Wednesday, May 18, 2016

International Freight Forwarders Group Focuses on Logistics in Africa

Ethiopia Hosts FIATA Meeting to Unite Continent
Shipping News Feature
AFRICA – WORLDWIDE – FIATA, the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations, has focused this month on what it considers potentially one of the world’s most successful markets and provided a ‘roadmap’ for African logistics policy makers as it sees signs of growth and political shifts on that continent. The trade organisation is calling for a ‘One Trade Facilitation System’ across all African countries to eradicate delays, bottle-necks and excessive costs.

Given the complexity of African politics and the number of individual states with vastly differing cultures this is indeed an ambitious target but FIATA and its 23 national associations representing the interests of over 1300 enterprises across Africa, have put forth a coordinated position which stresses four main points:

  • The need for holistic policy formulation by African Union members
  • The benefit of coordinated regional policy implementation
  • The greater influence that regional bodies can achieve
  • The importance of private sector input

Together with the Ethiopian Freight Forwarders and Shipping Agents Association (EFFSAA), FIATA will officially present the position paper will be presented at 2016 FIATA’s Region Africa Middle East (RAME) Meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 19 – 22 May 2016.

Meanwhile Allseas Global Logistics in the UK and Kuehne + Nagel, Dubai were just two of the 55 names which signed up as FIATA members in a considerable upswing in the number of forwarders from all parts of the globe which chose to join FIATA in the month.

Photo: Courtesy of Claude Barutel.