We enter a new year where our contribution as logistics and transport professionals is ever more critical in our national and global situations.
In the past year there have been many tragedies at sea and in the air which have made us all conscious of the risks in daily travel but underline our leadership role in the industry to make travel safer for all.
The problems of Ebola and other diseases have become international problems requiring logistics expertise as well as medical solutions in a very new and different way.
Our economies dependence on international and national trade and the swift transportation of goods are ever more critical to support growing and more affluent populations.
We also enter a new year with a new International President, Paul Brooks. Welcome to Paul as he enters his two years in the role and we look forward to his direction and leadership as we move forward on our five year strategic path that we outline in this newsletter.
It is also right to recognise in our newsletter the legacy of his predecessor, Dr Dorothy Chan. Dorothy has given us a strong feeling of family and togetherness which will serve us well as we seek to grow the influence and the presence of CILT in the countries where we have organisations today and in new countries tomorrow.
In 2015 we have three major meeting forums where we can all get together. The main one is the International Convention, to be held this year in Dubai from September 13th to 16th. This is a very exciting opportunity to get together, and because we are this year in the Middle East, for the first time since 2005, there is a great opportunity for more of you to join us from Europe and Africa. Please put the date in your diaries and plan to attend.
The Africa Forum (March 4th to 6th) in Arusha, Tanzania, promises to be a significant event as we look to bring together all the African CILT organisations around a common theme. Details of how to book are within this newsletter.
On April 22nd and 23rd we hold our second China CILT conference in Beijing in conjunction with CILT China and the theme will be Innovation, Development, Co-operation, Win-Win. We encourage all those with interests in China to attend the event, that when first held in 2014, had over 200 local delegates and much local interest.
May I and the Secretariat; Jon, Ceri and Zoe, wish you all a happy and successful New Year and hope we can meet, help and support many of you in the year ahead.