Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Logistics convention in Nairobi, Kenya to boost Intra-Africa Trade

The logistics sector in East Africa plays a crucial role in the economic development of the region. The sector encompasses transportation, warehousing, freight forwarding, customs clearing, shipping and related services that are essential for moving goods and services in the global supply chain. The region has a growing population, which has led to an increase in demand for consumer goods.

Advancements in technology, geopolitical shifts, an increase in service demand, industrial activities, e-commerce ventures and changing customer expectations continue to cause significant shifts in the industry. There is also the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Agreement that came into force on 30 May 2019, whose mandate is to boost intra-Africa trade across all sectors of the continent’s economy. Increasing E-Commerce, adoption of Technology, demand for Sustainable Logistics, Green Customs, World Trade Organization Trade Facilitation Agreement (WTO-TFA), regional integration and the increasing need for end-to-end facilitation. It is in this context that the Global Logistics Conference intends to discuss and analyze the latest trends, innovations, insights, and challenges in the logistics industry while providing an opportunity for logistics professionals from around the region and world to share their experiences and knowledge on the latest industry developments.

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“With the theme, Connecting Continents: Strengthening Global Supply Chains. More than 700 delegates are expected from various fields including logistics, shipping and transport, academia, policymakers, regulators, revenue and port authorities, traders, researchers, bankers, insurers, and other industry stakeholders from across the world. This will create the perfect environment for discussions, sharing of experiences, and formation of future collaborations” said KIFWA National chair, Mr. Roy Mwanthi.

Scheduled to take place from 22nd to 24th November at Safari Park Hotel and Casino, Nairobi, the Global Logistics Convention is the premier meeting place for the region’s logistics and supply chain sector.  Speaking at the launch of the convention, CEO of KNCCI, Mr Patrick Nyangweso,

“With a detailed program and an array of high-level speakers, the convention is a proven platform for the intralogistics industry to do business, and it is an ideal place to network and win new business as well as an opportunity for exhibitions and B2B meetings for delegates interested in networking”.

“As a signatory of AfCFTA, Kenya was among the first countries to pilot the intra-Africa trade by exporting tea and chloride batteries to Ghana. This conference shows the government’s commitment to growing and supporting the logistics industry. It will also provide an opportunity for MSMEs to conduct trade with the rest of the continent and world”,

said Mr Emanuel Wangwe, Director Planning, State Department of Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME).

“This year’s conference is particularly important to the country and region as logistics plays a critical role in the economy. We believe that the conference will be a great success and look forward to welcoming all attendees to what promises to be an engaging and informative event”, said Abud Jamal, Chairman, Global Logistics Convention (GLC) organizing committee.

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