26 June - 27 June 2019
Nairobi, Kenya

Argus Africa Roads

Day one

Start End
  • 08:50
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  • 09:50
  • Registration and welcome refreshments
  • 09:50
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  • 09:55
  • Argus welcome remarks
  • 09:55
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  • 10:00
  • Opening remarks by Chairperson

Road infrastructure in East Africa: the realities, risks and rewards

Start End
  • 10:00
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  • 10:30
  • Kenya: An expanding road infrastructure network and the impact on regional integration and trade

- Overview of Kenyan road network, policy framework and targets

- Financing and Government commitments

- Major ongoing and upcoming programs

  • 10:30
  • -
  • 10:55
  • One Belt One Road (OBOR) and East Africa: opportunities and challenges

- The role of East Africa in the OBOR project

- Planned and upcoming road projects 

- Impact of OBOR on the bitumen markets

  • 10:55
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  • 11:20
  • Connecting Tanzania: 2025 development vision and the road network

- Investments in road development over the next 5 years

- Targets to improvements to bitumen standards of the road network

  • 11:20
  • -
  • 11:50
  • Networking break
  • 11:50
  • -
  • 12:20
  • Supply chains and transport corridors in East Africa: a focus on LAPSSET

- Update on highway projects linked to LAPSSET

- Impact of interregional highways on trade

- Opportunities and challenges ahead

  • 12:20
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  • 13:00
  • Insights into major road projects across Africa: the growing appetite for bitumen in the region

- Future infrastructure projects

- Import markets seeing a sharp rise in demand 

- Road of road authorities and contractors in implementing and executing road projects 

  • 13:00
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  • 14:30
  • Networking lunch

The bitumen market: an overview of the current climate

Start End
  • 14:30
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  • 15:00
  • Supply shifts: IMO regulations and the impact of a more aggressive low carbon environment on bitumen supply

- Regional and global supply-demand balances

- Impact of IMO regulations on availability of different bitumen grades

- Effect of IMO on bitumen pricing trends

  • 15:00
  • -
  • 15:30
  • Exploring consistent bitumen supply for east Africa

- What happens next- with Iranian sanctions now in place, how is trade flow affected? 

- Production trends in the region

  • 15:30
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  • 16:00
  • The Middle East bitumen market and it's impact on East Africa

- Bahrain's asphalt supply

- UAE bitumen market and project outlook

- Qatari demand and regional sanctions

  • 16:00
  • -
  • 16:30
  • Networking break
  • 16:30
  • -
  • 17:10
  • Identifying opportunities: domestic demand in Africa and international competitiveness of bitumen supply

- Trends impacting bitumen demand for road construction

- Development of new supply centers: South Africa, Bahrain and others

- Will demand in West Africa continue to grow

 

Start End
  • 17:10
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  • 17:15
  • Closing remarks and end of day one
  • 18:00
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  • Networking drinks reception

Day two

Start End
  • 09:00
  • -
  • 09:50
  • Registration and welcome refreshments
  • 09:50
  • -
  • 10:00
  • Opening remarks by Chairperson

Innovations in technology

Start End
  • 10:00
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  • 10:25
  • Delivering safe and sustainable road infrastructure: understanding the latest innovations in technology
  • 10:25
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  • 10:50
  • Modified bitumen and improved road quality in Ghana

- Impact on service life of roads

- Reduced rutting, cracking and maintenance costs

  • 10:50
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  • 11:20
  • Adapting to regional requirements: exploring developments in maintenance and upgrade of motorway infrastructure

- Key causes of road deterioration in Africa

- Overcoming challenges to improve road longevity

- What's next for reconstruction, rehabilitation and maintenance of roads

  • 11:20
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  • 11:50
  • Networking break
  • 11:50
  • -
  • 12:15
  • Implementing a framework for quality: reviewing the different bitumen grades

- The impact of different bitumen grades on performance

- Limitations and advantages of penetration, viscosity and superpave performance grading

  • 12:15
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  • 12:45
  • Interactive Q&A with 'Innovative Technology' session speakers
  • 12:45
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  • 14:15
  • Networking lunch

Storage & logistics

Start End
  • 14:15
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  • 14:45
  • Identifying port facilities to enable bitumen trade

- Major ports for bitumen transport in Africa 

- Facilities for bitumen storage 

- Facilities for small and large vessels

- Plans for port development

  • 14:45
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  • 15:15
  • From bitubags to bituboxes and bitutainers: everything you need to know about packaging and transporting bitumen efficiently

Doing business in East Africa

Start End
  • 15:15
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  • 15:45
  • Addressing the opportunities and challenges of road infrastructure projects in East Africa

- Financing tips for smaller developers in the region

- Available financing options for road projects in Kenya

- Infrastructure financing trends in East Africa

  • 15:45
  • -
  • 16:15
  • PPP and the role of the private sector in building road and corridor projects in East Africa
  • 16:15
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  • Networking break and end of conference