Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) has launched this years CILT Africa Forum 2020 at La-palm Royal Beach Hotel in Accra, calling on Transport and Industry players to ensure intra African Trade and hosting AfCFTA which would further open Ghana’s industrial sector to compete with other African countries and world at Large.

According to the International Vice President for Africa and Chairman of African Forum for CILT, Dr. Newton Demba, government of Ghana needs a purposeful and deliberate plan to refinance and retool Ghana’s industries to stand up to foreign competition.

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He mentioned that trading among African countries with a market of more than 1.2 billion people is a major turning point towards the transformational agenda to liberate the continent from area where there is poverty and deprivation.

Dr. Newton Demba, made this call in his keynote address at the Official launch of the CILT African Forum 2020 held at the La-palm Royal Beach Hotel in Accra

To him, CILT Africa Forum is a regional meeting of the Institute aimed at supporting sub-regions and individual countries on the continent to grow and develop professionally, tap the professional skills of members to assist in the areas of program and development and build capacities to connect and compete in available opportunities, within Africa and the global market.

“CILT is established to promote and encourage the art and science of supply chain, logistics and transport” in all its territories and branches. It achieves this objective both through its membership and professional qualifications and to provide extensive opportunities for training and learning opportunities with a range of internationally recognized qualifications and courses,” Dr. Demba noted.

He pointed out that CILT Ghana’s efforts in championing the course of CILT in Ghana and Africa in the area of professional education and training in Logistics and Transport as well as policy advice to the Government of Ghana, which have been in the areas of road transport, aviation, ports and logistics, must be recognized.

The theme for this year’s Forum; “Sustainable Implementation of the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA): The Role of the Logistics, Transport and Industry is carefully chosen as “this year practically ushers Ghana and other African countries into what has been described as a ‘GameChanger’.”

Mr. Ebo Hammond, the President of CILT-Ghana, hinted that the forum however, will highlight its challenges for governments and businesses. The AfCFTA, whose Secretariat will be hosted in Ghana 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) once it is fully up and running.

Mr. Hammond, further explained that Ghana is ready to host the rest of Africa and the world, particularly coming on the heels of a hugely successful ‘Year of Return’ in 2019, which saw huge numbers of visitors into the country.

The CILT forum provides a platform for governments, corporate organizations, individuals and students to share, learn and promote professional and business interests. Various presentations and discussions pertaining to the theme will be delivered by seasoned professionals in the industry and academia.

This year’s forum is scheduled for the 18th – 20th March 2020 under the theme; ‘Sustainable Implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA); The role of Logistics, Transport and Industry.

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