14:00 - 15:30 Parallel 3-A: Improving Ports Gateways to Africa

Objectives of session

Ports are gateways for 80 percent of global merchandise trade and yet these crucial infrastructure hubs often fail to receive the attention they deserve. The remarkable growth in African trade over the last decade has put pressure on existing port capacity. As a result, many countries are challenged to transform and modernize their ports by equipping them with appropriate infrastructure to meet this growing demand, including the rise in containerized traffic. Let’s open the gates.


  • Yacouba Sié Hien - Port Autonome d’Abidjan
  • Adamou Saley Abdourahamane - Secretary General - Union of African Shippers' Council
  • Adama Coulibaly - CMA CGM Group Côte d'Ivoire
  • Kérim Salami – Port of Lomé
  • Stefan Atchia - African Development Bank (AfDB)

Did you know

High transport costs add 75% to the price of African goods.

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Since 2008 the Bank has helped to build and rehabilitate 25,000 kilometres of main roads and feeder roads, benefiting more than 10 million people.

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Conference venue

Immeuble CCIA, Plateau  -  Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire