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Toc Africa

5-6 December 2017 | Durban ICC, South Africa

Conference, Exhibition & Networking Event

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Why attend?

Improving trade flows across Africa: Along with economic growth comes increased pressure on supply chain infrastructure, creating challenging business conditions and difficulty in matching supply with demand. Meeting that demand across Africa's diverse physical, economic, and political conditions requires creativity and flexibility with supply chain solutions.

 

Funding infrastructure projects in Africa: The region’s significant growth has taken place in a landscape where transport costs are considerably higher than in other regions and where the transport network is still under developed. But today, a host of nations are lining up to invest in African infrastructure including the USA, Japan and of course China. The possibilities are limitless as improvements to infrastructure and connectivity will allow increased trade within Africa

 

How will the landscape of port infrastructure look in the future? To support competitiveness in the global economy, it is essential that ports and terminals expand, upgrade, modernize and maintain transportation infrastructure. After two decades of dynamic growth and foreign direct investment into Latin America, many countries have made substantial progress in improving port infrastructure.

 

Africa’s logistics hinterland: Developing hinterland connectivity is vital for the African region. The need for a continuous flow of cargo and the integration of land and sea logistics network becomes essential given the increasing size of vessels calling at African ports and continued global economic growth in the region.

 

Africa’s logistics clusters: Often developed with ports and airports, a host of supply chain players including transportation companies, 3PL’s, manufacturers, distributors, retailers and real estate developers are coming together to develop logistics clusters across the Continent.

 

Africa’s trade corridors: Africa has the highest transport costs in the world, accounting for more than 20% of the total imported price of goods within landlocked countries. An efficient transport corridor can transform trade by connecting hubs of economic activity and areas of potential growth along its alignment.

 

Africa’s logistics hubs: Logistics hubs are being developed across the country to become key crossroads of trans-African transport corridors running from north to south and from east to west. A logistics hub means improved accessibility to markets, enhanced reliability, reduced transport costs, economies of scale, enhanced efficiency and production capacity.

Key Sessions

IMPROVING TRADE FLOW ACROSS AFRICA: TODAY'S REALITIES

Along with economic growth comes increased pressure on supply chain infrastructure, creating challenging business conditions and difficulty in matching supply with demand. Meeting that demand across Africa's diverse physical, economic, and political conditions requires creativity and flexibility with supply chain solutions.

 

IMPROVING TRADE FLOW ACROSS AFRICA: TOMORROW’S VISION

With the region’s increasing demand for fast-moving consumer goods, e-commerce entities are making great progress in a number of countries across the Continent. These businesses are however dependent on road infrastructure for delivery and a lot of improvement is needed to support the continuing growth of e-commerce.

    

AFRICA'S LOGISTICS HUBS

Nearly 90% of international trade is ocean freight, and several African ports are in the race to be their respective region’s hub port. Logistics hubs are being developed across the country to become key crossroads of trans-African transport corridors running from north to south and from east to west.

A logistics hub means improved accessibility to markets, enhanced reliability, reduced transport costs, economies of scale, enhanced efficiency and production capacity. Hubs at Nairobi in Kenya, Addis Ababa in Ethiopia and Johannesburg in South Africa are starting to increase connectivity there.

 

AFRICA’S LOGISTICS HINTERLAND

The next phase in Africa's transportation transformation will likely focus on efforts to grow hinterland connectivity. Developing this type of connectivity is vital for the African region. The need for a continuous flow of cargo and the integration of land and sea logistics network becomes essential given the increasing size of vessels calling at African ports and continued global economic growth in the region. Rail and roads – with all their respective advantages – are competing to provide the continent with an infrastructure to forge links with the various ports across the continent.

 

AFRICA'S TRADE CORRIDORS

Africa has the highest transport costs in the world, accounting for more than 20% of the total imported price of goods within landlocked countries. Inefficient transportation restricts business activity, global competitiveness and intra-regional trade. An efficient transport corridor can transform trade by connecting hubs of economic activity and areas of potential growth along its alignment.

 

AFRICA’S LOGISTICS CLUSTERS

Often developed with ports and airports, a host of supply chain players including transportation companies, 3PL’s, manufacturers, distributors, retailers and real estate developers are coming together to develop logistics clusters across the Continent. Logistics clusters have become the focal point of large volumes of freight. This efficient movement of cargo leads to lower transportation costs and higher service levels which thereby attracts additional companies to the cluster and creates a positive cycle. Africa is in a prime position to harness and develop more logistics clusters and emulate some of the large industrial clusters from around the world such as creating its own Silicon Valley.

           

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