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 The African Ports Evolution Conference was like a buffet table of technology, innovation and creativity in port operations and maritime safety and security.   
Paul Ansah - Ghana Ports & Harbours Authority




95% of trade is conducted through the ports in West Africa. For this reason, investors have recognised the value of West African ports and have invested multi-million dollars into the region's ports.

The West African Ports Evolution 2017 forum will give coastal and hinterland stakeholders proven, future-proofed solutions and alternatives for demand driven port expansion and enabling better planning for infrastructure development. Participants will take home solutions and alternatives that can be used to aid in the modernisation of their facilities, boost the integrity of their operations and make informed assessments as to whether to rehabilitate existing facilities or expand infrastructure. 
The key driver for this forum is to enable and facilitate African solutions for African challenges and present and encourage the business case for a single window system. ​


AFRICAN PORTS EVOLUTION - WEST AFRICA is designed to provide an intensive and focused one-stop-shop for the port and maritime sector. Expect all the latest trends, technology solutions and project updates at your fingertips. This interactive and innovative forum will enable learning, knowledge-sharing and bench-marking of best practice. The conference will facilitate the West African port and maritime sector to remain adaptable, motivated and responsive as an industry, with the ultimate goals of promoting dialogue between government and the private sector and enhancing collaboration between inter-regional partnership and joint ventures.


Panel discussions & round tables covering the following topics:

  • Enhancing port competitiveness while driving port collaboration
  • Understanding the benefits of the Port-City-Nexus: why ports should create reciprocal synergies with their surrounding communities
  • Using IT solutions to drive port efficiency, optimisation and cost control
  • Developing a single vision strategy for the West African region by establishing a data matrix for each port
  • Promoting international trade through enhanced port safety and security
  • Solving local capacity and skills gaps in the sector
  • Turning environmental impact challenges into opportunities

Currently port competitiveness in the region and the greater African continent are at a tipping point, with the number of expansion and developmental projects taking place. At African Ports Evolution - West Africa, you will hear up-to-date information about port projects and the most successful port in the region.

 The audience / Who should attend?

This event will have a distinctively West-African audience allowing sponsors to meet ports authorities and decision-makers from across the region all under one roof.

  • Ports authorities
  • Terminal operators
  • Government agencies and ministries
  • Logistics
  • Freight forwarders
  • Shipping lines
  • Bulk exporters and users of ports
  • Finance and investment organisations
  • Research and development agencies
  • Industry associations
  • EPCs
  • Suppliers of products and services to the sector

(this list is not exhaustive)

Networking and matchmaking opportunities

This event will unite ​the entire maritime ecosystem. With extended networking session which would include matchmaking sessions. 
The business matchmaking session will give port authorities the opportunity to have one-on-one meetings with financiers and technology providers. By bringing the private and public sector together it will be a great way of starting new business or cultivating existing relationships. 

Sponsorship opportunities

Gain direct access to new business prospects, delivering you a real return on your investment.

African Ports Evolution – West Africa is convenient and cost-effective and will enable you to meet the entire value chain and conclude several months of customer interaction in just 2 days. Participating in this forum as a sponsor is a valuable investment and provides a unique opportunity to generate leads, raise brand awareness and do business with qualified buyers. Companies offering the following products and services should exhibit or sponsor:

  • Marine engineering and construction
  • Dredging
  • Logistics
  • Suppliers of large ports and maritime equipment
  • Oil and gas
  • Environmental consultants
  • Marine insurers/attorneys
  • EPCs
  • Ship building and repair companies
  • Port security
  • Material handling

Note only 18 sponsors will be invited to participate making the opportunity exclusive!

For a tailored package please contact Malvin Kane: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., phone: +27 21 700 4300