At the second edition of Africa Investments Forum & Awards (AIFA), Bolloré Transport & Logistics won the trophy for the best project in “port, airport and railways infrastructure” category. The ceremony was held at the Pavillon d’Armenonville in Paris in the presence of Eric Melet, Chief Development Officer of Bolloré Transport & Logistics and CEO of Bolloré Railways. The Sitarail project involves the acquisition of “new rail equipment and complete renovation of the railway between Côte d’Ivoire and Burkina Faso,” as stated in the press release from the company. In total, 600 million euros should be invested, including 250 between 2019 and 2023. The Sitarail project will provide direct or indirect employment and reinforce exchanges between Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso and Mali.
The Finnish company has announced that they will participate in the Trade & Transport Impact initiative. This program, introduced by the startup accelerator Rainmaking Ltd, aims to connect startups and corporations in order to address the biggest challenges in maritime, cargo transport and logistics. With a three-year plan, Trade & Transport Impact is the first project with this kind of terms in scale and global scope within maritime and logistics.
“The world is changing fast, and the digital disruption is affecting even maritime and logistics industries. In order to keep up with the pace, we want to work together with those who are innovative, nimble and can act fast. Startups are excellent cooperation partners (…) with modern solutions, technologies and business models,” explained Tero Hottinen, Director Emerging Digital Business of Cargotec.
Established in Morocco since 2008, through its Rhenus Maroc subsidiary based in Tangiers, the German group Rhenus Freight Logistics (RFL) has seen the last five years an important development of its activities on the lines with this country. Indeed, Rhenus offers a wide range of transport and services between France and Morocco regardless of the sector of activity (industrial, event, hi-tech automobile, health and medical equipment …) From its platform in Aulnay- sous-Bois, where it has more than 4500 m2 of warehouses and 52 loading docks, RFL has set up weekly links to Morocco, via Spain, with transit times of 72 to 96 hours . It also has a large fleet of vehicles adapted to the loads: complete trucks (FTL), trucks with platform, trailers, transport of vehicles, etc. Rhenus can also offer its customers various exceptional convoys, with full or partial loads, to the ports of Casablanca and Tangiers. The company plans to make new expansions and openings in order to extend its network to this country.