Zimbabwe is set to host the Africa Forum Conference from the 4th-6th of April 2019 being organised by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport Zimbabwe (CILT) in conjunction with their international office and the Africa Forum.

The conference is slated for at the Harare International Conference Centre in Harare.

It brings together professionals, senior government officials, development funders and policy makers from various countries across the continents to address issues pertinent to supply chain, logistics and transport in order to inform policy directions and global interventions.

Africa Forum Conference Country Coordinator Dr Newton Demba said the conference which will run under the theme:  “From Resilience To Efficiency – 100 Years Of Navigating Supply Chain, Logistics And Transport For Africa’s Growth”,  will  focus on three pillars of capacity building namely; human capacity, financial capacity and infrastructure capacity.

He added that the conference will future seasoned local, regional and international speakers from development and financial institutions, high ranking government officials, captains of industry and commerce, among others.

“We are excited about this development as it provides our country with a platform to market itself as a safe destination for tourism, centre of excellence for various forms of business engagements and a perfect environment for investments. It’s a rare opportunity as this year’s conference which coincides with our centenary celebrations, where we celebrate 100 years of existence as a professional institute in supply chain, logistics and transport, is coming to Zimbabwe for the first time in 100 years.

“Engagements and re-engagement efforts by the highest office under the mantra  ‘Zimbabwe Is Open For Business’ are yielding results as other countries are warming up to the call. The conference is expected to host more than 400 delegates and 30 CILT member countries globally, with countries like Nigeria, Zambia, South Africa, Uganda, Ghana, United Kingdom and Poland confirming participation already,” said Dr Demba.

Speaking from his base in Ghana about security of regional and international delegates, Africa Forum Chairman and International Vice President, Chief Teete Owusu-Nortey said Zimbabwe is a free and peaceful country and the security of delegates is guaranteed.

“I was in Zimbabwe for a technical assessment from 9-14 December 2018 and I was back again in Zimbabwe from the 26th -28th of January 2019. Zimbabwe is a peaceful environment and has good facilities to host international conferences,” he said.

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport International is a leading professional body representing supply chain, logistics and transport industries worldwide.

It is a membership-based organisation with over 30 000 members in over 30 countries.

The CILT, formerly the Chartered Institute of Transport was formed in 1919 in United Kingdom and was granted its royal charter in 1926.