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Africa Update

UPDATE: African Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) Reached

As reported by Railways AfricaTM in November 2016, a number of African countries have made significant strides in adopting the World Trade Organisation’s (WTO) Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA)....

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Bolloré Transport And Logistics Awarded On International Customs Day

The World Customs Organisation (WCO) recognised the uniqueness and professionalism of the Bolloré Transport and Logistics teams in the Central African Republic (CAR). Through its high level of...

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COMESA Call For Research Papers: Boosting Intra-African Trade

The importance of boosting intra-African trade has gained significant impetus in shaping continental development strategies since the signing of the Abuja Treaty at the 8th African Union Summit of...

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Global and national energy experts prepare to attend the annual Africa Energy Indaba 2017 following #AfricaAtDavos

World Economic Forum followers of 2017 reported that this year’s event saw a shift in the way Africa was perceived at Davos.  Discussions were particularly focused opportunities for business and...

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AFRICA ENERGY INDABA 2017 launches Africa Utility Forum to boost growth of energy projects in the region

South Africa has been seeking foreign investment to help drive sluggish economic growth and used the World Economic Forum 2017 platform last week to market the country as a favourable investment...

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World Bank Forecasts Industrial Commodities Prices to Surge in 2017

The World Bank is forecasting strong gains for industrial commodities such as energy and metals in 2017, due to tightening supply and strengthening demand.  In its January 2017 Commodity Markets...

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World Bank Extends $US780 Million For Tanzania’s Development Projects

The World Bank has recently extended loans amounting to $US780 million to be used for several new public amenities and infrastructure projects in Tanzania. The three agreements were signed in Dar es...

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Kenya Railways Request For Tenders

The Kenya Railways (KRC) invites suitably qualified applicants to submit sealed bids for the provision of consultancy services for master planning and survey of the proposed state of the art railway...

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Assembly Calls For Urgent Remittances By East Africa Partner States

According to a statement issued by the East Africa Legislative Assembly (EALA), the activities of the East Africa Community (EAC) are perpetually grinding to a halt – unless immediate remedial...

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Construction Initiated On The Garsen-Witu-Lamu Road

Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyata has officially launched construction on the long-awaited Garsen-Witu-Lamu road, signalling major progress for the Port of Luma project. The road construction is being...

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Government Delegation Undertakes A Site Visit Of The Awash-Kombolcha-Hara Gebeya Railway Project

Ethiopian state minister Getachew Mengistie Alemu, together with a government delegation, recently conducted a site tour of the Awash-Kombolcha-Hara Gebeya Railway Project, currently being implemented...

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TAZARA Council Of Ministers Calls For More Action From Board Of Directors

The Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority (TAZARA) Council of Ministers (CoM), comprising the ministers responsible for transport, finance and industry in Tanzania and Zambia, held their 62nd meeting in...

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Middle East Rail Highlights Industry Growth in MENA Region

The Middle East Rail conference and exhibition, which took place on 7 and 8 March in Dubai, has highlighted the strength of the rail industry in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). The event is...

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UPDATE: African Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) Reached

As reported by Railways AfricaTM in November 2016, a number of African countries have made significant strides in adopting the World Trade Organisation’s (WTO) Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA)....

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Tunisia’s SNCFT Secures A $US73 Million Loan For New Rolling Stock

The Moroccan Attijari Bank has signed a TND167 million ($US73 million) loan agreement with the Tunisian Société Nationale des Chemins de Fer Tunisiens (SNCF) for the acquisition of 20 locomotives from...

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COMESA Call For Research Papers: Boosting Intra-African Trade

The importance of boosting intra-African trade has gained significant impetus in shaping continental development strategies since the signing of the Abuja Treaty at the 8th African Union Summit of...

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Testing Starts On Extreme High-Speed Trains In Morocco

A consignment of TGV high-speed trains has arrived from France at the Port of Tangiers and will be deployed on a new high-speed line currently under construction between Tangiers and Kenitra on...

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Global and national energy experts prepare to attend the annual Africa Energy Indaba 2017 following #AfricaAtDavos

World Economic Forum followers of 2017 reported that this year’s event saw a shift in the way Africa was perceived at Davos.  Discussions were particularly focused opportunities for business and...

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TransNamib Sets Themselves Up For A Profitable Future

Namibia’s state-owned railway operator, TransNamib, has recently received six new locomotives from General Electric’s Brazilian manufacturing site, at a cost of $US28.2 million. The new locomotives,...

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South African Company Among The Finalists For The Swedish Steel Prize, 2017

Truly innovative design concepts pushing utilisation of high-strength steels to the limits characterise this year’s four finalists for the Swedish Steel Prize. The winner will be announced at a...

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Passengers Stranded After Steam Train Derails

At least 500 passengers were stranded between Pretoria and Cullinan on 21 March, when the popular recreational train, the Diamond Express steam train, derailed. The train, operated by rail heritage...

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Mozambican President Visits Japan Yurikamome Station

During a visit to the Tokyo’s Yurikamome station, Japan, Mozambican president, Filipe Nysui announced that the government may consider urban railway services as a possible solution to the country’s...

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Mervyn Naidoo Appointed Group CEO Of ACTOM

Mervyn Naidoo has been appointed Group CEO of ACTOM with effect from March 1. Naidoo, formerly the divisional chief executive officer of ACTOM’s LH Marthinusen division, succeeds Mark Wilson,...

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Siyabonga Gama Tells CNN About Future Plans

Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama was recently interviewed on ‘CNN Marketplace Africa’. Responsible for delivering thousands of tonnes of goods around the country, Transnet are the biggest logistic...

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Free Train Rides For Stranded Air Passengers In Abuja, Nigeria

Following the planned closure of the Abuja International Airport in early March, the Nigerian Federal government has to make alternative travel arrangement for air passengers accessing airport...

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Ghana To Fast Track Their Industrialisation Plans

Finance minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, recently disclosed to local media that the Ghanaian government intends to embark on an aggressing plan to capitalise on the country’s mineral wealth – particularly in...

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Nigeria Starts Construction On The Lagos-Ibadan Line

Following the approval of loan agreements between the government of Nigeria and the Export-Import Bank of China - reported by Railways AfricaTM in January of this year -  Nigeria’s acting...

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UPDATE: African Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) Reached

As reported by Railways AfricaTM in November 2016, a number of African countries have made significant strides in adopting the World Trade Organisation’s (WTO) Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA)....

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DP World Chairman Highlights Value Of Trade At World Government Summit

On the opening day of the World Government Summit, discussions between DP World group chairman and CEO Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem and Senegalese president Macky Sall focused on long-term partnerships...

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Ghana’s Railway Development Minister Promises National Railway Revitalisation

The Ghanaian minister of railways development, Joe Ghartey has pledged to work diligently to restore Ghana's railway sector, with the aim of transforming the country’s economy. The minister gave this...

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International Rail News

Alstom’s Hydrogen Train Coradia ILint First Successful Run At 80km/h

Alstom has successfully performed the first test run of the world’s only fuel cell passenger train, the Coradia iLint, on the company’s test track in Salzgitter, Lower Saxony (Germany). An...

Brazil Launches Infrastructure Concession Plan

Brazilian president, Michel Temer, recently announced that his government will be pursuing an infrastructure concessions programme that aims to raise $US14.6 billion in investment for building and...

Hack To The Future: Global Showdown In Montréal

From Cambridge to Cape Town, Santiago to Stockholm, more than 25 cities around the world are hosting transport hackathons, with the winners set to meet for a showdown at the upcoming UITP Global...

Alstom And NTL Launch Aptis, A New, 100% Electric Experience Of Mobility

Alstom and NTL presented Aptis, an innovative mobility solution, on 9 March in Duppigheim (Alsace, France). As cities are looking for smarter, more efficient and connected means of transportation,...