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TOC comes to Africa in December 2017

TOC (originally an abbreviation for Terminal Operations Conference) has long been considered best in class by container terminal operators and their suppliers..

Over time, TOC has evolved and continues to deliver the highest quality technical content in line with their heritage..

For the first time, the TOC Conference will be held in Durban in South Africa on the 5th and 6th of December 2017 as TOC Africa..

This inaugural conference in Africa which is really an event for the whole of Africa will be held under the heading “Improving Trade Flow Across Africa” – Enabling Africa’s ports and port cities to drive the Continent’s growth and development agenda..

Tech TOC is one of the tracks in this TOC Africa Conference and I am pleased to inform you that I will be speaking at this conference about “SKILLS & TALENT DEVELOPMENT IN AFRICAN PORTS“..

Do visit this conference and show your support.. If you contact and quote my name, you will receive a 25% discount off on delegate passes for TOC Africa..

Here is the official press release from TOC

Improving Trade Flow Across Africa

Enabling Africa’s ports and port cities to drive the Continent’s growth and development agenda


An effective and productive port is a very important asset for any country, this is more important in Africa than in any other region of the world where 90% of trade within Africa happens by sea.

Over the past few decades, the sub-Saharan Africa container market has been challenged by slow development of quality infrastructure which has led to long ship waiting times and in general the whole system has remained under developed in comparison to other port systems around the world.

With such a high dependence on external trade, productive and efficient ports are critical for Africa’s growth and to maintain the “Africa Rising” narrative.

A new wave of investment from the World Bank, logistics firms and overseas governments (particularly those of China and Japan) looks set to drive growth over the next decade to ensure that the region’s ports continue their transformation and in turn galvanise African trade and raise revenues across the region.

TOC Events Worldwide, the Province of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) and the South African national port andrail network operator Transnet have announced that they will partner to run the inaugural TOC Africa, an international trade, transport and logistics event, in Durban, December 2017 under the guidance of Mr Sihle Zikalala, MPL and MEC for Economic Development, Tourism & Environmental Affairs.

The inaugural TOC Africa, which will bring together cargo owners, logistics, liner shipping, ports, terminals, inland transport, finance, equipment manufacturers and other stakeholder groups to discuss the evolution of regional maritime container logistics, transport and supply chain operations and the equipment and technology that facilitates global trade.

In addition to the international audience that TOC delivers, KwaZulu-Natal will also be reaching out to other counterparts across the continent to ensure that TOC Africa is a truly pan-African event. There is no doubt that hosting the inaugural TOC Africa in Durban will help to bring physical expression to the “Africa Rising” narrative by enabling Africa’s ports and port cities to contribute to Africa’s growth and development agenda.


The business, economic & container outlook: In April 2017, the World Bank cut its growth outlook for Africa. After recording the worst decline in more than two decades in 2016, economic growth in Africa is expected to be 2.6 per cent this year and should rise to 3.2 per cent in 2018. The region is showing signs of recovery with the continent’s largest economies Nigeria, Angola and of course South Africa starting to rebound from the worst of the slowdown bought on by the commodity price crash. In this fragile economy, how can the region drive private sector growth and foster a more robust recovery and economic stimulus?

The race to be a hub portMany African countries are racing to become one of the region’s leading hub ports. Scattered over the whole of the African continent, heavy investment and expansion of the port and hinterland infrastructure is continuing. The goal for each project is to become the main regional gateway increasing its role of becoming a hub port for transit and transshipment cargo, thereby serving as a reliable and efficient interchange for imports and exports.

 Hinterland connectivity: African countries continue to be challenged by the lack of a comprehensive national highway system. Limited rail services mean cargo must be moved by road which causes congestion adding costs and delays. With trade corridors being developed – we look towards Maputo and Walvis Bay as important examples in the region. How can the region look to improve cross border connectivity?

Port capacity & port performance: Except for South Africa, the region struggles to accommodate ships of more than 3,000 TEU and when these ships call, productivity at the ports averages between 7 and 20 moves per hour per crane, this is against a worldwide standard of around 25, a number which many argue is still not enough. Investment is needed to expand and improve the size of the ports across the region and in the era of the mega ship, to be able accommodate and process the high levels of cargo that this region sees.

Customs: Africa experiences the highest average customs delays in the world. Clearances and cargo inspections contribute to 75% of trade facilitation delays and cripple the movement of cargo across the region. According to the World Bank, the average time for import is 36 days whilst the global average is 24 days.

SecurityInternational piracy continues to plague the region with attacks around Somalia increasing significantly. With a multiple of supply chain security risks, shippers and logistics partners need to be aware of the challenges of moving goods around the world.

Port Equipment & Terminal Operations (TECH TOC): Case studies from exhibitors who have equipped African ports will be heard. Rather than focussing solely on the very latest technology and equipment – the event will look at where equipment specifically suited to the African market has been successful.

Bulk Logistics & TechnologyAfrica was once touted as the ‘final frontier’ for the dry bulk market but challenges presented by exporting raw materials from the continent remain. TOC Africa will keep delegates up to date with the latest innovations in dry bulk materials handling, shipping, port operations and logistics.

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Hariesh Manaadiar
Hariesh Manaadiar
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  1. Congrats on your participation! I hope you will post your presentation on this site. I am very curious to read that. Regards, Dia


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