Dear CILT Colleagues and Friends,
Alongside Paul Brooks and Jon Harris, I have just returned from the Africa Forum held in Arusha, Tanzania. This was my third Forum and it was another wonderful event where we were able to meet so many of ourInstitute colleagues from the continent.
The theme of this year’s Africa Forum was: “Contemporary Issues in Logistics and Transport in the 21st Century” and covered several key topics, including; port efficiency and congestion, road safety programmes, urban transport planning and security, and new opportunities for rail and air sectors in Africa. You can read more about the event later in this newsletter.
The event encouraged participation from all members; with a good number of Tanzanian students, our WiLAT ladies from across Africa and many senior industry representatives in attendance. The participation from government officials and the armed forces is always high in Africa and these parties are a key focus for the Institute as we look to gain recognition for CILT membership as a requirement for employment in transport and logistics jobs throughout many African countries.
The participation in discussions following each set of speakers was very strong, and the contributions from the government and armed forces were notable, especially from Tanzania, Uganda and Nigeria. It is clear that to make progress as an Institute we need to work closely with these key stakeholders and engage them in our activities as fellow professionals, colleagues and friends.
As in Africa, so in the rest of the world, as an Institute we now need to be at the heart of the contemporary issues in transport and logistics. This requires active stakeholder engagement by inviting our government and industry partners to our events, joining with them in discussion and then moving the discussion to the joint formation of policy and actions. That is our role as a professional body in making things happen and change in our 21st century world.