CILTSA to host Africa Forum 2017

CILTSAThe Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport: South Africa (CILTSA) has won its bid to host the CILT Africa Forum 2017, which will take place at Montecasino, Fourways, Johannesburg from 28 - 31 March 2017 

250 delegates from more than 15 African countries will attend, including those from Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Nambia, and from last year's host, Mauritius. Cameroon are newcomers as they are in the process of setting up a branch. 

CILTSA President Elvin Harris, the Executive Manager: Strategic Knowledge at Transnet Freight Rail said that “CILTSA is excited to host the Africa Forum 2017! With CILT’s strong footprint in Africa, the event is a unique opportunity for individuals and businesses to expand into other markets and for the South African industry to tap into the African network at one time and in one place.  The Forum also provides a unique platform to learn from logistics and transport professionals from across the continent”. 

“The Forum theme is ‘Chaos and Disruption: the New Norm’: something I am sure all transport and logistics professionals can relate to”, continued Harris. “The international trade environment can be characterised as disruptive and chaotic. Developments in e-Commerce, 3D printing, drone transport, automation of Customs procedures, to name a few, are all factors which are changing the way trade is conducted irretrievably, radically and forever. As African logistics and transport professionals, our future depends on our ability to understand and embrace the huge opportunities which this disruption and chaos creates”. 

“The Africa Forum was established in 2004 and has since held 12 successful meetings in a number of countries in the Region,” explained Major General Umaru Tudunwada Usman, CILT’s International Vice President for Africa and Chairman of the Africa Forum, CILT.

“The main objectives of the Forum are to grow and strengthen membership and education in Africa and develop the Region.  They also include the establishment of professional standards and excellence and to provide opportunities for networking to market and promote the Institute within host countries”.

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