APA-Kampala (Uganda) 2010-03-04 A regional conference on East African railways system under the theme Revitalising the Railways for Enhanced Regional Integration and Economic Growth is to take place on 11 - 12 March at the Mlimani City Conference Centre in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. According to the East African Community (EAC) spokesperson Richard Owora on Thursday, the regional conference is being organised by the EAC Secretariat in collaboration with the World Bank and the African Development Bank as part of the process of actualising the East African Railway Master Plan. It is also meant to get synergy from other institutions on the way forward for the dilapidated railway system in the region. The regional conference will be attended by participants drawn from the public and private sectors and the donor community among others. The preparation of the East African Railway Master Plan is a directive by the Summit of the EAC Heads of State for the development of a regional strategy to revamp the railways after decades of neglect and poor management which had severely eroded the dominant role of railways as the main conveyor of freight in the region. The Master Plan was prepared by CPCS Transcom of Canada and contains recommendations on what the region needs to do in order to revamp the railways system in the short, medium and long terms, and includes issues on traffic projections, technical considerations, legal and institutional reforms and environmental mitigation measures. The recommendations in the Master Plan have financial implications and it is this context that the EAC Secretariat is holding the regional conference in order to drum up support from development partners and potential investors.