About the Summit

The 5th East & Central Africa Roads & Rail Infrastructure Summit 2014 is the most authoritative meeting place to discover and discuss the projects, operational, technical and administrative issues facing the land transport sector of the East and Central Africa regions. Hear about the new initiatives and challenges in creating a top-notch infrastructure to meet the demand of international commerce and the opportunities of new projects to spur new economic growth.

As one of the fastest growing economic hubs in the continent, there are new opportunities for various projects, material supply and equipment procurement. Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda had launched a $13.8bn flagship railway project that links Mombasa to Kigali and the railway line is expected to dramatically boost East African's position as a regional economic hub. In Africa, landlocked countries are inhibited by poor infrastructure and hinterland countries are forced to pay more to export their goods through neighbouring countries. The new project would have a significant impact to increase the regional trade and passenger travel thus transforming the regions as a whole.

Every African country is pushing forward to meet their infrastructure needs but the challenge of funding for these projects is very real. For instance, the $3bn for the reconstruction of Ethiopian's Addis Ababa to Djibouti railway was finally realised in 2013 even though the construction has began earlier. The funding will ensure the project to finish on time and in line with Ethiopian's Growth and Transformation Plan that ends in mid-2015. The completion of the Ethiopia-Djibouti railway also transcend the socio-economic ties between the two countries as this will integrate with the proposed corridor that link the East African nation of Djibouti to Gabon at West African. Tanzania, Rwanda & Burundi recently signed an MOU to develop a multi-national railway project.

Upgrading the East & Central African transportation system would be one of the most important driving forces for the continent integration in terms of intra-African business, tourism as well as cultural exchange. Better connected African countries and regions through viable transportation also acts as a catalyst to increase African's competitiveness across the globe.

East & Central Africa's Roads & Rail Project Snapshots:


Rebuild roads in Kamdini and Tororo-Soroti-Lira, Uganda, $400m. This funding will allow contractors to carry out maintenance on the roads for 7-10 years, with work scheduled to start in 18 months from December 2013.
Second phase of the Road Sector Support Project (RSSP-II), Tanzania, $335.76m. The project launched in January 2013 is expected to be completed by March 2017.
Road to connect Dansha, Maycadran and Abdrafi, Ethiopia, $84m. The contract was signed on November, 2013 and is scheduled to be completed in three years.
The Dessie-Kutaber-Tenta road upgrade project, Ethiopia, $64m, signed on December 2013 and is expected to be completed within 34 months.
Design and construction of a gravel road from Omo-Kuraz Sugar Factory Number 2 Junction to Omo-Kuraz Sugar Factory Number 3 Junction, Ethiopia, 459m birr ($23m) signed on December 2013 and is expected to be completed within 30 months period.
Nairobi Outer Ring road project, Kenya, $120m. Start on 2014 and completed in four years.
Modjo-Hawassa Road Project Phase I, Ethiopia, $349.51m. Start date on November 2014. The entire project will be implemented within 42 months of contract signing.
Road sector support project 4, western and south western Uganda, $143.48m to start in March 2014
Expression of interest for the tarring of Arusha-Kibanga-Kongwa Road, Northern Tanzania, comprising phase 1 of feasibility study and environmental impact assessment and phase 2 of detailed engineering design and preparation of tender documents.
Double decker road, Nairobi, Kenya, $286m, anticipated to commence in January 2014 and finished in 2017.
Kagoma - Lusahunga Road upgrading project, Kagera, Tanzania at $22m, to be completed by 2015.
    Arusha - Holeli and Taveta - Voi Road that will link the northern and southern corridors in Tanzania and Kenya, estimated cost at $250m and completion is scheduled for December 2018.
Widening the road between Dar es Salaam and Chalinze from four to six lanes and converting it into toll road. The approximate value of the project is $585m and expected completion date is 2017.
Rehabilitation of Makambako - Songea Road, Tanzania. The value of the project is between $92m to $100m and expected to commence by 2014 and to be completed in 2018.
Rehabilitation of Matadi Port and Railways, Kinshasa - Matadi Corridor, Western DR Congo.
Rehabilitation of 357-kilometer Great East Road, 168.7-million Euro, Zambia. The rehabilitation works are expected to complete within 24 months.


Nairobi-Mombasa Standard Gauge Railway Project, Kenya, $5.2bn, launched January 2014.
       Rail project between Mombasa, Kenya - Kigali, Rwanda, $13.8bn, launched November 2013. The project entails a 736-mile rail from Mombasa through Nairobi to Malaba and branching to Kisumu (Kenya); an 870-mile rail from Malaba to Kampala, Uganda and linking to four Ugandan towns before connecting to the main line to Rwanda at Mirima Hills; a 125-mile rail from Mirima Hills to Kigali and an extra 93-mile rail to other towns in Rwanda.
       Tanzania - Rwanda - Burundi Rail line to link Tanga - Arusha - Musoma to Kampala, $4.7bn, to begin in 2014.
Rail link to Djibouti's third port of Tadjourah, $3.2bn, currently under construction.
    Construction of the 800 km route connecting Addis Ababa, Dewele and Djibouti City. The project cost is estimated around $ 4.5bn, beginning of July 2013.
Construction of Mtwara - Songea - Mbamba Bay Railway Line with spurs to Mchuchuma/Liganga, total cost is estimated at $1.4bn and expected completion dates is 2015.
       Multi-national railway project by Tanzania, Rwanda & Burundi - this network will commence from Isaka, Tanzania to Kigali and from Tanzania through Keza & Gitega before finally reaching Musongati in Burundi.
A 290km first phase railway construction from Chingola to Kansanshi, Lumwana and Kalumbila mines in north western Zambia at an estimated capital cost of about $489m, to start on March 2014. The second phase of the project at cost of $500m will connect with the Benguela railway line on the Zambia border near Jimber and will open a direct corridor to Lobito
    The governments of Zambia and Burundi have begun talks on the possibility of extending the Tanzania Zambia Railway (TAZARA) to Burundi through the port of Mpulungu, located at the northern part of Zambia.
Tanzania to restore the railway line from Dar es Salaam to Tabora and Kaliua - Mpanda line to Kasanga Port on Lake Tanganyika that cost $1.4 billion.

ECA Roads & Rail 2014 is About:

•      Identifying the key interest areas relevant to your business
•      Discovering project opportunities for materials & equipment supply
•      Probing funds mobilization
•      Evaluating equity participation models and Public Private Partnership
•      Bringing investors and operators together to overcome project risks
•      Understanding how to build relationships with regional government ministries
•      Networking with decision-makers at the highest level
•      Offering the largest gathering of investors & manufacturers interested in East & Central Africa transport sustainability

Who Should Attend?

•      Policy Makers & Government Ministry Officials •      Director-Generals, Presidents, CEOs, Managing Directors & General Managers
•      Chief Investment Officers •      Finance Directors & Managers
•      Business Development Directors & Managers •      Operations Directors & Managers
•      Heads of Technology & Engineering •      Heads of Environment, Safety & Security
•      Sales & Marketing Directors/Managers •      Consulting Engineers
•      Technical Directors & Managers •      Civil Engineers
•      Mechanical Engineers •      Supply & Operations Managers
•      Project Directors & Managers •      Administration Managers
•      Project Analysts •      Commercial Directors & Managers
•      Market Development Managers •      Traffic Managers
•      Heads of Procurement & Tenders •      Design & Planning Managers
•      Maintenance & Repair Engineers •      Plant & Installation Managers
•      Heads of Project Finance •      Directors of Infrastructure
•      Heads of Infrastructure Funds •      Heads of Logistics
•      Transportation Consultants •      Supply Chain Directors & Managers
•      Road Consultants & Advisors •      Rail Consultants & Advisors
•      Trade & Investment Advisors •      Commercial Counsellors

"Indeed, I did enjoy the Summit and the networking."
Ronald Phiri
Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority (TAZARA)

"I was inspired to participate in the Summit because of the interactions I made in Dar es Salaam. Keep on organizing the Summit."
Athanase Ndayiragije
Ministry of Transports, Public Works and Equipment, Burundi

We invite you to join us at the
5th East & Central Africa Roads & Rail Infrastructure Summit 2014
and be equipped with the must-know insider information
and get updated with the latest projects!