Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), the leading professional body representing supply chain, logistics and transport industries worldwide has launched Africa Forum 2020 and it's logo yesterday in Accra.
The forum which is under the theme: “Sustainable Implementation of the Africa Continental Free Trade
Agreement (AfCFTA): The Role of the Logistics, Transport and Industry”, is scheduled on 18th - 20th march 2020, in Accra, Ghana with over 300 delegates from the continent and beyond.
Aim of the CILT Africa Forum
The aim of the Forum is provides a platform for governments, corporate organizations, individuals and students to share, learn and promote professional and business interests.
The Forum will equally address its challenges for governments and businesses.
According to Mr. Ebo Hammond, president of CILT, Ghana, the forum is a major continental event for CILT, organized annually and rotated among the Africa member countries.
Touching on the theme, he said, the theme "AfCFTA" would serve as a new engine of growth across the continent and logistics, transport and industry in general, having a major role to play in its success and sustainability.
Adding that, the theme was chosen to usher Ghana and other African countries into what has been described as a 'Game Changer.
"The theme for this forum is carefully chosen and this year practically ushers
Ghana and other African countries into what has been described as a 'Game-
Changer'. It is our hope that the focus on the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) further bring to the fore the opportunities inherent in the AfCFTA", he said.
He said, the (AfCFTA) when fully up and running will be the world's largest free trade area by number of countries (55 nations), by number of population (1.2 billion) and gross domestic product ($2.3 trillion, 2017), which rightly described by International Monetary Fund (IMF) as a Game-Changer for the continent, which has a low intra-regional trade of about 16% (2017) of international export trade.
Principal Objective of the CILT
The principal aim of the CILT "is to promote and encourage the art and science of supply chain, logistics and transport" in all its territories and branches.
It also provides extensive opportunities for training and learning opportunities with a range of internationally recognized qualifications and courses.
About Africa Forum 2020 Logo
The CILT logo for Africa Forum 2020 portrays how wide the CILT network expands across Africa. The use of the logo in different shapes and sizes to form an African map signify how networked we are to each other no matter how big or small another country may be.
This further goes to align with the theme of the forum which is "Sustainable Implementation of the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement: The Role of Logistics, Transport and Industry".