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Speaking opportunities

Share your experience in Africa's maritime and port industry. Submit an abstract and join industry leaders and influencers in next year's premium Port forums to take African ports to the next level. For further information about conference speakers and the programme please contact Nevenka Ristic, Project Director at nevenka.ristic@portsevolution.com

If you would like to be considered for a speaking role, please complete and submit this abstract form to nevenka.ristic@portsevolution.com by no later than 31 May 2017.

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About the conference

African Ports Evolution 2017 is THE premiere maritime forum in Africa providing attendees with take home, future-proofed solutions for boosting the integrity of port operations, modernising facilities, and increasing bulk and container throughput. The forum aims to discover the scale of planned marine development and expansion projects across the African continent. It provides proven alternative solutions for demand driven port development and expansion, creating productive ports and terminals and supportive networks to fast-track Africa's economic development.

Furthermore African Ports Evolution 2017 will demonstrate how to reduce transport costs and boost economic development. Join other key stakeholders in the maritime transport industry and hear from an unbeatable line-up of thought-leaders as they discuss new strategies and the rapid evolution of the port industry in Africa.

2017 Advisory Board

The Advisory Board are carefully selected thought leaders who assist us in shaping and directing the conference content.

Click here to meet our advisory board

With African port infrastructure spend totalling over 50 Billion USD - currently underway in 10 major countries in Africa - African Ports is your gateway to the industry insiders currently facilitating these projects.
With the future of port efficiency and the focus on exponentially increasing container throughput, the focus has turned to developing `smart` ports, where the average start up investment is about $500 million on equipment and technology. Africa is on the brink of an exciting upgrade as no ports in Africa are currently fully automated.


THE STRATEGIC CONFERENCE WILL BE HIGHLY INTERACTIVE AND SOLUTIONS-FOCUSED. Panel discussions & round tables covering the following topics:
  • Enhancing port competitiveness while driving port collaboration
  • Understanding the benefits of the Port-City-Nexus: why ports should create reciprocal synergies with their surrounding communities
  • Using IT solutions to drive port efficiency, optimisation and cost control
  • Solving local capacity and skills gaps in the sector
  • Turning environmental impact challenges into opportunities
  • Promoting regional trade facilitation and boosting intra-African trade
  • Capacity development through driving local skills development
  • Exploring innovative ways that ports can generate revenue

CPD accreditation

CPD accreditation for ECSA registered engineers has been applied for through SAIMENA. This activity will carry 1 credit per day.

ECSA 250

Meet the 2016 partners

  • 3S Media
  • AB Logistics
  • Acrow
  • Exhibitor

  • African Business Central (ABC)
  • African Business Central (ABC) (2017)
  • African Cargo News
  • African Energy
  • Gold sponsor

  • Amsteele Systems
  • Platinum sponsor

    ARES Project Management LLC
  • AzonRail (Pty) Ltd
  • BBD Women in Steel
  • BBF Safety Group
  • Bedeschi
  • Bizcommunity
  • Botswana Chamber of Mines
  • BtoBrail.com
  • Bunker Squires
  • Cape Business News
  • Silver sponsor

    Capital Outsourcing Group (Pty) Ltd
  • Cargo Connections
  • Cargo Connections (2017)
  • Concrete Trends
  • Concrete.TV
  • Conductix-Wampfler
  • Construction Review
  • Department Of Environmental Affairs
  • DuPont
  • Durban Chamber of Commerce
  • Durban Convention Bureau
  • Elvey Security Technologies
  • Engineering News
  • Eqstra Materials Handling
  • Esaja.com
  • Esaja.com (2017)
  • eThekwini Maritime Cluster (EMC)
  • Silver sponsor

    eThekwini Municipality
  • export & import Southern Africa
  • Silver sponsor

    Export Credit Insurance Corporation of SA
  • Freightbook
  • Frost & Sullivan
  • Gautrain Management Agency
  • German Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (2017)
  • Global Africa Network
  • Hilti South Africa (Pty) Ltd
  • Hyster
  • ifm electronic (Pty) Ltd
  • Igus
  • Silver sponsor

  • INESFLY Africa
  • Infrastructurene.ws
  • Inhlanzeko Project Management Services (IPMS)
  • International Enterprise Singapore
  • Bronze sponsor

    International Road Transport Union
  • Kenya Engineer
  • Liebherr Maritime Cranes
  • Logistics Update Africa
  • Lucchini SA
  • Maputo Corridor Logistics Initiative (MCLI)
  • Maputo Corridor Logistics Initiative (MCLI) (2017)
  • Marechal Electric Africa
  • Bronze sponsor

    Marine Data Solutions
  • Marine Industry Association South Africa (MIASA)
  • Maritime Review Africa
  • Matchdeck
  • Minova
  • Navayuga Infotech S.A
  • Bronze sponsor

    Navayuga Infotech S.A
  • Silver sponsor

  • NUNGU Group
  • OMC International
  • Optic copper
  • Palisade EMEA & India
  • Plasser South Africa
  • Port Management Association of Eastern and Southern Africa (PMAESA)
  • Port Management Association of West and Central Africa (PMAWCA)
  • Ports & Ships
  • Ports Environmental Network-Africa
  • Project Cargo Network
  • PRomote Communication
  • PSA & TKD Cable Systems
  • Silver sponsor

    Radio Holland South Africa
  • RailRoad Association
  • Bronze sponsor

    Railway Safety Regulator South Africa
  • Railway-News
  • Railways Africa
  • Ramboll
  • Remacon
  • Rigging Academy of South Africa
  • Ronin Inventory Management Systems
  • SA - DRC Chamber of Commerce
  • SA Building Review
  • Sailors' Society SA
  • Bronze sponsor

  • Platinum sponsor
    Strategic partner

  • SICK Automation South Africa (Pty) Ltd
  • Siemens (Pty) Ltd
  • South African Association of Freight Forwarders (SAAFF)
  • South African Business Integrator
  • Southern African Shippers Transport and Logistics Council (SASTALC)
  • Specialist Freight Network
  • Supply Chain and Logistics Group (SCLG)
  • Tenova Mining and Minerals
  • The Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Agriculture and Professions of Pointe-Noire (CCIAM)
  • Silver sponsor

    The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA)
  • The International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) Africa Branch
  • Silver sponsor

    The Netherlands Embassy
  • The Pointe-Noire International Green Business Forum
  • The Southern African - Netherlands Chamber of Commerce
  • The Timken Company
  • Bronze sponsor

    ThyssenKrupp Materials Handling
  • To Build
  • Transnet National Port Authority
  • Transnet Port Terminals
  • Transport World Africa
  • Universal Freight Organisation
  • Walvis Bay Corridor Group
  • Walvis Bay Corridor Group (2017)
  • World Freight Network
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