A new show set to start
TransAfrica – the latest addition to the transport, infrastructure and investment expo family – will hold its inaugural event at the Expo Centre, Nasrec, Johannesburg, from October 1 to 4.
Gary Corin, director of Umthombo Exhibitions, Events and Promotions, explains what the show is all about: “We’re proud to announce the launch of an expo that brings together key stakeholders and addresses the future growth of and investment in transport and related infrastructure in Africa.” Fitting, as the world has its eye on Africa as a promising opportunity with potential exponential growth.
The event has received full support from the South African Department of Transport with our Minister of Transport, Dipuo Peters, invited to provide a keynote address at the opening ceremony. It is anticipated that chief executives, senior managers, senior government officials and ministers from all over Africa will attend the conference themed: “Revitalising the transport sector on the African continent”.
Corin adds: “The conference will advance knowledge and bridge the gap between all sectors of the transport industry.” With a focus on ports, railways, shipping and pipelines, the first day will see CEOs from leading transport operators discussing global industry trends. Break-away sessions will include discussions around infrastructure and development, as well as key issues in aviation, pipelines and shipping.
A look at the status quo on the African roads, passenger and freight network, harmonising the integration of SADC borders, as well as the critical role of corporate social responsibility within the transport sector, will be the focus on the second day of the TransAfrica Conference. Areas of focus during the break-away sessions will include the empowerment of women in transport, the impact of proposed transport laws as well as logistics and the energy sector.
The final day of the conference will address the issues of youth employment, skills development and procurement across the transport value chain, as well as the role that government plays in empowering the growth of SMEs. Finally, speakers will also address risk management and security and discuss how innovative technology solutions can address the requirements of the transportation industry.
“This event will provide the ideal platform to learn how to take advantage of the expected growth in transport infrastructure and investment,” says Corin. “We look forward to launching this critical industry event, which is set to become a leading annual fixture on the South Africa transport industry events calendar.”