Progress on the African Integrated High Speed Railway Network

Progress on the African Integrated High Speed Railway Network

Given the pan-African nature of the continental high speed rail project, a key objective of the African Integrated High Speed Railway Network is connectivity of Africa’s capital cities and mega-cities, including but not limited to, commercial hubs/economic zones, and tourist destinations, among others.

The viability and sustainability of the project will largely depend on the extent to which its development is linked to the planning, development and operation of existing and planned national and regional high speed railway networks, electrical power and ICT infrastructure facilities of the continent.

The existing conventional (‘low speed’) freight and passenger rail networks in Africa, essentially form the backbone of the continent’s railway infrastructure assets. They contribute significantly to the development and operations of Africa’s manufacturing, mining, and industrial outputs.

Cognisance of the magnitude of the investment required for the African Integrated High Speed Railway Network project, key selected routes and corridors, based on a proven business case, will be piloted for replication.

Priority areas of the African Integrated High Speed Railway Network project, with regards national readiness for infrastructure connectivity, include technical studies for rehabilitating and/or constructing the 12,000km missing links and at least 20% of the construction on the first pilot project which needs to be completed by 2023.

The overall project comprises 4 longitudinal and 6 latitudinal North-South and East-West continental railway networks respectively, to be implemented over a period of three planning phases; short term (2015- 2025), medium term (2025-2045), and long term (2045-2065) development plans of 50 years.

After a thorough process in accordance with African Union procurement standards, the evaluation team recommended eight consultancy firms to be shortlisted for the next stage of procurement of consultancy services, which will be the Request for Proposals. The firms will be invited to submit their technical and financial proposals to undertake the Detailed Scoping Study of the Africa Integrated High Speed Railway Network and Master Plan.

Following the opening of the technical proposals on 12 January 2018, a retreat will be held from 12 – 16 February 2018, in, Johannesburg, South Africa. The meeting will be convened in order to undertake a detailed review of the technical and financial proposals received from the seven engineering consulting firms (out of the eight shortlisted), that responded to the request for proposals issued in December 2017, by the NEPAD Agency’s Procurement Division.

Aviation to be included in PIDA

Aviation to be included in PIDA

Dr Ibrahim Mayaki, CEO of the NEPAD Agency, held a meeting with the President of International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), Dr Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu in Addis Ababa.

The meeting was held to deliberate the design of an aviation programme under the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA) that both the NEPAD Agency and ICAO could support.

Dr Ibrahim Mayaki, CEO of the NEPAD Agency with the President of ICAO, Dr Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu in Addis Ababa

During the meeting held between Dr Mayaki and Dr Aliu, the following areas were agreed upon:

  • Capacity building on aviation policy, regulation and advocacy of air transport being a mass transportation medium for regional connectivity will have to be developed soonest with all relevant African institutions and ICAO.
  • Discussions and a roadmap to include aviation in the design of PIDA 2020-2030 will also commence soon as agreed in the requisite action plan.
  • NEPAD Agency¡¦s MoveAfrica Initiative will have to expand to strongly include aviation as part of the initiative.
  • NEPAD is ready to host a Senior Officials meeting on the formulation of an action plan which will map out a concrete set of projects for consideration by ICAO and partners. This project will be centred on a Continental Aviation Master Plan and capacity building for policy makers and practitioners in the aviation sector.
Launch of the highly anticipated Single African Air Transport Market

Launch of the highly anticipated Single African Air Transport Market

A historic event at the 30th African Union Summit took place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, when the AU Commission launched the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM).

The SAATM is the first AU Agenda 2063 flagship project, which aims to create a single unified air transport market in Africa, to liberalise civil aviation on the continent and to advance Africa’s economic integration agenda. (more…)

Tanzania’s railway plan in a nutshell

Tanzania’s railway plan in a nutshell

According to the Minister of Works, Transport and Communication, Prof Makame Mbarawa, the number of rail passengers in Tanzania rose 77% in 2016, from 335,000 in 2015.

Anticipating this boost in demand, fundamental changes to the national rail network began back in 2013, when international standard gauge upgrades became a favoured catchphrase among railway network authorities across central and southern Africa. (more…)

Media breakfast kicks-off 2017 PIDA Week

Media breakfast kicks-off 2017 PIDA Week

The African Union Commission (AUC), the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) on Monday hosted a media breakfast to kick-start the 2017 PIDA Week in Swakopmund, Namibia providing journalists a rare opportunity to engage the principals of these institutions about infrastructure development in Africa. (more…)