Conference to help keep African ports on top

The third yearly Africa Ports, Logistics and Supply Chain Conference and Expo, which will feature innovative solutions and deal with the challenges facing the users and operators of Africa’s ports, terminals and transportation corridors, will take place in Accra, Ghana, this year.

To be held on March 19 and 20 at the Accra International Conference Centre, the event will host a range of speakers who will discuss issues such as the trends in the African ports sector, public–private partnerships, port infrastructure and investment opportunities in South Africa.

The conference and expo will see the gathering of government authorities that regulate Africa’s ports, railways and transportation services, industry experts and transport operators, among others.

Some of the participating organisations include South Africa’s State-owned freight and logistics group, Transnet, shipping company Maersk and container terminal operator Meridian Port Services.

The aim of the event is to discuss the challenges and strategies to help African ports achieve greater competitiveness and supply chain innovation. Questions that pertain to new infrastructural expansion projects, congestion management, future port authority plans and operational, technical and commercial issues concerning ports will be also be dealt with.

Conference organiser Magenta Global CEO Maggie Tan has encouraged relevant companies, government and businesses to participate in the event.

“The conference and expo will facilitate the exchange of fresh information, experience and knowledge [with a view to] achieving the objectives of enhancing port efficiency, reducing administrative burdens in ports, improving port financing and better delivery of port and logistics services,” says Tan.

The latest technologies, equipment and supply chain solutions that will help provide solutions to increasing trade and growth in Africa and help keep African ports competitive will also be showcased at the conference.



Source: Engineering News.Co – 3 Feb 2012