2nd African Rail Digital Congress

17 - 20 October 2022, Tunis, Tunisia

Accelerating Digital Transformation in Africa:
what are the challenges for railways?

Venue : El Mouradi Hotel Africa Tunis

Moderation by Francis Bédel, UIC


The day before the congress, Monday 17/10

6pm-7.30pm Registration & Cocktail

Day 1: Tuesday 18/10
Plenary room

9am-9.30am Welcome Coffee

9.30am-11am Official Opening:

  • HE Rabie Majid, Minister of Transport of Tunisia
  • Mohamed Khlie, DG ONCF & President of the UIC Africa
  • François Davenne, UIC Director General : UIC at the heart of Digitalization
  • African Union Commission
  • Josef Doppelbauer, Executive Director, ERA – European Union Railway Agency
  • Taoufik Boufaied, CEO of SNCFT

11am-11h30am Press point & Coffee Break

11.30am-12.30pm Session 2:

  • Some of UIC digital projects
    Speaker : Jean-Michel Evanghelou, UIC Deputy Director Rail System deprtement

12.30pm-2pm Lunch

2pm-6pm Session 3:

2pm-3pm Innovative industrial solutions and digital perspectives

  • Huawei
  • cSCEc

3pm-3.30pm New digital challenges and railway projects
Speaker : Said Chandid, ONCF & Chief of the UIC Regional Office in Rabat

  • Digitalization in the African railway sector: what progress has been made since the 1st congress on digital railway, February 2019, Cape Town
  • The railway on the African continent: Agenda 2063

3.30pm-3.50pm Coffee Break

3.50pm-5.30pm African rail networks in the digital age

  • SNCFT : Level Crossings’ Experience
  • SNTF : SNTF-SDSI (PDI) Information Systems Master Plan Global Review
  • SNIM : Mauritania
  • ONCF : Morocco
  • CAMRAIL : Cameroun
  • Ministry of Digital Transition : Burkina Faso

5.30pm-6.15pm Tunis Declaration - Drafting Session
Moderation by François Davenne, UIC Director General

8pm Dinner

DAY 2: Wednesday 19/10

8.30am Welcome Coffee

9am-9.50am Session 4:

Plenary room :

9am-9.10am: Programme of Day 2 with the moderator Francis Bédel, UIC


  • Artificial Intelligence applied to Railways
    Speaker: Christian Chavanel, UIC Director Rail System Departement

9.40am – 9.50am: Presentation of 6 workshops by the moderators

10am-11.45am Session 5: Thematic workshops
5 workshops in 3 rooms

Plenary room

  • 10am-10.45am Workshop 1
    Speaker: Mr Carlo Maria Rossotto, Principal Investment Officer, Global Head of Telecom Media and Technology (TMT) at International Finance Corporation (IFC)

10.45am-11am – Coffee Break

  • 11am-11.45am Workshop 2
    Presentation of WiTrack Railway Solution by Netfer– RailWay Maintenance Smart Solution
    Speaker: Djamel REBAI, Information Systems Director, SNTF

Room 1

  • 10am-10.45am Workshop 3
    From Modelling to Digital Twins
    Speaker : Taha Ben Salah-Associate Professor, ENISO

10.45am-11am – Coffee Break

  • 11am-11.45am Workshop 4
    BIM in railways
    Speaker : Fahmi BEN FREDJ, Expert BIM

Room 2

  • 10am-10.45am Workshop 5
    Cognitive maintenance with Digital Twins and Machine learning
    Speaker : Mustapha Hamdi, Associate Professor INSAT

10.45am-11am – Coffee Break

11.45am – 12.15pm Exhibition

12.15am-2pm Lunch

2pm-5.15pm Session 6:

Restitutions of the workshops /discussion

  • Christian Chavanel, UIC, Director Rail System Departement, Francis Bédel, UIC Digital expert & Hatem Bousrih, expert SNCFT

2.30pm-4pm: Start ups and universities

4pm - 5.15pm Closing session presided by Francois Davenne, UIC Director General
Presentation of Tunis Declaration on Digitalisation in the Railway Sector

  • Mohamed Khlie, Chair of the UIC Africa and Vice-Chair of UIC
  • Francois Davenne, UIC Director General
  • Taoufik Boufaied, CEO of SNCFT

8pm Gala Dinner

DAY 3: Thursday 20/10

9am-12pm Half-day excursion event (optional)


  • Ministers of Transport and Technology
  • African Union Commission
  • UIC
  • Experts from Regional Economic Communities
  • African Development Bank
  • European Union
  • ERA - European Union Railway Agency
  • United Nations Economic Commission for Africa
  • World Bank
  • African railway companies and National athorities
  • Industry representatives
  • African economists
  • African rail experts
  • Digital ecosystems (start-ups and African universities)
  • Invited media


For further information and to register, please contact: Maria Lafont, lafont@uic.org

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