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Southern African Railways Association (SARA) - Papers and Publications. http://www.sararail.org/

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    Professional Conference On Interconnectivy & Operabilityof African Raiways System Professional Conference On Interconnectivy & Operabilityof African Raiways System Presentation Transcript

    • PROFESSIONAL CONFERENCE ON INTERCONNECTION, INTEROPERABILITY OF AFRICAN RAILWAY SYSTEMS JOHANNESBURG REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA 20 NOVEMBER 2007
    • PRESENTATION LAYOUT
      • Who is SARA?
      • The business case for interconnectivity & interoperability
      • Prerequisites for interconnectivity & Interoperability
      • Issues to consider
      • Interconnectivity in SARA
      • Interoperability in SARA
      • Way forward
    • Who is SARA?
      • The Southern African Railways Association is a regional railway organisation comprising
        • Railway companies in SADC member states
        • Major railway suppliers & customers
        • Other interested stakeholders (railway regulator)
      • SARA’s objectives are to promote railway interests in the region in terms of ;
        • Lobbying for equity in transport policy
        • Investment in railways
        • Exchange of information and collaboration among members in order to provide a cost effective seamless railway transport service.
    • Business case for interconnectivity & interoperability
      • To FACILITATE TRADE and REDUCE THE COST OF DOING BUSINESS leading to overall gains in the standard of living.
      • Movement of people across borders
      • Quicken the pace of economic development by attracting investment and facilitating access to markets for the abundant resources on the continent.
      • Safety considerations
    • Prerequisites for interconnectivity & interoperability
      • Interconnectivity – infrastructure issue
        • Brazzaville Declaration
          • Missing links – to be eliminated
          • Gauge – to be uniform/standard
          • Maintenance backlog – to be cleared/new investment
          • Other bottlenecks – to be removed
          • Funding/investment - required
          • Role of the State - active
          • Role of the private sector - active
    • Interoperability
      • Operating equipment & policies
        • Design standards
        • Compatibility of operating equipment
        • Maintenance programmes
        • Joint skills development & standards
        • Operating procedures
        • Compatibility of national legislation
        • Commercial issues
    • Issues to consider
      • Infrastructure
        • Major traffic corridors & business volumes.
        • Differences in network size and condition.
        • Gauge differences –
          • Which one should adopted?
          • What will happen to existing infrastructure?
          • Funding
          • Parallel network vs funding requirements and failure to maintain existing infrastructure?
          • What will happen to existing operating equipment?
        • Differences in national priorities.
        • Level of implementation – national?
        • Differences in access to funding/investment.
        • Strong national balance sheet – widening of gap between the poor & the rich?
        • % of GDP?
    • Issues to consider cont’d
      • Operating equipment
        • Sources
        • Standards
        • Current diversity
        • Maintenance programmes
        • Compatibility with infrastructure current or new
        • Investment requirements
    • Issues to consider cont’d
      • Policies and procedures
        • Differences in legal framework
        • Differences in operating procedures
        • Language barrier
        • Standardisation of human resource development
    • Interoperability & interconnectivity in SARA
      • Network connected by similar gauge (Cape gauge, 1,067m).
      • Some missing links being eliminated
        • Namibia building new line to link with Angola
        • Angola rehabilitating lines destroyed during civil war
        • Mozambique rehabilitating lines in the north affected by the war.
        • Swaziland – Western connection to Lothair (to connect Mozambique & RSA).
        • Zambia – to cater the boom in copper mining.
        • Botswana – Trans-Kalahari & coal mines.
      • Maintenance standards not uniform
      • Differences in signalling systems
    • Interoperability & interconnectivity in SARA cont’d
      • Cross-border operations possible
        • Through working
        • Safety regulator
      • Interchange of wagons possible
      • Sources of equipment differ.
        • Locomotives
        • wagons
      • Corridor Management Groups in place to facilitate movement of international traffic
      • Regional marketing policy in place
    • WAY FORWARD
      • STANDARDISATION
      • FUNDING
      • COOPERATION (national & railway levels).
      • INTEGRATION