Port Finance InternationalAmsterdam 2015
Unlocking the Bottlenecks inAfrica's Ports
8 & 9 October 2015| Crowne Plaza, Amsterdam City Centre
Unlocking the Bottlenecks through Port Developments
- A Focus on Africa
Ports around the globe are planningexpansions to respond to the growth and changing patterns (such as vessel size)of containerized maritime trade and to the development needs of theirhinterland economies. Global trade is on the rise again, driven by growth inthe emerging economies. Inadequate container port infrastructure can be asevere logistics bottleneck and a constraint on growth. Efficiency and capacityneed to increase in step with demand. At the same time, port policy makers andterminal operators have to match capacity to demand carefully to avoid costlyoverinvestment, a task complicated by rapid technological change in shippingmarkets with the introduction of larger vessels, fluctuating fuel prices andrestructuring through mergers and alliances.
Large-scale port projects have irreversibleeffects on land use and multiple impacts on the local economy and localcommunity. They affect the way that the regional and national economy operatesas a whole, not just in the vicinity of the port, with major impacts onregional transport systems. Port planners make better decisions when thesebroad impacts are examined as part of the development of a national freight transportand logistics strategy. Private investment in port terminals is alsofacilitated by the certainty engendered by these strategies. Decisions toinvest in new container ports need, in particular, to take careful account offorecasts of hinterland demand for containerized trade, the broader context ofevolving maritime transport markets, competition between ports, the developmentof port hinterland transport infrastructure, community attitudes towards porttraffic and environmental issues. 1
A well-developed transport infrastructure iscritical for the efficient functioning of an economy. It facilitates trade byreducing the cost and time of moving goods to where there is a market for it;it also makes it possible for people to travel, or to move to regions wherethere are jobs available. Good transport infrastructure and services have amassive impact on productivity and economic development. The lack of goodtransport infrastructure is, however, a key constraint to economic developmentin Africa.
In order for Africa to fully achieve itseconomic growth potential, a significant improvement in the quality and scaleof its infrastructure is required. The need to upgrade and expandinfrastructure does, however, represent a significant opportunity for internationalinvestors looking to develop and finance infrastructure in Africa and share inthe benefits this can bring. There are several projects in the pipeline, withthe involvement of both government and private sector. For investors anddevelopers willing to take on risk, these offer potentially lucrativeinvestment opportunities.
Port Finance International Amsterdam on 8& 9 October 2015, held in association with the Port of AmsterdamInternational and the NABC (Netherlands-African Business Council) will addresscurrent issues and challenges in port and related infrastructure capacities,user and investor expectations and how the African region as a whole is gearingup to attract more international investments. Project updates on greenfield and expansion projects will be showcased for potential investmentopportunities in African ports and related infrastructure. In addition,strategies for operational efficiencies, congestion management and technologysolutions will also be discussed.
Confirmedspeakers to date:
· Gert-Jan Nieuwenhuizen,Managing Director, Port of Amsterdam International
· Omar Suleiman, Ex.Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority
· Peter VotkjaerJorgensen, Head of Africa Port Investments, APMT
· Jan Kamphuisen,Director Europe and Africa, ControlRisks
· Johny M. Smith, ChiefExecutive Officer, Walvis Bay
· Marco Pluijm, ManagerPort and Marine Infrastructure Sector, Bechtel Corporation
· Steven Boukaert,Director, MTBS
· Ahmed Lotfi, GeneralManager, LA-Skills (Morocco)
· AlecMartin?Principal Consultant - Impact Assessment and Planning, ERM
· Andrew Webster,Partner, JLT
· Jean-Philippe Paquin,Principal Consultant, CPCS - Principal Consultant, Copticom - StrategyConsultant, MCS Expertise
· Michel Donner, SeniorAdvisor, Drewry
· Edwin Dekker, Owner,Partner and Associate, Seaport Group International
· Gunther Ginckels,Business Partner, InduStraems
· Victor Langenberg,Senior Advisor, Deltares
· Richard Morton,Secretary General, IPCSA - International Port Community Systems Association
· Marieke Vavier,Consultant/Trainer, Port Solutions Rotterdam
· Remmelt Thijs,Senior Consultant, TBA
Who should attend?
· Government/Ministries(of Transport/Logistics/Trade/Finance)
· Port Authorities
· Port & TerminalOperators
· Shipping Lines
· Railway, Logistics& Freight Forwarding Companies
· Shipyard Operators
· Finance Sector (Banks,Investment Funds, Multilateral Development Banks/Regional
· DevelopmentBanks/International Financial Institutions)
· EPC Contractors
· Strategic Think-tanks
· Port & TerminalService and Equipment Suppliers