Tanzania Transport Minister Mwakyembe to Open 4th East & Central Africa Roads & Rail Summit 2013

Hon. Dr. Harrison G. Mwakyembe, Tanzania’s Minister of Transport, will take the lead once again at the commencement of the 4th East & Central Africa Roads & Rail Infrastructure Summit 2013 on August 20-21 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Online PR News – 02-August-2013 – Singapore – Minister Mwakyembe will deliver the keynote speech to open this fourth edition of the Roads & Rail Infrastructure Summit, which will feature presentations by a distinguished panel of transportation authorities including: Mr Bakire-Nzoyisaba Vincent, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transports, Publics Works and Equipment, Burundi; Mr Saston Muzenda, Acting Director for Policy, Planning & Coordination, Ministry of Transport, Communications and Infrastructure Development, Zimbabwe; Mr Pierrot Kasonga, Director of Regional Planning and Transport Economist, Ministry of Planning, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC); Mr Charles Opio Owalu, Assistant Commissioner, Policy & Planning, Ministry of Works and Transport, Uganda; Mr Fernando José Mausse, Director, Railways, Mozambique Ports & Railways (CFM); Mr Yehualaeshet Jemere, Chief Officer, Construction and Project Execution Department, Ethiopian Railways Corporation (ERC); Mr Sion Haworth, Policy Adviser, Ministry of Works and Transport, Uganda; Mr Yetimgeta Asrat, Regional Roads Support Team Leader, Ethiopian Roads Authority (ERA)

Private sector representatives that will be sharing the 2013 Roads & Rail platform include: Mr Howard Rosen, Chairman, Rail Working Group (RWG); Mr Boaz Makomere, National Chairman, Kenya International Freight and Warehousing Association (KIFWA) and Board Member, Federation of East African Freight Forwarders Associations (FEAFFA); Mr Robert Voskuilen, Manager, Infrastructure Development Fund, FMO; Mr Arvind Khare, Additional Member, Railway Board, Ministry of Railways, India and Previous CEO, Sena Railway Line, Mozambique; Ms Mari Pennanen, Business Development Director, DSM Corridor Group; Mr Klaus Findt, Partner, Global Infrastructure - Africa, KPMG; among several others.

Event exhibitor Initio Earth Sciences Tanzania Ltd’s Sales & Marketing Manager, Mr Sven van Duffelen, said: “The key to ‘opening’ up Africa lies within the ability to advance the road and rail infrastructure across the continent and to realize its potential growth. At IES, we believe the 4th East & Central Africa Roads & Rail Infrastructure Summit will provide invaluable insight into the infrastructure development in the region and define the key role our firm will play moving forward.”

The 2013 Summit is endorsed by the Ministry of Transport (MoT), Tanzania and the Tanzania Zambia Railway Authority (TAZARA), and supported by the Railway Working Group (RWG).

Sponsors of the 2013 Summit include Bitumina Refined Oil Products and Mota Engil Africa.

The CEO of the conference organizing company, Magenta Global Pte Ltd, Singapore, Ms Maggie Tan, said: “Improving transportation and logistics infrastructure is key to the economic development of the region. The Summit will facilitate the exchange of fresh information, present new projects and engage industry stakeholders on viable project models for sustainable development of the transport infrastructure in East & Central Africa.” Ms Tan encouraged all companies and organizations to contribute to the development of this sector by being part of this key event.

The event will be held at the Serena Hotel in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

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