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15 – 16 October 2019
Durban ICC, Durban, South Africa

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8th annual African Ports and Rail Evolution Forum: Developing Africa’s trade and transport hub potential

National development plans across the continent are prioritising transport infrastructure upgrade and development projects. Substantial growth in trade volumes is predicted with total corridor volumes on road and rail expected to increase from 13.6 million tonnes by 2020 to 40 million tonnes by 2040.

Against this backdrop, Africa’s largest transport event, African Ports and Rail Evolution, welcomes dozens of African ports and rail authorities and thousands of qualified maritime, transport and logistics professionals to optimise hinterland and maritime connectivity, improve efficiency of rail networks and define the future of maritime and overland shipping across the continent. Efficient and effective transport systems and modern ports and railways are key to unlocking new trade opportunities and export markets.

  • Discover Africa’s trade potential and wealth of new investment and partnership opportunities arising out of Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement and other open border initiatives
  • Find out which infrastructure projects are currently open, where assistance is needed and how to become a leading partner in development for Africa’s multibillion dollar transport industry
  • Meet with development leaders from Ports Management Association of Eastern and Southern Africa (PMAESA), South Africa’s Department of Transport, Transnet Group and other industry stakeholders.

The 8th annual African Ports and Rail Evolution takes place in Durban, South Africa from 15 to 16 October 2019.

OPPORTUNITIES FOR DEMAND-DRIVEN EXPANSION AND UPGRADE OF AFRICA’S PORTS AND RAIL SYSTEMS ARE EXPONENTIAL.

National development plans across the continent are prioritising transport infrastructure upgrade and development projects. Substantial growth in trade volumes is predicted with total corridor volumes on road and rail expected to increase from 13.6 million tonnes by 2020 to 40 million tonnes by 2040 and the African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement (AfCTFA) set to create the largest free trade zone in the world and increase intra-Africa trade by 52% by 2020.

Against this backdrop, Africa’s largest transport event, African Ports and Rail Evolution, welcomes dozens of African ports and rail authorities and thousands of qualified maritime, transport and logistics professionals to optimise hinterland and maritime connectivity, improve efficiency of rail networks and define the future of maritime and overland shipping across the continent. Efficient and effective transport systems and modern ports and railways are key to unlocking new trade opportunities and export markets, and African Ports and Rail Evolution 2019 provides valuable insights into the development and maintenance of these. 

What to expect:

3000+

global attendees

100+

exhibitors

30+

countries represented

20+

African ports and rail
authorities represented

5 dedicated product zones

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New in 2019!

2 new dedicated sectors in the expo: Maritime zone; covering oil & gas, marine engineering and maritime offshore industries and a Logistics zone

An all-encompassing expo: The Export Week and African Ports and Rail Evolution Forum exhibition areas will be combined in 2019 to create one environment for key buyers and suppliers to interact and do business

2nd annual Future Mobility Africa Summit featuring a technology pavilion

Awarding excellence!  The 2019 event will feature two award ceremonies celebrating excellence in the sector: Women in Transport Awards and Exporter of the Year Awards

South African Oil and Gas Alliance (SAOGA): Networking breakfast and pavilion featured in the exhibition

  • "Well done to the team. This was my first experience of the event and was impressed, made good contacts and look forward to further involvement."

    Olivier le Clezio
    Corrosion Solutions Engineers
  • "Excellent content covered at the conference, It is an event not to be missed, by both Rail and Port professionals."

    Brian Monakali
    International Heavy Haul Association (IHHA) and South African Heavy Haul Association (SAHHA)
  • "It was a privilege to have participated at the 2017 forum. Being able to hear about the outstanding projects taking place all over the continent and having the opportunity to share our experience was wonderful. Congratulations to all of you for organizing such exchange of ideas."

    Gerard Philippeaux
    Strategic Initiatives Manager, PortMiami, USA
  • "It was a pleasure participating in the event. Thanks for the opportunity to share our views and make a contribution towards the improvement of our regional corridors."

    Samson Koloi
    Executive Manager: Research and Development, Cross-Border Road Transport Agency (C-BRTA), South Africa

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2018 Sponsors and Partners

Platinum Sponsors

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Official Mobility Partner

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Gold Sponsors

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