Bolloré Logistics Participates in TICAD7 to Further Japan-Africa Developments

October 7th, 2019

Bolloré Logistics Japan participated at the Seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD7) held at Pacifico Yokohama from the 28th to 30th August 2019. Sponsored by Japanese Prime Minister Mr. Shinzo ABE, the event was attended by 46 African presidents this year.

Bolloré Logistics Japan was the only logistics and freight forwarding company present at this event. Along with the participation in various official side events, the company aimed to contribute to the sustainable development of African countries where significant economic growth is expected in the future.

During the "Japan-Africa Business EXPO" under the theme of "Advancing Africa's Development", Japanese companies get to showcase their products, technologies, and services to the leaders of the African countries and government officials who visited Japan during the TICAD7. Taking this opportunity, Bolloré Logistics set up a booth during this event to highlight the group's network and quality service across the 46 African countries.

Achievements during the event

1. Bolloré Logistics Sierra Leone, Sierra Tropical Limited (Dole International's local company), and ITOCHU have signed a Memorandum of Understanding on logistics for Dole’s pineapple farms, processing plants and shipments in Sierra Leone.

2. Four main members from the Industrial Projects teams of Bolloré Logistics Industrial Projects visited Japan to have a close meeting with JGC Holdings Corporation regarding the large-scale LNG project in Mozambique:

  • M. Nicolas DUPART, Directeur de projet - Projets Afrique, France
  • M. Michael ZABANEH, Bolloré Transport & Logistics, Londres
  • M. Frédéric GERVAIS, Directeur régional des Projets Industriels, Asie-Pacifique
  • M. Bertrand FLEURY, Directeur général, Mozambique

Photo (left to right): Mr. Fabien GIORDANO, Bolloré Logistics CEO - North Asia / Managing Director for Japan, with Mr. Toshikazu OTANI, Chief Executive for Africa, ITOCHU Corporation, and Mr. Fabjanko KOKAN, Country Manager, Bolloré Transport & Logistics Sierra Leone.


The Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) is a summit-level international conference initiated by Japan in 1993. TICAD is co-organized by Japan, the United Nations, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the World Bank and the African Union Commission (AUC) and discusses a range of issues affecting Africa with the participation of leaders of African countries and representatives from international organizations, development partner countries, private companies and civil society organizations. Starting with TICAD I in 1993 until TICAD V in 2013, the conference was held every five years in Japan. From TICAD VI in 2016 onwards, the conference is to be held every three years, hosted alternately in Africa and Japan.

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