Cre­at­ing a bench­mark in lo­gis­tics: Ped­nekar

With the fo­cus on FIATA World Congress 2018 and strength­en­ing Fed­er­a­tion of Freight For­warder As­so­ci­a­tion of In­dia (FFFAI), Ashish S. Ped­nekar, has now taken charge of FFFAI. He charts out his plans for the in­dus­try.

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My first pri­or­ity would be cre­at­ing aware­ness to make the FIATA World Congress-2018, which is be­ing held from Septem­ber 25-29, 2018, in New Delhi with FFFAI as host or­gan­i­sa­tion, a great suc­cess. As FIATA World Congress has been the bench­mark­ing event for all lo­gis­tics pro­fes­sion­als, we are ex­pect­ing 1500 for­eign and In­dian del­e­gates in this mega in­ter­na­tional event. FFFAI is com­mit­ted to make this event a mile­stone for the de­vel­op­ment of In­dia’s man­u­fac­tur­ing, ex­port/ im­port, for­ward­ing and lo­gis­tics in­dus­try. It would pro­vide an op­por­tu­nity for interaction on best prac­tices in lo­gis­tics across the world. We are also seek­ing sup­port from all in­dus­try stake­hold­ers and gov­ern­ment to script the suc­cess story of FWC-2018. Mean­while, also in­ter­act­ing with all rel­e­vant min­istries and PMO of­fice for their max­i­mum par­tic­i­pa­tion.

The cur­rent Prime Min­is­ter of In­dia’s vi­sion ‘Zero Cor­rup­tion’ should be im­ple­mented in let­ter of in­tent and spirit. We would con­vey reg­u­lar sug­ges­tions to the Depart­ment of Rev­enue, Min­istry of Fi­nance to make sure there are trans­parency and min­i­mum in­ter­faces be­tween Depart­ment of Cus­toms and Cus­toms Bro­kers. We sup­port all path­break­ing ini­tia­tives from the gov­ern­ment in­clud­ing the lat­est revo­lu­tion­ary step i.e. GST. The tax has in­te­grated the coun­try as re­gard to fi­nan­cial in­te­gra­tion, fa­cil­i­ta­tion of quick cargo move­ment and rev­enue earn­ings to strengthen the coun­try.

At the same time, I would like to em­pha­sise on en­hanc­ing skill for lo­gis­tics in­dus­try by col­lab­o­rat­ing with the gov­ern­ment. Our skill de­vel­op­ing arm, In­dian In­sti­tute of Freight For­warders (IIFF), is go­ing to fur­ther strengthen gov­ern­ment’s ‘Skill In­dia’ ini­tia­tive for the ben­e­fit of lo­gis­tics in­dus­try by sign­ing MoU with the Skill Coun­cil for Lo­gis­tics, un­der the Min­istry of Skill De­vel­op­ment. There is huge skill gap pre­vail­ing in the cargo and lo­gis­tics in­dus­try and IIFF un­der FFFAI would play the crit­i­cal role in sup­ply­ing trained man­power, which will re­sult in tremen­dous ef­fects on per­for­mance and per­cep­tion about this hith­erto un­or­gan­ised, and at the same time, po­ten­tial sun­rise sec­tor.

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