Open Invitation

The Engineering and Technology Grouping of Export Councils and BEPEC present:

“Show me the Projects”

  • Workshop to provide an overview and update of the current status of 18 Gas projects in Southern Africa, as well as an introduction to Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) and its various uses.
  • Project preparation funding as well as a presentation on the Dti Export, Marketing, & Investment Assistance (EMIA) offerings available to South African companies who wish to export their products and professional services into the African continent.
  • The current state of the Southern Africa regional rail network and rolling stock, including outline of opportunities for South African companies to become involved with rehabilitation of related railway infrastructures
  • Overview of the currently available Public Private Partnership (PPP) projects in Kenya, with special emphasis on real project opportunities along the Lapsset Corridor. Also information on the legal framework in respect of the Kenya PPP projects procurement and investment environment.


There has been a shift in thinking on how Africa is viewed as a Continent. Africa is now firmly regarded as the last frontier of growth for the World Economy. Traditional means of service delivery are increasingly being challenged, and it is critical that Exporters are aware of how they can position themselves, especially with regard to Africa. The South African Government offers various incentives, products and programmes that are important for the competitiveness of exporters. How the afore-mentioned are used in conjunction with traditional services from Commercial Banks and DFIs represent an important part of successfully accessing opportunities in Africa. This Workshop will give you direct and practical advice on how to utilise or access a combination of these products and services.

Why Should you attend?

On project finance in Africa it is important to understand that, according to certain institutions, there is $120bn worth of investment opportunities for infrastructure in Africa in the medium term.

Over the next decade Africa will be the second fastest growing region after Asia. Already 40% of its population of 1 billion people is urbanized.

One of the challenges for Built Environment Professionals is to develop the necessary skills set that will allow them to use all available sources of funding so as to become more competitive.

More and more countries in Africa are creating a regulatory environment conducive to private sector participation in a wide range of projects in the public and private sectors. Investment into regionally integrated projects (such as those along the North South Corridor) represent a new phase of opportunity in Africa.

Who should attend, and what will be on the Programme?

All firms who wish to improve their knowledge and expertise in the following areas should attend:

  • Market Access in respect of Infrastructure and Industrial projects and project opportunities currently available for South African Professional Services companies and suppliers of Capital Goods.
  • Understanding how to work with Development Finance Institutions when wishing to identify project opportunities, and the accessing of development funding for these projects.
  • Access to feasibility study grant funding through the DTI’s CPFP initiative.
  • Understanding DTI financial support for Primary Market Research, Business Visits, and Trade Missions.
  • New initiatives for increasing BEPEC’s relevance towards its member companies.

Workshop Info


04 August 2016 from 08:30 to 12:30


DBSA Midrand Campus
1258 Lever Rd, Midrand, 1685

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RSVP by 2 August 2016.
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(Includes registration, conference documents and refreshments )

Export Council Members:

*R350.00 pp and all consecutive persons from firm free.

*Members not attending without 24h notice will be charged R200.00 pp non-cancellation fee.


R800.00 incl VAT

Payment before the event is compulsory and no Delegates will be allowed to attend until payment has been received.

CPD Validation:

This event has been validated for 1 CPD Credit in Category 1
(Validation No: BEPEC 20/05/2018)

Speaker Programme

*Please note that although the core of the programme has been finalised, certain refinements to topics and sequencing of presentations may still have to be made and/or speakers confirmed.

08h30: Registration, Coffee/Tea

08h50: Welcome & Introductions: Con Korsten – CEO Built Environment Professions Export Council.

09h00: An overview of the currently available Public Private Partnership (PPP) projects in Kenya, with special emphasis on the Lapsset Corridor, as follows: Projects at tender stage, Projects that are going out on tender, Projects at proposal stage, Anticipated projects that have not been initiated, and Awarded projects. Also information on the legal environment framework to guide members on how to participate in the Kenya PPP projects procurement and investment environment: James Kimathi – Independent Consultant.

10h15: How to access the Export Marketing and Investment Assistance (EMIA) offerings of the dti, with specific focus on the Capital Projects Feasibility Programme (CPFP: Grant funding for feasibility studies). Also some practical examples of successfully funded and supported project preparation and feasibility studies for infrastructure and capital goods projects on the African continent: Speaker TBC.

11h10: Coffee / Tea / Snacks:

11h30: Introduction to Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) and its uses, and update on 18 Gas projects in Mozambique, South Africa, and Namibia: Neels van Niekerk – Executive Director International Steel Fabricators.

12h30: The current state of the Southern Africa regional rail network and rolling stock requirements, with special emphasis on areas and opportunities where South African companies can become involved with the rehabilitation of and/or establishment of new rail and related infrastructures: Elvin Harris – Executive Manager Transnet Freightrail, or Bongani Mankewu – CEO Railroad Association, or Gorman Zimba – Railroad Association.

Q & A session and Closing remarks: