As one of the important part of WTC 2017, the Belt & Road Forum on China-Africa Transport Infrastructure Cooperation took place in the morning of June 6th, 2017 as scheduled. The forum is hosted by China Highway & Transportation Society, co-sponsored by Southern Africa -China Transportation Cooperation Center(SACTCC) and China-Africa Transportation Strategy Research Institute(CATSRI)of Chang’An University.
With the strengthening of China-Africa relationship and connection, the cooperation on development of infrastructure has gain strong prosper. The forum focus on transport infrastructure opportunities and concerns, via discussion on project investment, collaborative management and technology innovation etc. The forum is composed of two parts as Transport Infrastructure Development in Africa and the Case Studies on China-Africa Co-operations, as well as Fast Moving Load Simulator Technologies and Accelerating Pavement Testing Innovations.
The honorable Minister of Transport of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, RT Hon. Chibuike Botimi Amaechi made presentation on Economy, Society and Transportation Development in Nigeria and Africa, he expressed that Nigeria is trying to redefine its approach to transport infrastructural development and bring it up to date with cceptable global standards. He maintained that the Military interregnum impacted negatively on the transportation infrastructure and other sectors. The failure of the transportation system affected the economy in many ways, including Cost of Production and Distribution, Loss of Employment, Pressure on the Road Infrastructure, Transportation and the Economy, Micro-economic assessment, for example enterprise or household-level productivity effect.
Prof. Wang yuchen, the principal researcher of SACTCC introduced the Mueda Transport Corridor and
Port Feasibility Studies in the North of Mozambique. Mr. Cao Baogang, Executive Managing Director of overseas Business Department of China Railway Construction Corporation(CRCC)made presentation on Innovating “Addis Ababa-Djibouti Railway Line Package Model” to Develop More Transport Infrastructures along the Belt and Road. CRCC has establish dialog system with CATSRI soon after the forum.
Mr.Wang Cheng’an, Former Senior Official of Foreign Aid Department, Ministry of Commerce gave a brief view on infrastructure Projects in Five Portuguese Speaking Countries in Africa. Mr.Gerhard de Beer from GIBB Engineering & Architecture of South Africa delivered excellent presentation on 2037 Transport Development Plan of Gauteng Province, and 2050 Transport Master Plan of South Africa.
In addition, 5 more fellow of Engineering Academy of South Africa and 4 professors from Chinese universities introduced state of the art technology on Fast Moving Load Simulator and Accelerating Pavement Testing Innovations.