CILTSA to host Africa Forum 2017

CILTSA to host Africa Forum 2017

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport: South Africa (CILTSA) will host the CILT Africa Forum 2017, which takes place at Montecasino, Johannesburg, from March 28 to 31. The event is set to attract 250 high-level delegates from more than 15 African countries.

CILTSA president Elvin Harris (executive manager: Strategic Knowledge at Transnet Freight Rail) says: “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 learning platform for 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,” continues 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 radically and irretrievably changing the way trade is conducted.

“As African logistics and transport professionals, our future depends on our ability to understand and embrace the huge opportunities created by this disruption and chaos.”

Major general Umaru Tudunwada Usman, CILT’s international vice president for Africa and chairman of the Africa Forum – CILT, adds: “The main objectives of the Forum are to grow and strengthen membership and education in Africa and develop the region. These include the establishment of professional standards and excellence, to provide opportunities for networking to market and promote the Institute within host countries.”

Topics that will be addressed include:

• The future of the logistics and transport industry;
• Africa’s transport corridors;
• Transnet’s perspective on disruptive changes on the horizon and repositioning itself to meet these challenges;
• Entrepreneurship, leadership and infrastructure in Africa: The formula for success;
• Trends in warehousing automation.

The four-day programme includes sessions for two of CILT’s key interest groups; Young Professionals and Women in Logistics and Transport. For more information visit www.ciltsa.org.za.

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