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Africa Update

AfDB Approves $US3.04 Million Grant For Feasibility Studies In Central Africa

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a $US3.04 million grant to assist the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) to undertake studies for the Kribi-Campo-Baba Multinational...

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Capacity Upgrade at Congo Terminal with the Acquisition Of Two New STS Gantries

The acquisition of two new gantries for the Republic of the Congo’s Congo Terminal will enable the loading and off-loading of ships with a capacity of up to 16,000 containers. Added to the four...

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Railways Africa Magazine Issue 5:2016

The upcoming issue 5:2016 of Railways AfricaTM Magazine brings you news from some of the industry’s most exciting events locally and abroad including InnoTrans, Transport Forum, GARA and the Rail...

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Eseka Train Accident – Speed May Be The Cause

Following preliminary investigations into the fatal train accident at Eseka, Cameroon on 21 October, officials from Bolloré have indicated that the initial assumption that overcrowding may be the...

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Cameroon - National Day Of Mourning For Victims Of Train Accident

At midday on the 21 October, a passenger train carrying 1,300 people towards the town of Eseka, 120km west of the Cameroonian capital of Yaoundé, derailed resulting in hundreds injured and more than...

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AfDB Delegation Hold Talks with Officials from Zambia and DRC to Identify and Address Cross-Border Trade Challenges

The African Development Bank’s (AfDB) Zambia Field Office, in conjunction with the Regional Department of Integration and Trade, concluded a working visit, to Lubumbashi in the Democratic Republic of...

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Swedish Delegation Tours Trade Facilitation Projects In Southern Tanzania

A Swedish delegation led by the director general for trade in the Swedish Ministry Foreign Affairs, Karin Olofsdotter, and the director general for international development cooperation, Johannes...

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The First Meeting of the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) Technical Working Groups

The African Union Commission has organised the First Meeting of the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) Technical Working Groups from 6 to 17 February in Kigali, Rwanda. The objectives of the meeting...

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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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TAZARA’s Turnaround Strategy Continues To Bear Fruit

The Tanzania Zambia Railway Authority (TAZARA) continues to make gains in implementing their turnaround strategy under the directorship of Bruno Ching'andu. The operator recently announced that they...

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AIIM Acquires A Majority Share In DSM Corridor Group Tanzania

African Infrastructure Investment Managers (AIIM), a leading African infrastructure equity investment manager and member of Old Mutual Alternative Investments (OMAI), has announced the successful...

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Tanzania Awards Tender For Standard Gauge Railway Project

The Tanzanian Ministry of Works, Transport and Communication has awarded a tender for the construction of a section of the country’s ambitious standard gauge railway project (SGR) to a joint venture...

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Africa’s First High-Speed Railway Line Due To Commence Operations In June Next Year

Construction of the first commercial high-speed railway line in Africa is well underway in Morocco, with testing and commissioning work scheduled to commence next month. Commercial services are set to...

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Addis Ababa-Djibouti Railway Officially Completed

The completion of the Addis Ababa-Djibouti Railway, a 752km track linking Ethiopia's capital with the Port of Djibouti, was officially marked at a ceremony held on 10 January at Nagad Railway Station...

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Progress Rail Signs Contract With Tunisian Railways for 20 EMD Locomotives

As part of an effort to improve infrastructure in North Africa and the Middle East, Progress Rail, a Caterpillar company, announced on 8 December that it has been selected by the Tunisian...

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Changing the Way Railway Projects Are Executed With ARES PRISM

Global project management leaders, ARES PRISM, will be featured in the upcoming issue of Railways AfricaTM Magazine (6:2016), due for release soon. The company is currently providing project...

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Morocco Plans to Partner With China to Construct a New Industrial City

Morocco is currently planning to develop a new economic hub in the north of the country, with the assistance of development organisations and Chinese multinationals, including the international...

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Railways Africa Magazine Issue 5:2016

The upcoming issue 5:2016 of Railways AfricaTM Magazine brings you news from some of the industry’s most exciting events locally and abroad including InnoTrans, Transport Forum, GARA and the Rail...

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Transport Minister Highlights The Dire State Of NRZ

Zimbabwean minister for transport, Joram Gumbo, has told senate that the country’s state-owned railway operator, the National railway of Zimbabwe (NRZ) is in dire need of recapitalisation. According...

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PRASA Board Disbanded

South African Minister of Transport, Dipuo Peters, announced in parliament today that the board of directors of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) have been relieved of their duties,...

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Botswana CEO Axed After Train Derailment

Botswana Railways (BR) chief executive officer, Dominic Ntwaagae has been relieved of his post by the minister of transport and communications, Kitso Mokaila, following a train derailment that...

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PRASA Austerity Measures Will See A Trimmer Senior Management Team

According to the United National Transport Union (UNTU), the Passenger Agency of South Africa (PRASA) will be implementing austerity measures that will see a smaller senior management team in the...

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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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Green Shoots Appearing For SA Manufacturing

New research by the Manufacturing Circle suggests that investment in this critical sector of the economy will lift in the first quarter of this year. The Manufacturing Circle Investment Tracker...

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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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Nigerian Federal Government Releases $US235 Million For Lagos To Ibadan Railway Project

The Federal Government of Nigeria has released N72 billion (approximately $US235 million) in counterpart funding for the construction of the Lagos to Ibadan Railway Modernisation Project. Nigerian...

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NPA, Customs Collaborate To Unveil Single Window At Ports

To promote trade, the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) are collaborating to introduce the much-awaited Single Window (SW) platform at the ports.  The two...

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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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AFRICA ENERGY INDABA 2017 brings together Africa’s leading women in energy

The third annual Women in Energy conference, organised by the Africa Energy Indaba, will bring together Africa’s leading women in the energy sector on Monday 20###sup/sup### February at the Sandton...

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AECOM Appoints New Strategy And Growth Director For Africa

AECOM appointed Fadzai Nyamasve as the strategy and growth director for Africa from 1 January 2017. Nyamasve previously served as AECOM’s strategic projects director for buildings and places, and as...

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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,...