Freight for­warders sum­mit due

East African Business Week - - NEWS - BY Dan nsalasatta

Mwi­jukye said they will dis­cuss and un­der­stand the cur­rent trans­port and lo­gis­tics sec­tor in Uganda, the op­por­tu­ni­ties and chal­lenges to com­pet­i­tively trade in the re­gion

Uganda Freight For­warders As­so­ci­a­tion (UFFA) in part­ner­ship with the Uganda Cham­ber of Mines and Petroleum (UCMP), Min­istry of Works & Trans­port are or­ga­niz­ing the in­au­gu­ral Re­gional Lo­gis­tics EXPO2017 schedule t o take place from the 25th - 27th April 2017 at Kam­pala Serene Ho­tel un­der the theme “Trans­form­ing Uganda into a Re­gional Lo­gis­tics Hub. Ac­cord­ing to Jen­nifer Mwi­jukye Chair­per­son of Uganda Freight For­warders As­so­ci­a­tion (UFFA), the Re­gional Lo­gis­tics Expo 2017 will in­clude a cock­tail of ex­cit­ing ac­tiv­i­ties such as a two day con­fer­ence in­clud­ing mo­ti­va­tional speeches and pre­sen­ta­tions from renowned global speak­ers & ex­perts in the sec­tor, gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials, de­vel­op­ment part­ners, in­dus­try play­ers from within the re­gion and glob­ally, a trans­port, lo­gis­tics & rel­e­vant sup­pli­ers exhibition, me­dia en­gage­ments, net­work­ing events, Busi­ness to Busi­ness En­gage­ment among oth­ers. “The event shall of­fer a unique op­por­tu­nity to share best prac­tice in trade and pol­icy, en­gage­ment with a wide range of stake­hold­ers, and de­fine roles and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties in the de­vel­op­ment process to fa­cil­i­tate a com­pet­i­tive en­vi­ron­ment for the de­vel­op­ment of a lo­gis­tics hub in Uganda,” said Mwi­jukye. She said the Re­gional Lo­gis­tics EXPO2017 will fo­cus mainly on the de­vel­op­ment of a re­gional lo­gis­tics hub in Uganda. “It will there­fore seek to dis­cuss the av­enues to achiev­ing the long term in­fras­truc­tural and high tech de­vel­op­ment ini­tia­tive for fa­cil­i­tat­ing trade and as a key na­tional de­vel­op­ment strat­egy for in­creased com­pet­i­tive­ness in the re­gion. “The event will high­light the role of key stake­hold­ers in achiev­ing the ini­tia­tive while defin­ing ap­pro­pri­ate strate­gies to be em­ployed to achieve the Na­tional Vi­sion for Lo­gis­tics & Trans­port,” stressed Mwi­jukye. Mwi­jukye said they will dis­cuss and un­der­stand the cur­rent trans­port and lo­gis­tics sec­tor in Uganda, the op­por­tu­ni­ties and chal­lenges to com­pet­i­tively trade in the re­gion. “It will pro­vide a fo­rum for the de­vel­op­ment of a hub mas­ter plan, iden­tify in­vest­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties and sources of fund­ing to fi­nance the hub ini­tia­tive. “Dis­sem­i­nate in­for­ma­tion on on­go­ing de­vel­op­ment projects and ini­tia­tives by rel­e­vant stake­hold­ers for the lo­gis­tics and trans­port sec­tor and fa­cil­i­tate UFFA’S role as the lead pri­vate sec­tor lo­gis­tics as­so­ci­a­tion in part­ner­ship with Gov­ern­ment to­wards the im­ple­men­ta­tion and trans­for­ma­tion of Uganda into a Lo­gis­tics Hub. The Chair­man of the UCMP Dr. Elly Karuhanga said; One such plat­form the Oil & Gas Con­ven­tion spear­headed by Uganda Cham­ber of Mines and Petroleum (UCMP) is an in­dus­try plat­form to pro­mote de­vel­op­ments in the Oil & Gas sec­tor Run­ning un­der the theme “Oil and Gas Doors Open In Uganda”, this year’s con­ven­tion will bring to­gether in­dus­try stake­hold­ers to fo­cus on the prac­ti­cal ap­proaches needed to take full ad­van­tage of the nu­mer­ous op­por­tu­ni­ties that are about to be opened in Uganda. “The gen­eral con­sen­sus is that in or­der to achieve first Oil by the year 2020, all stake­hold­ers must co­or­di­nate and plat their roles to fast track de­vel­op­ments to­wards pri­or­ity projects like crude ex­port pipe­line and other pipe­lines, the re­fin­ery and stor­age fa­cil­i­ties plus all other rel­e­vant in­fra­struc­ture. “The need to de­velop in­dus­try spe­cific skills to sup­port these de­vel­op­ments goes with­out say­ing. As such, it is im­per­a­tive that the pri­vate sec­tor in­den­ti­fies en­try points along the value chain within which they can of­fer their var­i­ous ser­vices,” said Karuhanga. He said the de­vel­op­ment of Uganda’s trans­porta­tion, mar­itime, avi­a­tion, road and rail and lo­gis­tics in­fra­struc­ture will po­si­tion the coun­try as a lead­ing lo­gis­tics des­ti­na­tion. “All com­po­nents for the Hub will be syn­er­gized to present seam­less lo­gis­tics ser­vices to the re­gional and in­ter­na­tional trad­ing com­mu­nity. “Key to note is the crit­i­cal com­po­nent of the global lo­gis­tics hub ini­tia­tive as the broad­en­ing of bi­lat­eral col­lab­o­ra­tions with Uganda’s global part­ners, and en­cour­ag­ing pri­vate sec­tor in­vest­ment and fi­nanc­ing through pri­vate-pub­lic part­ner­ships (PPPS).”

“Dis­sem­i­nate in­for­ma­tion on on­go­ing de­vel­op­ment projects and ini­tia­tives by rel­e­vant stake­hold­ers for the lo­gis­tics and trans­port sec­tor and fa­cil­i­tate UFFA’S role as the lead pri­vate sec­tor lo­gis­tics as­so­ci­a­tion in part­ner­ship with Gov­ern­ment to­wards the im­ple­men­ta­tion and trans­for­ma­tion of Uganda into a Lo­gis­tics Hub.

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