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EXHIBITION: Railways and Harbours Conference and Exhibition


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Countries in Africa are turning to South Africa to assist them in developing and maintaining critical infrastructure in transportation. Railways and harbours, in particular, form the backbone of any country or region’s economy.

South Africa has the suppliers, the original equipment manufacturers and expertise to not only supply equipment and services, but also to execute and oversee major projects within the rail and ports sectors.

“It may sound overly simplistic and obvious, but without efficient and reliable means of transportation, Africa’s vast mineral and agricultural wealth cannot be appropriately developed and exploited to best serve their respective communities. This conference and exhibition is the ideal opportunity for productive networking, partnership building and gleaning information on the latest technologies and global trends: from products and services through to effective project financing and investment,” says Phillippa Dean, an organiser of the forthcoming Railways and Harbours Conference and Exhibition in Johannesburg.

“This event has been structured to service the needs of our continent, and it is important for the players in these sectors to stay abreast of all the unfolding developments” she added.

Numerous representatives from countries all over Africa will be attending, including Ambassador Roger Ballard-Tremeer of the Angola Chamber of Commerce, who will also present a paper on Angola’s ports and railways.

Importantly, the mining sector will be the focus of special attention at this year’s conference and exhibition – and not only because there are more kilometres of railway underground than on the surface. The fact is that if we don’t continue to invest wisely in infrastructure and rolling stock, mines will either face having to manage a non-core asset or our rail sector won’t be able to meet the demands of the mining industry. Neither of these scenarios will do the economy any good. This applies not only to South Africa but to the whole continent.

The Railways and Harbours Conference and Exhibition will take place from the 6 to 8 April 2011 in the recently renovated Johannesburg Expo Centre.

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