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The Conference theme would be discussed under four sessions as follows: Session 1
The concept of connectivity and port hinterlands, components and modal options will be examined in this session. Speakers will be invited from UNCTAD, WTO, African Corridor Management Alliance, Port of Hamburg, Nigeria Shippers Council, Maersk Line, Nigeria/Niger Joint Commission for Trade Facilitation, Nigeria Railway Cooperation, Namport Authority to discuss connectivity from both theoretical and practical points of view, share experience on which models work better and how Africa is faring on all the logistics performance and connectivity indicators. Session chairman Hon. Minister of Industries, Trade and Investment, Dr. Okechukwu Enelemah.
Session 2 Funding options for hinterland connectivity – hard and soft infrastructure
Funding options for hinterland connectivity – hard and soft infrastructure. This session will assess the hinterland corridor infrastructure development planning and funding situation in Africa, source reliable funding for infrastructure development and how governments can access affordable funding for port and hinterland projects development. The following institutions would be invited to facilitate this session: World Bank, African Development Bank, Infrastructure Bank PLC, International Maritime Organization, Port of Antwerp International, Transnet NPA, Seaport Terminal Operators of Nigeria, Dubai World, National Inland Waterway Authority, Infrastructural and Regulatory Commission.
Session chairman Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr. Godwin Emefiele.
Session 3Africa’s ports landscape: infrastructure, governance models, and landlocked transit corridors. Selected Port Authorities to speak in this Session are African ports with large captive and extended hinterlands, some of which connect to landlocked countries using road and rail modes. The ports to be invited as speakers are:
(i) Transnet National Port Authority (South Africa).
(ii) Kenya Ports Authority.
(iii) Douala Port Authority (Cameroon).
(iv) Nigerian Ports Authority.
(v) Cotonou Port Authority (Benin).
(vi) Abidjan Port Authority (Cote d’Ivoire).
(vii) Dakar Port Authority (Senegal).
(viii) Tanger Med Port (Morocco).
(ix) Port of Alexandria (Egypt).
(x) Antwerp Port Authority (Belgium).
(xi) Port of Algiers
Session chairman American Association of Port Authorities Session 4 Sustainability and facilitation of the logistics and transport supply chain
This session will examine trade facilitation mechanisms as soft tools for improved port hinterland connectivity, explore the topical subject of sustainable transport and supply chain including the concept of Smart ports; and discuss how trade and port single windows contribute to improving port hinterland connectivity. Speakers for this session will be invited from NEPAD, LADOL, IPCSA, ESPO, Tanger Med Special Agency, Kentrade Single Window, Port Consultative Council, Lagos State Government, Kaduna State Government.
Session chairman Hon. Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi.