Rail Transport in Africa (e-Course)

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Syllabus of the Online Subject: Rail Transport in Africa

  1. Introduction to rail transport in Africa
  2. Current situation of African railway infrastructure: challenges and opportunities
  3. The need for rail transport in Africa
  4. Overview of African Railways
  5. Analysis of railway systems in Botswana, Cameroon, Kenya, Madagascar, Morocco, Senegal, Tanzania and Zambia.
  6. Current situation of the railway market in Africa.
  7. Railway Business models in Africa
  8. Projects for new African railways

Example of the Online Subject - Rail Transport in Africa:
Rail Transport in Africa


The eLearning Subject “Rail Transport in Africa” is part of the following Online Higher Education Programs taught by EENI Business School & HA University:
  1. Courses: Transport in Africa, Rail transport, Multimodal transport
  2. Diplomas: Foreign Trade, International Transport
  3. Masters: International Transport, Transport in Africa, African Business, Foreign Trade
  4. Doctorates: International Logistics, Business in Africa, Global Trade

Student, Online Doctorate in International Business

Learning materials in Master in International Business in English or Study, Master in International Business in French Transport ferroviaire en Afrique. Summaries in Masters Foreign Trade in Portuguese Transporte ferroviário na África Study Master Doctorate Business in Spanish Transporte Ferroviario en África.

  1. International Rail Transport Law
  2. International Union of Railways (UIC)
  3. COTIF Convention
  4. Organisation for Cooperation between Railways




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Description of the Online Subject: Rail Transport in Africa.

The transport sector can accelerate and intensify trade in Africa. In particular, rail transport, as a result of its energy efficiency, reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and reduction of tonne-kilometer transport costs, is expected to play an important role in long-distance transport in Africa.

However, the current situation of railway infrastructures is very poor in many African countries. This gap has reduced the potential of African rail systems to play an active role in economic development.

In fact, the market share of rail transport in most countries of the African continent is less than 20% of the total volume of freight transport.

With a few exceptions (mainly in South Africa and North Africa), African railroads are clearly behind those of most other regions of the world.

  1. Total railway lines in Africa: 82,000 km.
  2. Operational rail lines in Africa: 84% of the total.
  3. Total Passengers in Africa: 500 million people.
  4. Movement of total freight in Africa: 290 million tons.

Two of the main reasons for this situation are the lack of investment in Infrastructures in Africa and the absence of an institutional framework that favours its development. Rail transport is essential for African Economic development and, unless properly developed, Africa may not reach its potential to exploit its abundant natural resources and wealth.

Key factors:

  1. Main African metropolitan areas (passenger railways)
  2. Densely populated areas and African corridors (large volumes of cargo or passengers)
  3. Corridors from African ports to inland markets (Freight trains that move materials in containers or in large quantities from / to ports over long distances)
  4. Mining basins (transport of minerals and other raw materials to African export ports)

Advantages: Increase in African interregional trade.

Analysed countries: Botswana, Cameroon, Kenya, Madagascar, Morocco, Senegal, Tanzania and Zambia.

Related information:

  1. Economic Area of African Civilisation
  2. Maritime Transport

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