The 2018 Edition of the International Transportation & Logistics Fair put Africa in the spotlight thanks to the Africa Logistics Forum that took place in Paris the 21st and 22nd March, in partnership with Bolloré Transport & Logistics.
The continent’s strong dynamism, as well as its infrastructural and regulatory specificities in each country calls operating companies to closely consider their logistics issues in Africa, with the aim of optimizing their operations and development.
The Africa Logistics Forum sought to gather the strong expertise of several companies, all of them being very active on the continent in various industries.
Romain Massoule, from the shipping agency Nile Dutch Africa, assured that the maritime and port infrastructure had improved substantially. The biggest ports on the continent are now productive and allow access of vessels with a capacity of more than 8,000 TEUs.
Jérôme Petit, from Bolloré Transport & Logistics, agreed with his point and explained that the logistics chain’s efficiency always depends on the weakest link. The efforts must now target the territorial links of the chain. He announced considerable investments from Bolloré Transport & Logistics in order to keep the efforts in improving port infrastructures at the highest level, as well as to upgrade and modernize warehousing and distribution activities in the countries with highest growth rates.
Yann Couffon, from Solevo, mentioned the challenges of locally processing raw materials and of inland distribution. All stakeholders must coordinate seamlessly for fast operations, an issue particularly critical to inland countries. He also added that the United States are very concerned; they need customs operations to be facilitated and companies to invest locally.
Tatiana Seguin, from Canal+ International also insisted on the necessity to correctly articulate means of communication and respect customs regulations in different countries.
Yann Alix, representative of Soget and SEFACIL foundation, reminds us that the training of young local stakeholders is imperative in all industry sectors where technical and operational expertise is paramount. In his view, it is indeed a token of the constant improvement of African logistics in the years to come. The other speakers confirmed this point of view and shared their initiatives in their respective environments.
Watch the speeches here:
The integration issues of the Supply Chain
An international and local logistics optimized for the mass consumption industry in Africa: another highlight which allowed the attendees to consider the issue of business development in mass consumption with a case study dedicated to the development of the BEL society on the continent: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F950CtBnWsU
Good practices of complex industrial projects in Africa: The specificities of project logistics were also illustrated by the example of the Lake Turkana wind project in Kenya and the Tobène Power Plant in Senegal.
The professionalism of the speakers and their levels of experience provided a positive and enriching highlight on logistics in Africa, which is essential to benefit from the high economic growth rates of this continent for years to come.