2nd African Rail Digital Congress

17 - 20 October 2022, Tunis, Tunisia

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

Venue : Hotel in Tunis TBC

Moderation by Francis Bédel, UIC

The day before the congress, Monday 17/10

6pm-7.30pm Registration & Cocktail

Day 1: Tuesday 18/10

9am-9.30am Welcome Coffee

9.30am-11am Official Opening:

  • Mr Rabie Majid, Minister of Transport of Tunisia
  • Mr Khlie, DG ONCF & President of the UIC Africa
  • François Davenne, UIC Director General
  • UIC at the heart of Digitalization
  • AUC – African Union Commission
  • EU / DG MOVE
  • Mr Josef Doppelbauer, Executive Director, ERA – European Union Railway Agency
  • Mr Taoufik Boufaied, PDG of SNCFT
  • Railway within the African continent: Vision 2063

11am-11h30am Press point & Coffee Break

11.30am-12.30pm Session 2: New digital challenges and railway projects (4 themes do be defined)

  • Panoramic view on digital projects applied to railways
  • Digitalization in the African railway sector: what progress has been made since the 1st congress on digital railway, February 2019, Cape Town

12.30pm-2pm Lunch

2pm-6pm Session 3:

2pm-3.30pm Innovative industrial solutions and digital perspectives

3.30pm-4pm Coffee Break

4pm-6pm African rail networks in the digital age

  • Action plan AUC, NEPAD (HS, NS/EW)

8pm Dinner

DAY 2: Wednesday 19/10

8.30am Welcome Coffee

9am-12am Session 4:

9am-10.30am: Parallel sessions to be defined
Room 1:

  • 9am-9.20am: FRMCS - 5G program for railways
  • 9.20am-9.50am: Cyber security
  • 9.50am-10.10am: Modelling / Digital twins
  • 10.10am-10.30am: presentation of digital projects by an African University

Room 2 :

  • 9am-9.20am: Intelligence artificielle : Capacity increase & Prédictive Maintenance
  • 9.20am-9.50am: Digitalization du fret
  • 9.50am-10.10am: Smart Stations
  • 10.10am-10.30am: presentation of digital projects by an African University

10.30am-10.45am Coffee Break

10.45am-12.30pm Focus on principal projects for Africa : Organisation of workshops on the following subjects (depending on the participants and profiles)

10.45am-12.30pm Digital issues and challenges for :

  • Workshop 1: Management & Training
  • Workshop 2 : The industrial component :
    o infrastructure
    o rolling stock
  • Workshop 3: Relations with our rail customers (passengers and economic operators)

12.30am-2pm Lunch

2pm-5.15pm Afternoon Session:

Restitutions of the workshops /discussion

  • Action Plan (actions, actors, planning and deadlines)

African Digtal Awards

  • Presentation of projects
  • African Digital Awards Ceremony

Closing session:

  • AUC
  • Mr Khlie, Chair of the UIC Africa and Vice-Chair of UIC
  • Mr Francois Davenne, UIC Director General
  • Mr Taoufik Boufaied, PDG of SNCFT

8pm Gala Dinner

DAY 3: Thursday 20/10

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


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

Supported by Silver Sponsors

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Friday 24 June 2022