Tanzania to host first Global Logistics Summit

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Tanzania will host the inaugural Global Logistics Summit in August this year in Dar es Salaam as it seeks ways to impart knowledge on global freight forwarding industry and best practices.

The event will take place on August 23 -26 at Julius Nyerere International Conference Centre and will gather over 300 delegates ranging from country Ambassadors, International Representatives, Government officials, Business and Sector Delegates plus Trade Representatives from Africa and the Middle East regions.

Tanzania Freight Forwarders Association (TAFFA) president, Mr Stephen Ngatunga said “At TAFFA, we are making strides in empowering businesses through this programme wherein renowned professors from Harvard University, among many others, will address key industry issues.”

He further noted that the president of the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA), Mr Stanley Lim and other federation dignitaries and country representatives would attend, as well as manage, the programme wholly focused on freight forwarding and trade issues in Africa and Middle East regions.

Dubbed, “Harnessing Logistics for Sustainable Economic Growth”, the conference comes at a time when there is huge potential in increasing trade volumes into Africa and Tanzania in particular.

“Tanzania is “an ideal freight transport hub” tailor-made to creating business networking among participants, even as it advertises it’s own tourist attractions.”

“This Summit comes at a time when Tanzanian businesses need to increase awareness and knowledge on best practices to use especially in a digitally inclusive world where technology is king,” said Ngatunga, adding: “There are opportunities for business growth to be unlocked in Tanzania in terms of clearing and freight forwarding especially if landlocked countries like Burundi, DRC, Rwanda and Uganda plus Southern African countries utilize Dar es Salaam through Northern route and vice versa as a freight cargo transportation hub.

“For his part, the Assistant Director for Railway Transport Services in the Ministry of Works, Transport and Communications, Mr Festo Mwayika, commented that the government was well pleased to facilitate the Summit, following its enormous advantages to the country.

“The most important advantage is using the opportunity to continue ‘showcasing’ to the world that Tanzania remains an ideal gateway for regional trade,” he commented.

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