3rd African Rail Digital Congress - Digital: a challenge to boost the railway value chain

May 28 to 30, 2024 - Yaoundé - Cameroon


Digital can increase safety, reliability, profitability and the customer experience.
Why hold this Congress in Africa?

  • Because UIC is convinced that there is a real opportunity to develop rail in Africa,
  • Because rail must become (or become again) the backbone of land-based mobility, for both passengers and goods. This is an obvious necessity if we are to adapt to climate change.

Digitization will offer African economies an important means of making considerable progress, both in industry and in services. New technologies will provide innovative solutions for the development of railways, which combine both industry and services.
The African Union (AU) has adopted "Agenda 2063" for rail development in Africa. Africa’s Integrated Rail Network is a flagship project of Agenda 2063, which aims to integrate Africa physically and economically.

After the 1st African Digital Railway Summit in Cape Town, "Africa: the future digital continent" in 2019, the UIC organized the 2nd African Digital Railway Congress, "Accelerating digital transformation in Africa: what challenges for rail?", in Tunis in 2022.

Digital is a revolution, a challenge for the railway value chain.
Digital can increase safety, reliability, profitability and customer experience.

This congress will:

  • define the future of digital rail for the Continent;
  • bring together rail stakeholders, politicians, industry representatives, rail experts, economists, universities, and digital ecosystems;
  • identify major projects to be launched;
  • support the coordination of activities aligned with the aspirations of the African Union Commission’s (AUC) Agenda 2063 for the rail sector;
  • encourage the design and development of a truly African digital rail strategy;
  • define the level of maturity of digital rail in Africa.



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  • Analysis of traffic data for the automatic proposal of optimal transport plans
  • Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things (IoT) to improve safety, train monitoring, predictive maintenance and asset management
  • Digital training for skills development in the railway professions
  • Barriers to digital development in Africa



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26 May 2024: Arrival for the technical visit in DOUALA
27 May 2024 morning: Technical visit in DOUALA (reserved to UIC members. 20 places available only)
27 May 2024 afternoon: Train DOUALA - YAOUNDE
27 May 2024: Arrival for the Congress in YAOUNDE
27 May 2024 - 19h30: Official cocktail at the Hilton Hotel in YAOUNDE
28 May 2024: Official opening, exhibition inauguration, plenary session and gala dinner
29 May 2024: Parallel sessions, Workshops/roundtables and closing ceremony
30 May 2024 morning: Touristic visits
30 May 2024 afternoon: End of the Congress


If you require a visa for Cameroun, please send a copy of your passport to Mr. Yannick TCHANOU

A letter of invitation for your visa application will be promptly issued.

The note below explains how to obtain your visa, as well as practical information to help you organise your stay.


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Sponsorships with the participation of investors. Sponsorship packages available upon request.


150 participants expected


French & English


27 MAY 2024, DOUALA, CAMEROON (Technical visit)

28-30 MAY 2024, YAOUNDE CAMEROON (Congress)

Event Venue: Hilton Hotel, Bd du 20 mai, Yaounde, Cameroon

Arrival for the technical visit: Douala International Airport

Arrival for the Congress: Yaoundé-Nsimalen International Airport


Please find below a non exhaustive list of hotels in Yaounde.


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Maria Lafont, lafont@uic.org
Christine Hassoun, hassoun@uic.org

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