Agility opens world-class lo­gis­tics park in Ghana

Kuwait Times - - BUSINESS -

AC­CRA: Agility, a lead­ing global lo­gis­tics and in­fra­struc­ture provider, has opened a dis­tri­bu­tion park near Ghana’s main port, the first of a net­work of lo­gis­tics parks it in­tends to build across Africa, bring­ing world-class ware­hous­ing and lo­gis­tics ca­pa­bil­i­ties. Ten­ants at the 45-acre Ghana Agility Dis­tri­bu­tion Park in the Tema Port Free Trade Zone En­clave in­clude multi­na­tion­als en­ter­ing the West African mar­ket and small and medium-size Ghana­ian com­pa­nies us­ing the park to ex­pand their op­er­a­tions in light man­u­fac­tur­ing and ex­port and im­port.

Agility is de­vel­op­ing dis­tri­bu­tion parks in Cote D’Ivoire, Tan­za­nia, Nige­ria, Mozam­bique and An­gola. It has ad­di­tional sites avail­able in Sene­gal, Mau­ri­tius and Cameroon. “One of the big­gest con­straints to com­pa­nies start­ing to do busi­ness in Africa is the lack of qual­ity lo­gis­tics and in­fra­struc­ture,” said Ge­of­frey White, CEO of Agility Africa. “This is in­hibit­ing the growth of trade, imports, ex­ports and man­u­fac­tur­ing.” The Agility parks pro­vide 24-hour se­cu­rity, re­li­able power and con­nec­tiv­ity, and in­ter­na­tional-stan­dard ware­hous­ing and lo­gis­tics ser­vices. In ad­di­tion, Agility de­vel­ops “Build-to-Suit” op­tions for cus­tomers to meet their spe­cific re­quire­ments.

“Agility is a world leader in de­vel­op­ing lo­gis­tics parks around the globe. We are com­mit­ted to us­ing this in-depth ex­pe­ri­ence to es­tab­lish a net­work of qual­ity fa­cil­i­ties in Africa,” White said. “By de­vel­op­ing and leas­ing much-needed ware­hous­ing, the Agility Dis­tri­bu­tion Parks help com­pa­nies op­er­ate in Africa with the re­li­able, mod­ern and se­cure in­fra­struc­ture they need to grow their busi­ness, al­low­ing them to ac­cess new markets with­out com­mit­ting large amounts of cap­i­tal.” To meet demand, Agility is build­ing seven more ware­houses at the Ghana park in a sec­ond phase of de­vel­op­ment. It is also fi­nal­iz­ing pro­pos­als for sev­eral large Build-to-Suit fa­cil­i­ties at the Ghana park, each tai­lored to spe­cific cus­tomer re­quire­ments with sizes rang­ing from 5,000 sqm to 25,000 sqm.

Agility Dis­tri­bu­tion Parks meet in­ter­na­tional en­vi­ron­men­tal stan­dards and use eco-friendly con­struc­tion ma­te­ri­als. Agility used energy ef­fi­cient roof and side in­su­lated pan­els; wind-driven roof fans; sky­lights for nat­u­ral light­ing; LED and energy-sav­ing bulbs; and so­lar-pow­ered street lights. The site will re­cy­cle pa­per, plas­tic, metal, and car­ton waste. It pro­vides eco-friendly waste man­age­ment ser­vices and car­bon foot­print re­port­ing. The 2016 Agility Emerg­ing Markets Lo­gis­tics In­dex ranked Ghana as one of the most promis­ing markets in Africa. Africa’s grow­ing mid­dle class and con­sumer spend­ing were iden­ti­fied as the most sig­nif­i­cant drivers for Africa’s growth in the In­dex, an an­nual rank­ing of the world’s most at­trac­tive emerg­ing markets coun­tries.

To pro­vide train­ing in man­age­ment and lo­gis­tics-re­lated skills, Agility has de­vel­oped lead­er­ship pro­grams for Africa that are avail­able to lo­cal em­ploy­ees and university grad­u­ates. Trainees will have the op­por­tu­nity to gain ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing with Agility in Ghana and around the world. “Agility is in­vest­ing in the fu­ture of Africa by fund­ing and de­vel­op­ing projects that build long-term sus­tain­able busi­nesses. The Ghana dis­tri­bu­tion park is just the first step,” White said. “We are proud to be sup­port­ing Ghana’s eco­nomic growth, and the eco­nomic growth of Africa as a whole.”

AC­CRA: Photo shows the Agility Dis­tri­bu­tion Park near Ghana’s main port - the first of a net­work of lo­gis­tics parks it in­tends to build across Africa, bring­ing world-class ware­hous­ing and lo­gis­tics ca­pa­bil­i­ties.

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