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Africa’s ports and harbours movers and shakers converge in Durban this October

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The 6th annual African Ports Evolution Forum takes place 17 - 18 October in Durban.  This high level forumunites ports authorities, terminal operators, investors and government from more than 29 countries to boost intra-African trade, reduce port congestion, increase port connectivity and throughput and identify new business opportunities to boost expansion and modernisation.

Port expansion and upgrade projects currently underway across Africa are valued in the billions. The value of ports projects underway in Tanzania currently total US $13.6 and Mozambique has already witnessed investments of US $8.3 billion towards ports upgrade and expansion in 2017 alone.  African Ports Evolution Forum explores the myriad opportunities now available for the generation of new revenue streams at African ports through concessions, systems upgrades, expansion projects and more, unlocking qualified channels for ports’ respective development pipelines in line with the 2040 Vision for Africa’s transport sector. The 2040 Vision for Africa's transport sector is an integrated African continent where transport infrastructure and services enable the free movement of goods and passengers by providing efficient, safe, secure, reliable and seamless transport options.

The forum will host two African ministers namely The Honourable Joe Maswanganyi, South Africa’s Minister of Transport and The Honourable Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, Minister of Transport, Nigeria as well as senior representatives from over 18 African ports authorities, terminal operator organisations and Ministries of Transport  including Nozipho Mdawe, Secretary General of the Ports Management Association of Eastern and Southern Africa (PMAESA) and The Honourable Nancy Karigithu, Principal Secretary for Shipping and Maritime Affairs at Kenya’s Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development, among others.

“This is truly a Pan-African forum with participation from countries such as Tunisia, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda, Nambia, Nigeria. Those wanting to accreditation to attend the Forum need to do so by the end of September as access is limited…” Says Nevenka Ristic, Programme Director of the Forum

Two co-located events take place alongside the African Ports Evolution Forum 2017: the African Rail Evolution Forum focussing on rail rehabilitation and maintenance and Trade and Investment Kwa-Zulu Natal’s Export Week promoting KwaZulu-Natal's export businesses and industries. Over 100 exhibitors will showcase their products and services to a qualified audience of hundreds of Africa’s leading maritime decision makers.  

The African Ports Evolution forum takes place in Durban on 17 and 18 October 2017. More information is available at www.portsevolution.com

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