Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

12 July 2014

Tanzania: Rails Summit Set for Dar es Salaam

DAR ES SALAAM will host the fifth East and Central Africa Roads and Rail Infrastructure Summit which will be held on 26 to 27 next month.

Global transportation infrastructure players will together explore an assortment of investment opportunities in the rapidly developing sector in the region.

Minister of Transport, Dr Harrison Mwakyembe, is expected to deliver the opening remarks at the Summit which will showcase some of the latest technologies from established industry providers such as US-based Amsted Rail and South Africa's Osborne Engineered Products.

According to the press statement issued by Magenta Global Pte Ltd yesterday, the event will gather stakeholders from the East and Central African transport infrastructure sector, including country and regional regulatory authorities.

Private sector participants from around Africa and beyond will be present. For two whole days there will be updates, exchange of ideas and views, sharing of latest technology and best practices, as well as invaluable opportunities for industry networking.

The statement states that apart from the $300-million World Bank-financed Tanzanian Railway, other regional project opportunities will be updated through detailed presentations including.

"Latest Updates into East and Central Africa's Roads and Rail Development" by Philip Wambugu, Director of Infrastructure at the East Africa Community (EAC); and "Uganda Railway Infrastructure Projects, Planning and Policy: Latest Updates" by Apollo Kashanku, Senior Transport Economist at the Ministry of Works and Transport, Uganda.

Eng Solomon Ouna, Railway Project Manager at Kenya Railways will speak on the "Latest Updates on the Major Cross Countries Rail Project between Mombasa at Kenya and Kigali at Rwanda"; while Dr Mahabubul Bari, Transport Adviser at the Ministry of Infrastructure, Rwanda, will address the "Impact of Inadequate Infrastructure in Rwanda with the Latest Roads/Rail Projects and Feasible Rural Transport Building Strategies".

Speaking about the event, the Principal Technical Adviser to the Cabinet of the Minister of Transport and Public Works, Bujumbura- Burundi, Mr Eduoard Nyandwi, said, "I'm looking forward to participating and making a presentation on investment opportunities in my country, particularly the Port of Bujumbura which is a lung opening up the country".

Finance experts from the World Bank, the African Development Bank (AfDB), and the German Investment and Development Corporation DEG will also present their current development assistance projects.

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