Nundu, Minister, Ministry of Transport, Tanzania.
This year’s distinguished panel of speakers includes representatives from regional government authorities and industry stakeholders: Akashambatwa Lewanika, CEO, Tanzania Zambia Railway Authority (TAZARA); Philip Wambugu, Director of Infrastructure, East African Community (EAC); Meshack Kidenda, Director General, Kenya National Highway Authority; Capt Dukundane Dieudonne, Director General, Burundi Maritime, Port and Railways Authority; Sipho Khumalo, CEO, Cross Border Road Transport Agency (CBRTA), South Africa; Nelson Nyangu, Director of Planning, Ministry of Communications and Transport (MCT), Zambia; Atama Gabriel Richard, Principal Infrastructure Officer, Ministry of East African Community Affairs, Uganda; Dr Twagira Elias Mathaniya, Director General, Rwanda Transport Development Agency, Rwanda; Eng Dr Michael M Odongo, Executive Director, Uganda Road Fund; among several others.
Industry representatives that will be sharing the 2012 Roads & Rail platform include: Nduva Muli, Managing Director, Kenya Railways Corporation; Paul Runge, Managing Director, Africa Project Access, South Africa; Klaus Findt, Partner, Chief Operating Officer, Global Infrastructure - Africa, KPMG Services, South Africa; Peter Copley Pr Eng, Ops Evaluation Specialist, Development Bank of South Africa (DBSA), South Africa; Martin Fleetwood, Secretary, Rail Working Group, United Kingdom; among several others.
The Summit is endorsed by the Ministry of Transport (MoT), Tanzania and the Tanzania Zambia Railway Authority (TAZARA). Also supporting the Event are the Tanzania Truck Owners Association (TATOA) and the Rail Working Group (RWG).
The CEO of the conference organizing company, Magenta Global Pte Ltd, Singapore, Ms Maggie Tan, said: “This is the premier Summit to tackle the road and rail infrastructure challenges facing East & Central Africa. The Summit will facilitate the exchange of fresh information, present new projects and engage industry stakeholders on viable project models for sustainable development of the transport infrastructure in East & Central Africa.” Ms Tan encouraged all companies and organizations to contribute to the development of this sector by being part of this key event.
The event will be held at the Serena Hotel in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
About Magenta Global – Owner & Organizer
Magenta Global Pte Ltd (magenta-global.com.sg) is a premier independent business media company that provides pragmatic and relevant information to government & business executives and professionals worldwide. The organization provides the opportunity to share thought-provoking insights, exchange ideas on the latest industry trends and technological developments with thought leaders and business peers. With a strong focus in emerging economies especially in Africa, Middle East & Central Asia, Magenta Global works in partnership with both the public and private sectors.
About the Ministry of Transport, Tanzania – Event Endorser
The Ministry of Transport (MoT) is charged with the responsibility for development of the transport and meteorology and to ensure that the services provided in these sectors are efficient and meet the needs of the population. The Ministry was established in January 2011 from the then Ministry of Infrastructure Development. Since then the Ministry has focused attention at ensuring availability of adequate transport infrastructure, well maintained and safeguarded the environment against irresponsible infrastructure development as well as integrating all modes of transport in achieving a coherent vision for economic development.
About the Tanzania Zambia Railway Authority – Event Endorser
The Tanzania Zambia Railway Authority (TAZARA) is a statutory body established in both the United Republic of Tanzania and the Republic of Zambia, by the TAZARA ACT of 1975, which was later amended by the TAZARA ACT of 1995. The governments of both Tanzania and Zambia are the joint and equal shareholders of TAZARA. Covering a total distance of 1,860km from Dar es Salaam to New Kapiri Mposhi, TAZARA links the Southern Africa Regional transport network to Eastern Africa, Asia and the Far East through the seaport of Dar es Salaam.
About the Tanzania Truck Owners Association – Supporting Organization
The Tanzania Truck Owners Association (TATOA) is a Business Membership Organization (BMO) of truck owners based in Tanzania. It was established in 1980 and currently has a membership of 760 companies that operate 10,000 trucks on the Tanzanian roads - both as transit or domestic transporters. Over the years, TATOA has grown into a coherent body that has brought together truck owners, acquired high visibility and amassed political clout in the transport sector. In this regard, the Association is viewed as the voice of the Transporters in Tanzania. The organizational structure consists of the Annual General Meeting (AGM), the Board, the Executive Committee and a lean Secretariat based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The objectives of TATOA include uniting all Cargo Transporters in Tanzania in addressing various issues which affect transport operations, as well as continuously educating and enlightening its members on economic issues in transport operation.
About the Rail Working Group – Supporting Organization
The Rail Working Group (RWG) is a not-for-profit association established at the request of UNIDROIT in 1996 to represent the interests of the rail industry in drafting, adopting and implementing what is now the 2007 Luxembourg Rail Protocol to the Cape Town Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment. RWG's active involvement during the drafting of the Protocol ensured that the text now reflects the commercial realities of the rail industry. Today, the association continues to work actively with governments, industry bodies and the two sponsoring organizations, OTIF and UNIDROIT, as an influential member of the official Preparatory Commission setting up the structures and agreements needed to bring the Luxembourg Rail Protocol into operation.