17th Intermodal Africa Exhibition & Conference kicks off in Cape Town


The biggest annual container ports and terminal operations exhibition and conference, Intermodal Africa, kicks off today 18 April 2017 in Cape Town, South Africa.

The 17th Intermodal Africa 2017 Exhibition & Conference, is hosted by Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA), the biggest Ports Authority in the region. Africa’s maritime trade outlook and development strategies for the region’s freight transport market will come under the spotlight at the event.

The two-day programme at the Southern Sun Cape Sun hotel will feature more than 35 conference speakers addressing current trends, topical issues, and challenges on global transportation and logistics.

The event also provides South Africa the opportunity to showcase its upgraded infrastructure for handling larger vessels and higher volumes of containers, and bring them up to speed on what TNPA is doing to enhance trade in the region.

TNPA chief executive, Richard Vallihu said “The past five years have seen unprecedented investment in our port, rail and pipeline infrastructure as Transnet rolls out its market demand strategy (MDS). Intermodal Africa provides an opportunity for us to report on the progress we have achieved in terms of expanding and modernising our infrastructure to drive economic growth as well as to promote regional integration with South Africa serving as a transhipment hub.”

“The event places South Africa as a strategic investment hub and will help retain and attract global trade and enable the country to play a key role in the African Renaissance.”

Some of the participants for the event include senior government officials, industry principals and decision makers, harbour masters, port engineers, supply chain executives, academics, railway operators, port equipment and services suppliers from countries throughout Eastern and Southern Africa.

Confirmed speakers include representatives of The Ports Regulator of South Africa, Ports Management Association of Eastern and Southern Africa (PMAESA), Transnet National Ports Authority, Transnet Freight Rail, Transnet Port Terminals, Kenya Ports Authority, Port Reunion, WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff, HPC Hamburg Port Consulting among others.