25 - 26 June, 2019
HYATT REGENCY, DAR ES SALAAM, THE KILIMANJARO, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, United Republic of

Conference Day One: Tuesday, 25 June 2019

8:00 am - 8:30 am Registration, welcome refreshments and networking

8:30 am - 8:50 am Speed networking session

8:50 am - 8:55 am Welcome address from IQPC Valentina Pivetta, Conference Director, IQPC

Eng. Machibya Masanja, Head of Standard Gauge Railway Project at Rail Assets Holding Company (RAHCO), Tanzania

Eng. Machibya Masanja

Head of Standard Gauge Railway Project
Rail Assets Holding Company (RAHCO), Tanzania


How can this help Africa to achieve a substantial GDP growth of 5% by 2020?
This session will explore:
  • Latest sea ports, dry ports, roads, highways and bridges’ development projects occurring in Africa
  • Emphasize opportunities that market opens to contractors, subcontractors and future investors
  • Evaluate the economic potential of these projects and the impact they have on the overall GDP

Eng. Machibya Masanja, Head of Standard Gauge Railway Project at Rail Assets Holding Company (RAHCO), Tanzania

Eng. Machibya Masanja

Head of Standard Gauge Railway Project
Rail Assets Holding Company (RAHCO), Tanzania

H. E. Mrs. Dagmawit Moges, Deputy Mayor of Addis Ababa, and Honourable Minister of Transport at Ethiopia

H. E. Mrs. Dagmawit Moges

Deputy Mayor of Addis Ababa, and Honourable Minister of Transport

Deusdedit Kakoko

Director General
Tanzania Ports Authority (Awaiting topic confirmation

H.E. Dr. Hesham Arafat

EX Honourable Minister of Transport
Ministry of Transport, Egypt

Taddesse Woldeyohannes Woldu, Director General Industrial Development at Ministry of Trade & Industry, Eritrea

Taddesse Woldeyohannes Woldu

Director General Industrial Development
Ministry of Trade & Industry, Eritrea

H.E. Alexander Chiteme, Honourable Minister of Development and Planning & National Assembly at Zambia

H.E. Alexander Chiteme

Honourable Minister of Development and Planning & National Assembly

H.E. Mr. Amadou Kone, Honourable Minister of Transport at Ivory Coast

H.E. Mr. Amadou Kone

Honourable Minister of Transport
Ivory Coast

9:30 am - 10:00 am Connecting Dar Es Salaam port with land-locked Rwanda: The Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) project: Discussing the US$2.5 billion investment across a 400km railway network to link landlocked Rwanda with Dar es Salaam port

How would this benefit the total growth of the East African countries GDP?
  • The importance of facilitating trades among sea and landlocked countries
  • Reducing transportation times and increasing goods availability
  • The main aspects of the new railway: is there any technology advance? Can it become the benmarch for future projects
Eng. Machibya Masanja, Head of Standard Gauge Railway Project at Rail Assets Holding Company (RAHCO), Tanzania

Eng. Machibya Masanja

Head of Standard Gauge Railway Project
Rail Assets Holding Company (RAHCO), Tanzania

10:00 am - 10:30 am SPONSOR SESSION: Ground engineering consult - covering all project phases from site investigation to project implementation and supervision.

Why is it essential to design and plan accordingly?
The main phases to consider in project development and planning
  • Meeting new standards and requirements: environment, law, security and efficiency
  • Creating a comprehensive supply chain of raw materials

10:30 am - 11:00 am Morning break, cutting ribbon ceremony and exhibition floor tour

Roads and Highways projects in East Africa
The fastest growing region in infrastructure development and inter-connectivity promotion. Zambia, Rwanda,
Uganda, Kenya and Ethiopia among the big players.

11:00 am - 11:30 am KENYA: Exploring the US$322 million Malindi - Mombasa- Lunga Lunga Highway project

95% of cargo from Mombasa port is transported via national highways.
Why is it essential to increase interconnectivity among countries?
  • At what stage is the Nairobi-Mombasa motorway project?
  • Reducing traffic and improving viability by implementing bridges and roads’ maintenance.
  • The economical benefits: reducing costs and facilitating import/export transportation
Eng. Kevin Nyabuto, Deputy Director Special Projects at Kenya National Highways Authority, Kenya

Eng. Kevin Nyabuto

Deputy Director Special Projects
Kenya National Highways Authority, Kenya

11:30 am - 12:00 pm Encouraging countries connectivity: The US$ 751.3 million project between Kenya and Tanzania

How can the simplification of movement of tourists and goods along the Kenya-Tanzania coastline boost the economy by up to 5%?
  • Insights on the construction of the new 445 km Malindi-Bagamoyo highway: business opportunities, economical benefits and borders bureaucracy simplification
  • The rehabilitation of the 250km Malindi-Lunga Lunga and the 175km Tanga-Bagamoyo road calls for bitumen upgrading.

Eng. Amos Onyango

Ag. Director Road Asset & Corridor Management
Kenya Urban Road Authority (invited)

Africa’s infrastructures’ development and multi-model approach includes also multibillion-dollar rail
implementations and dry ports constructions

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm Mtwara Development Project, Tanzania: Improving the inland infrastructure system, from a new internal railway to the construction of dry ports.

Promoting a Multi-model approach and building logistic hubs to boost the economy by 5% .
How can this facilitate trade?
  • National and international benefits: How can countries like Burundi, DRC, Zambia and Uganda benefit?
  • New commercial routes and the development of new industrial areas open opportunities for main contractors
  • The needs of 100 power unit coaches, modernisation of 2 locomotives, railway maintenance specialists, electric signaling system, new integrated software

Eng. Juma Kijavara

Port Manager, Mtwara Port
Tanzania Ports Authority

12:30 pm - 1:00 pm KEYNOTE PANEL DISCUSSION: Dry ports as a key driving elements for both the commercial and transportation sectors.

Why are logistic hubs becoming so important?
With new businesses dynamics and a fast moving commercial environment, it is essential for countries to ensure a smoother flow of goods in order to increase competitiveness. For this reason infrastructure development, and in particular ports, dry ports and hinterland transports play a key role.
This session will consider:
  • A snapshot of the main dry ports projects (Zambia, Congo and Tanzania)
  • How can inland countries benefit from it: from new job opportunities to surroundings development
  • New commercial routes
  • How regional ports can minimise the risk of overcapacity?

Dr. Chinedum Onyemechi

Dept. of Maritime Management Technology
Federal University of Technology Owerri

Nelson Mlali

Port Manager
Tanzania Ports Authority

Aden Mowlid, Director General at Djibouti Ports Authority

Aden Mowlid

Director General
Djibouti Ports Authority

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Lunch break and networking opportunity

From transports’ infrastructure development to environmental challenges
With approximately 33 massive “development corridors” crossing the entire continent, how will the African ecosystem be impacted?

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm Considering environmental implications and challenges that roads, highways and bridges can have on the ecosystem. How can the environment be impacted by these projects?

  • Understanding which variables should be taken into consideration when planning a road construction or implementation
  • Careful environmental assessment and land-use planning, with specific measures in place (such as new protected areas) to limit or mitigate their impacts
  • How to avoid ecosystem damages and how can these destroy important sectors like fauna and agriculture
Dagim Terefe Gesese, Media Relation Team Leader at Ethiopia Railways Corporation, Ethiopia

Dagim Terefe Gesese

Media Relation Team Leader
Ethiopia Railways Corporation, Ethiopia

Creating a knowledge based road sector in Africa
When economic development also requires knowledgeable, experienced and trained personal

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm Understanding the need of having the right people from the preliminary phase of a project.

Delays in project realisation due to poor planning can cost governments and banks up to 1 million dollar.
Why is human capital then so important in project’s planning?
  • How can the preliminary study phase of a project negatively impact the realisation of it?
  • Which are the key job titles that Africa is looking for?
  • Understanding why the initial phase of a development project is essential for foreign investors
  • Costs of misleading or wrong studies

Stellah Namulindwa

Civil Engineer
Uganda National Road Authority

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm SPONSOR SESSION:

Reviewing how the introduction of intelligent transport systems in East Africa roads and highways infrastructure can overcome traffic challenges Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) have played an important role to enhance travel experience.
This session will discuss:
  • The types of technologies required in ITS contracts in Africa
  • How introducing intelligent traffic within the management system will help in easing the perennial Congestion in African roads.

3:30 pm - 3:30 pm Chairman’s closing remarks and end of conference day one