FIATA's historic visit to Ethiopia showcases commitment to freight forwarding excellence and capacity building

FIATA e-flash
8 August 2023

The 4 Young Logistics Professionals Regional Winners finally revealed!

The very much awaited result of the first round of the 2023 Young Logistics Professionals (YLP) Award is finally available... and the regional winners are: 

  • Region Africa and Middle East: Andre Hein Gerber, SAAFF, South Africa 
  • Region Americas: Viktoriia Rudyk, CIFFA, Canada 
  • Region Asia-Pacific: Hasbi Bin Yaakob, SLA, Singapore 
  • Region Europe: Nils von Salzen, DSLV, Germany 

FIATA and TT Club express their heartfelt congratulations to the four regional winners and acknowledge the paramount importance of such competitions that encourage young people to showcase their talents and dedication in the logistics industry. By participating in the YLP Award, these young professionals have not only demonstrated their profound knowledge but also honed their skills. 

The YLP Award is significant in inspiring and nurturing the next generation of logistics professionals. This year again, exceptional dissertations were submitted by the winners, which not only capture the intricacies of the global supply chain but also consider diverse parameters, displaying their ingenuity and commitment. 

FIATA would like to seize the opportunity to congratulate all the 2023 candidates and thank them for their participation. 

The next steps of the competition will take place at the 2023 FIATA World Congress, in Brussels, where the Global Winner will be announced! Stay connected! 

Interested in becoming the next winner in your region? Visit the YLP dedicated webpage and/or contact us at [email protected].  

FIATA makes historic visit to Ethiopia: Trade facilitation, transport policy, digitalisation and Global Air Cargo Programme talks 

On 27-31 July 2023, FIATA made a historic visit to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, which hosted for the first time a FIATA Director General!

The FIATA Director General joined the Train the Trainer (ToT) award ceremony, hosted by the Ethiopian Freight Forwarders and Shipping Agents Association (EFFSAA), during which students were honoured, highlighting the commitment to capacity building and excellence in the freight forwarding industry.

During the visit, FIATA had the opportunity to meet and engage with key government officials, including the Deputy Customs Commissioner, the National Transport Minister, and the State Transport Minister. As the voice of the freight forwarding and logistics industry, FIATA was able to fulfill its role as a global reference source for industry expertise and knowledge-sharing, providing valuable insights into key elements that are crucial to strengthen national and regional logistics supply chains. In particular, FIATA elaborated on its Digital Strategy, its work with intergovernmental organisations such as the United Nations and the World Customs Organisation (WCO), and the importance of digitalisation and interoperability in the supply chain for greater trade facilitation.

The visit was also the occasion for a special workshop on FIATA's work towards a Global Air Cargo Programme, hosted by the FIATA Air Freight Institute (AFI) Chair, which brought together FIATA representatives to the IATA-FIATA Consultative Council (IFCC). The discussions included consideration of key elements to include in a Global Programme for the benefit of all regions, and possible solutions for the way forward. The delegates also had the possibility to interact with Ethiopian Airlines representatives to discuss the future of air cargo and the current challenges faced. Further updates and opportunities for exchange will take place during the FIATA World Congress 2023.

Finally, the FIATA Director General concluded his visit in Ethiopia with a trip to Ethiopian Airlines' state of the art cargo facilities. This impressive site was a prime hub for cargo activities in the region and the main hub for COVID-vaccine distribution during the pandemic.

Save the date: FIATA-UIC Market Place Seminar, 20-21 November 2023 in Istanbul, Türkiye!

The 11th edition of the Market Place Seminar is scheduled to take place on 20-21 November in Istanbul, Türkiye. FIATA (the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations) and UIC (the International Union of Railways) are jointly organising the 11th edition of the Market Place Seminar, focusing on the developments of the Transport Corridors in Eurasia.   

Under the theme "Shaping the Future of Multimodal Logistics - Connecting the Regions", this year's edition will spotlight the developments of the Middle and Southern rail and multimodal freight corridors. We've brought together speakers from renowned companies in the logistics industry, railway undertakings, and corridor development organisations to discuss new opportunities in Eurasian trade from policy and investment perspectives.

The thematic sessions will explore the agile transformation of the logistics industry in the Middle and Southern Corridors and the provisional programme is available on the event’s website.

Registration will be open soon, and a detailed programme will be available shortly.

Email Scam Warning: 2023 FIATA World Congress

FIATA would like to inform its members that several scam emails have been sent purporting to be from FIATA, or the professional Congress organiser of the 2023 FIATA World Congress in Brussels. Deceitful attempts to sell information including datasets containing contact details of participants from the FIATA World Congress have been reported. 

If you identify such an email as a scam or phishing attempt, please do not open any attachments or links and do not respond to the email. In case of doubt, please contact FIATA at [email protected].

FIATA members, non-members and friends are invited and reminded to register for the 2023 FIATA World Congress, on the theme "the Changing Climate of Logistics" which will take place from Wednesday 4 October to Friday 6 October, with pre-meetings, for FIATA members only, from Sunday 1 October to Tuesday 3 October.

Please visit the official Congress website for more information. FIATA and Forward Belgium look forward to welcoming you in Brussels this fall!


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