Aiming Towards a More Integrated Africa: Leveraging on Technology to Improve Trade Flows Across the Continent
First published by Ziad Hamoui on 17th October 2017.
In order to gain maximum benefit from the use of technology for the development of trade flows across Africa, it is important to take a critical look at some of the main reasons that prevented the growth of Intra-African trade and the development of African economies beyond relying of the export of its natural resources in raw form and the import of finished products, including food.
The use of technology in development is not a new concept. In fact, the last decade has witnessed an explosion of technology-based, development-oriented...
Shippers, government, ocean carriers, logistics and port executives gather at TOC Durban event to address challenges of improving trade flows across Africa
15 September 2017
Agility, APM Terminals, Borderless Alliance, Dole South Africa, DP World Maputo, Dube TradePort, ICTSI DRC and Walvis Bay Corridor Group are among the latest confirmed to join the pan-African trade debate at inaugural TOC in Durban, December
Sihle Zikalala, MPL MEC for Economic Development, Tourism & Environmental Affairs for the Province of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), will open proceedings at the TOC Africa 2017 conference and networking event, taking place from 5-6 December at Durban ICC under the headline theme “Improving Trade Flows Across Africa.” KZN, along with Transnet -...
Les affréteurs, les gouvernements, les transporteurs maritimes, les entreprises de logistique et les responsables portuaires se réunissent lors de l’événement TOC Durban pour relever les défis posés par l’amélioration des échanges commerciaux à travers l’
15 Septembre 2017
Agility, APM Terminals, Borderless Alliance, Dole South Africa, DP World Maputo, Dube TradePort, ICTSI RDC et Walvis Bay Corridor Group sont parmi les derniers à avoir confirmé leur participation au débat commercial panafricain lors de l’inauguration du TOC à Durban, en décembre.
Sihle Zikalala, Membre du Comité exécutif pour le Développement économique, le Tourisme et les Affaires environnementales de la Province du KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), ouvrira les débats lors de la conférence TOC Africa 2017 et de l’événement de réseautage, qui se déroulera du 5 au 6 décembre à Durban ICC...
AFRICA RISING: Enabling Africa’s ports & port cities to drive the Continent's growth & development agenda
9 August 2017
An effective and productive port is a very important asset for any country, this is more important in Africa than in any other region of the world. 90% of trade within Africa happens by sea due to the underdeveloped regional road network and the higher propensity to import because of under utilised factory capacity.
Over the past few decades, the sub-Saharan Africa container market has been challenged by slow development of quality infrastructure which has led to long ship waiting times and in general the whole system has remained under developed in comparison to other port systems...
28 March 2017
A R15m maintenance dredging campaign by Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA)'s Dredging Services division will see the restoration of the design depths inside Duncan dock at the Port of Cape Town.
Port of Cape Town undergoes R15m maintenance dredging
The maintenance campaign, which began on 8 March 2017, is scheduled for completion by the end April 2017. The main objective of the dredging campaign is to ensure the Port of Cape Town provides safe navigational channels and berthing facilities for shipping by restoring the original design depths.
Two dredging vessels, the...
23 March 2017
When President Ismael Omar Guelleh visited Ethiopia this week it was the first official state visit for Djibouti’s premier. Surprisingly very few official state visits occurred between the two neighbors. The first official trip to Djibouti by Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn occurred in February 2015.
flagsAccording to political leaders of the two countries, even at the height of the two countries’ relations during the late PM of Ethiopia, Meles Zenawi, no official visit had taken place although there have always been various visits between the two heads of state both in...
22 March 2017
New carrier Djibouti Shipping Lines (DSL) plans to launch a container shuttle service in April connecting Djibouti to Berbera (Somaliland), according to Alphaliner.
The new service will act as a feeder for cargoes destined to or originating from Berbera, which are transhipped to and from international long-haul services calling at Djibouti.
It will be operated with one chartered vessel of 1,000 teu, whose name has not yet been announced, Alphaliner said in its weekly report.
The report said that DSL wants to build on the importance of Djibouti as a strategic hub port in the Gulf of...
21 March 2017
The government of Namibia has decided to operate rail company TransNamib on a commercial basis and is replacing its senior management.
TransNamib board of directors chairperson Paul Smit, said: “Running TransNamib unprofitably and contrary to well-established business principles cannot continue, and has to change. “Thus, the board has made special resolutions to implement its business plan with immediate effect, and appoint a new CEO as soon as possible.” Other new senior executives will also be appointed in the near future.
TransNamib has just received six new locomotives from...
20 March 2017
An electronic cargo tracking system has been introduced in East Africa to prevent theft and tampering, as well as speeding up freight transport times
The system has been adopted by the customs authorities of the East African Community (EAC) states at a cost of US$4.4M and so is presumably also motivated by a desire to maximise customs revenue.
Regional Electronic Cargo Tracking (RECT) will operate along the main transport artery between the Port of Mombasa, Nairobi, Kampala and as far west as Rwanda. The UK’s Department for International Development (DfID) financed the project...
20 March 2017
[EAST LONDON, South Africa, 20 March 2017] Collaboration between the Ports of East London and Ngqura, together with the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA), helped avert another potential maritime disaster in the Eastern Cape during the past week.
Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) successfully towed the BBC SHANGHAI, a 101 metre long general cargo vessel with 11 crew members on board, safely into the Port of East London on Friday, 17 March, after she suffered engine failure en route from Durban to Lagos.
One of TNPA’s powerful new tugs – SHASA – which has a...
Le KwaZulu-Natal et Transnet annoncent un partenariat avec TOC Events Worldwide pour la tenue du salon TOC AfricaLe KwaZulu-Natal et Transnet annoncent un partenariat avec TOC Events Worldwide pour la tenue du salon TOC Africa
Le KwaZulu-Natal, la plus grande province d’Afrique du Sud, et l’opérateur ferroviaire et portuaire national Transnet ont invité TOC Events à les rejoindre pour le lancement d’un prestigieux salon panafricain du commerce, du transport et de la logistique à Durban, en décembre 2017.
TOC Events Worldwide, la province du KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) et l’opérateur ferroviaire et portuaire sud-africain Transnet ont annoncé leur partenariat pour la tenue du TOC Africa, un événement d’envergure...
KZN & Transnet announce partnership with TOC Events Worldwide to run TOC Africa KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa’s biggest province, and national port and rail operator Transnet have invited TOC Events to launch a prestigious pan-African trade, transport and logistics show in Durban, December 2017
TOC Events Worldwide, the Province of KwaZuluNatal (KZN) and South African national port and rail network operator Transnet have announced that they will partner to run TOC Africa, an international trade, transport and logistics event, in Durban, December 2017.
Celebrating 40 years in 2016, TOC Events...
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