Kenya Ports Authority is set to host the 16th Africa Intermodal Africa conference on November 16th– 18th, 2016 in Mombasa County.
Covering Eastern and Southern Africa, the two-day conference and exhibition will bring together harbor masters, port engineers, delegates in the operations, finance, and procurement, shippers, cargo owners, importers/exporters, shipping lines, freight forwarders, ports and terminal operating companies among others.
Over 500 delegates are expected to converge in Mombasa and address topical issues and challenges in the global transport and logistics sector.
Among the topics that will feature in the conference include: public private partnership successful models in ports privatization in Eastern and Southern Africa, collaboration strategies to raise investment and funding for East Africa’s new ports ,future impacts on ports and shipping lines and Container lines consolidation: impacts and opportunities on East Africa’s ports.
Other topics that will be covered include: importers and exporters perspectives and road, rail linkages to support efficient Eastern and Southern Africa’s supply chain networks, creating an efficient framework for supply chain connectivity among others.
“We at Kenya Ports Authority are delighted to welcome this event back to Mombasa after 13 years when it was inaugurated. We are indeed looking forward to exchanging best maritime and port practices so that together we grow the port business in the continent and make strides in promoting regional trade,” says the Managing Director, Catherine Mturi-Wairi in her welcoming note.
She added: “We look forward to hosting all our delegates and for them to enjoy our world famous Kenyan hospitality and eco-tourism during the conference period.”
Some of the key resolutions passed during the 15th Intermodal Africa conference held in Lusaka, Zambia last year include: developing a close working relationship on border customs procedures, development of intermodal transport corridors and sharing of knowledge in the development of trade between Zambia and Angola, Tanzania, Democratic Republic of Congo, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia.
Among the key speakers in this year’s conference will be the Transport, Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development Cabinet Secretary Mr. James Macharia, KPA Managing Director Mrs. Catherine Mturi-Wairi, Sujeevan Perera, Adviser (Trade Competitiveness), Trade Division, Commonwealth Secretariat, United Kingdom, Steve Folder, Managing Director Eastern Africa, Maersk Line Kenya and Richard Anamoo, Director General, Ghana Ports & Harbours Authority (GPHA), Ghana .
During the conference, 80 exhibitors and sponsors will have an opportunity to network directly with the delegates of the major annual international maritime transport and exhibition conference.
Last year’s conference attracted over 300 delegates from 19 African and overseas countries. Intermodal Africa is the biggest annual container ports and terminal operations exhibition and conference in Africa.