Africa Update

AfDB and GEF boost renewable energy projects across Africa and urban planning in Cameroon

On April 15 The Global Environment Facility (GEF) announced the approval of $US18 million in funding for two projects co-financed with the African Development Bank (AfDB). The funding is earmarked for...

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The future of Africa lies inside Africa

At the first ever Global Infrastructure Forum in Washington DC on 16 April, African Development Bank (AfDB) President Akinwumi Adesina made his position on localisation in Africa clear: "If we...

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Despite China’s decline in procurements, the demand for electric locomotives remains on a growth course at EUR4.6 billion worldwide

China‘s rail freight transport is on the decline, which in turn, is affecting the procurement of new electric locomotives. Despite this development, Asia remains the largest market, driven by India...

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DRC joins Northern Corridor

The Democratic Republic of Congo has announced its decision to join the Northern Corridor Integration projects as full member during the next summit. The announcement was made by DRC minister of...

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China & Africa in figures

China's trade with countries in Africa has grown about ten times in the last ten years. Total value will possibly reach $US300 billion in 2015, according to the fourth China-Africa Industrial Forum at...

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SA optimistic about trade with Gabon

A South African business delegation visited Gabon and Cameroon late in November. In Gabon it participated in an Outward Trade and Investment Mission (OSim), the SA Department of Trade and Industry...

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Grindrod in Cameroon

South African loco manufacturer Grindrod has opened an office in Cameroon. This follows the delivery of nine locomotives to Camrail, the Bolloré group concessionaire which operates railways in the...

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Six New Locos For Gabon

Société d'Exploitation du Transgabonais (Setrag), the state railway of Gabon, is taking delivery of six new locomotives - part of a long-term modernisation of the country's freight rail operations....

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African Growth Outpacing Global Average

The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, in their Economic Insight: Africa Q3 2015 report, provide a snapshot of the region's economic performance focusing specifically on Kenya,...

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CAMEROON REFURBISHING

The 22nd ordinary session of Comifer, Cameroon’s inter-ministerial committee for railway infrastructure, met in Yaounde on 7 August 2015, for a progress report on projects. Minister of transport...

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AfDB and GEF boost renewable energy projects across Africa and urban planning in Cameroon

On April 15 The Global Environment Facility (GEF) announced the approval of $US18 million in funding for two projects co-financed with the African Development Bank (AfDB). The funding is earmarked for...

Read More

The future of Africa lies inside Africa

At the first ever Global Infrastructure Forum in Washington DC on 16 April, African Development Bank (AfDB) President Akinwumi Adesina made his position on localisation in Africa clear: "If we...

Read More

Despite China’s decline in procurements, the demand for electric locomotives remains on a growth course at EUR4.6 billion worldwide

China‘s rail freight transport is on the decline, which in turn, is affecting the procurement of new electric locomotives. Despite this development, Asia remains the largest market, driven by India...

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The Africa Regional Index report launched in Addis Ababa

It has often been stated that economic integration is a key component of economic transformation for developing countries, however up until recently no mechanisms existed to systemically measure how...

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Huawei to build railway operational communications network for Kenya

China-based communications company Huawei announced that it has been awarded a contract to build a train-to-ground communications solution, fully integrated with train signal systems, for Kenya's...

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Trade and Investment Mission to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

If you have been keeping up with Railways Africa online or in print you should be aware of the opportunities in the rail sector in Tanzania. The dti (department of Trade and Industry) invites...

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Kenya Request For Expression Of Interest (EOI)

Kenya Railways is looking for a transaction advisor - with regards to the procurement process for an operator for the Mombasa – Nairobi standard gauge railway (SGR) under development For more...

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Agreement signed between Kenya and the China Communications Construction Company (CCCC)

Kenya has signed an agreement with the China Communications Construction Company (CCCC) for the construction of the Naivasha to Malaba Standard Gauge Railway line under the Kenya SGR Developments...

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Dar es Salam Port experiencing substantial traffic slump

Dar es Salaam Port has recently been investing heavily in infrastructure and other projects to enhance its efficiency. The facility has, however, been experiencing a significant decline in...

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Rail development project leads to lions escaping in Nairobi

A road and rail development project which runs through Nairobi National Park has resulted in two escape lions being killed by park rangers following a lion attack which resulted in a local resident...

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AfDB and GEF boost renewable energy projects across Africa and urban planning in Cameroon

On April 15 The Global Environment Facility (GEF) announced the approval of $US18 million in funding for two projects co-financed with the African Development Bank (AfDB). The funding is earmarked for...

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The future of Africa lies inside Africa

At the first ever Global Infrastructure Forum in Washington DC on 16 April, African Development Bank (AfDB) President Akinwumi Adesina made his position on localisation in Africa clear: "If we...

Read More

Despite China’s decline in procurements, the demand for electric locomotives remains on a growth course at EUR4.6 billion worldwide

China‘s rail freight transport is on the decline, which in turn, is affecting the procurement of new electric locomotives. Despite this development, Asia remains the largest market, driven by India...

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South Korean loan to Egypt

In the course of a signing ceremony of nine cooperation agreements on 3 March, South Korea agreed to a loan to be made to the Egyptian railway authority. This followed a summit meeting between...

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Algeria reduces intercity fares

Société Nationale des Transports Ferroviares (SNTF - the state railway of Algeria) has announced that ticket fares for some Algerian intercity lines are being reduced. This reduction, as much...

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African economic summit in Egypt

More than 1,200 delegates, including heads-of-state, attended a two-day African economic summit in Egypt which ended on 21 February. African Export-Import Bank president Benedict Oramah was quoted...

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Algerian-Chinese Joint Venture

China Railway Construction Corporation (CRCC) and Algeria’s national company of railway construction (Infrafer) have created a joint venture for the construction of railway track. The agreement was...

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Algiers metro extensions

A consortium of Colas Rail and Algerian partner Kou GC has been awarded two contracts by the Algiers Metro Company (EMA) with a total value of €168 million for work on two extensions of the Algiers...

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AfDB loan to Morocco

The 143km of railway between Settat and Marrakech is to be doubled, financed with a loan of $US112.3 million from the African Development Bank (AfDB). Office National des Chemins de fer (ONCF – the...

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China building new light rail in Egypt

A new 70km light rail electric system is to be built in Egypt with 12 stations and trains running up to 120kmph.  Design, tracklaying and trial operation is to be undertaken by Chinese companies....

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Mozambique Transport Development Seminar – Investment opportunities for South African Business

On 20 April, the South Africa-Mozambique Chamber of Commerce hosted the Mozambique Transport Infrastructure Development Seminar in Sandton, Johannesburg. The event, sponsored by Norton Rose Fulbright,...

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AfDB and GEF boost renewable energy projects across Africa and urban planning in Cameroon

On April 15 The Global Environment Facility (GEF) announced the approval of $US18 million in funding for two projects co-financed with the African Development Bank (AfDB). The funding is earmarked for...

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The future of Africa lies inside Africa

At the first ever Global Infrastructure Forum in Washington DC on 16 April, African Development Bank (AfDB) President Akinwumi Adesina made his position on localisation in Africa clear: "If we...

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Trade and Investment Mission to Ghana and Nigeria

The dti invites you to apply to participate in a Trade and Investment Mission to Ghana and Nigeria scheduled to take place from 8-12 August 2016. The objective of this mission is to increase...

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Despite China’s decline in procurements, the demand for electric locomotives remains on a growth course at EUR4.6 billion worldwide

China‘s rail freight transport is on the decline, which in turn, is affecting the procurement of new electric locomotives. Despite this development, Asia remains the largest market, driven by India...

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New Memorandum of Understanding between South Africa and Mozambique imminent

Speaking at the Mozambique Transport Infrastructure Development Seminar, hosted by the South Africa-Mozambique Chamber of Commerce on the 19 April, Mozambican Minister of Transport and Communications,...

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The Manufacturing Indaba will extend its focus to small business in 2016 with the launch of the Small Business Indaba

Small to medium enterprises (SMEs) are the engine of economic growth and are essential for competitive and efficient economic growth. Research has shown that SMEs are critical for poverty reduction...

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Tenders to be advertised on e-portal

The Office of the Chief Procurement Officer says all tenders advertised by the government will soon only be advertised in government’s eTender portal. Chief Procurement Officer Kenneth Brown...

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Minister Davies gazettes Draft Amended Transport Sector Code for public comments

The transport sector code in relation to Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBEEE), is one of the biggest sector codes and consists of eight sub-sector codes, was recently gazetted...

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Cabinet Confirms Siyabonga Gama as Transnet Group CE

Transnet has announced the appointment of Siyabonga Gama as group chief executive officer. Minister of Public Enterprises, Ms Lynne Browne confirmed the Cabinet decision to appoint Mr Siyabonga...

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AfDB and GEF boost renewable energy projects across Africa and urban planning in Cameroon

On April 15 The Global Environment Facility (GEF) announced the approval of $US18 million in funding for two projects co-financed with the African Development Bank (AfDB). The funding is earmarked for...

Read More

The future of Africa lies inside Africa

At the first ever Global Infrastructure Forum in Washington DC on 16 April, African Development Bank (AfDB) President Akinwumi Adesina made his position on localisation in Africa clear: "If we...

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President Buhari Orders Establishment Of Technical Committees On New China/Nigeria Joint Projects

President Muhammadu Buhari has directed that technical committees be immediately established to finalise discussions on new joint Nigeria/China projects in rail, power, manufacturing, agricultural and...

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China yields billions in investments for Nigeria

President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed satisfaction with the outcome of his working visit to China, which has yielded additional investments in Nigeria exceeding $US6 billion. A total of $US1...

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Despite China’s decline in procurements, the demand for electric locomotives remains on a growth course at EUR4.6 billion worldwide

China‘s rail freight transport is on the decline, which in turn, is affecting the procurement of new electric locomotives. Despite this development, Asia remains the largest market, driven by India...

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Record numbers of rail commuters recorded in Nigeria

Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) reports that they have had at least 405,048 passengers travel by train in the first two months of the year, with some 207 286 in January and 197 762 in February....

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Nigerian Lagos-Calabar rly irregularity

The government of former President Goodluck Jonathan in Nigeria awarded a $US12 billion contract to the Chinese Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) in terms of which a new 750km railway...

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Nigeria: railway modernisation is “intact”

Nigerian minister of transport Rotimi Amaechi says the federal government's transformation of the country's railways is “on course”. Amaechi was represented by director (rails) federal ministry of...

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Nigerian DMU too expensive

Premium fares charged on Nigeria’s diesel-multiple-unit (dmu) trains – introduced 19 months ago - are unaffordable, passengers complain. The money asked is said to be especially unrealistic as the...

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Five coaches for Abuja standard gauge

Nigerian minister of transport Rotimi Amaechi, represented by Federal ministry of transport director (rails) Mohammed Babakobi and acting managing director of the Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC)...

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International Rail News

Qatar metro tunnel breakthrough

The 11.3km Red Line tunnel on which boring began in July 2014 for the Doha metro in Qatar achieved breakthrough on 21 March. Four tunnel boring machines were used on this project. The northern section...

Track replacement in Boston

Keolis Commuter Services, operator of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) system in Boston, has begun trackwork on the Framingham-Worcester Line. Some 30,000 sleepers are to be...

Flexible seating in new Keio emus

New 1,372mm-gauge 1.5kV DC trains operated by Japanese private railway operator Keio Corporation are to feature rotating seats, which can be arranged either longitudinally or in a forward-facing 2+2...

Hoverboards banned on PATH trains

The Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) rail system in New York city no longer allows hoverboards - motorised skateboard-like scooters - in stations or on trains, due to safety concerns. The...