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Africa Forum 2016 Welcome Address

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Major General Usman rtd, IVP Africa, welcomes delegates to the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport's Africa Forum 2016 in Mauritius

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Africa Forum 2016 Welcome Address

  1. 1. WELCOME ADDRESS BY MAJ GEN UT USMAN FCILT INTERNATIONAL VICE PRESIDENT & CHAIRMAN AFRICA FORUM AT THE 2016 CILT AFRICA FORUM HELD AT INTERCONTINENTAL HOTEL RESORT, BALACLAVA, MAURITIUS 09 – 11 MARCH, 2016 1 2016 CILT Africa Forum – Mauritius
  2. 2. It gives me a great pleasure to speak to you this morning and to welcome you all cordially to the 2016 Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) Africa Forum in Mauritius, Mauritius – “The Key and Star of the Indian Ocean”. That nearly all of us here travelled long distances from our various countries for this meeting, serves to remind us of the importance of CILT globally and the positive impact of our overall activities in the Supply Chain, Logistics and Transport Industry. May I therefore, seize this opportunity to specially welcome all delegates, the Sponsors of this years meeting and Government Officials that gave ample support towards the hosting of this event. We are delighted to have all of you all here to participate, share knowledge and network for professional excellence as the theme of this year’s forum which is: Exploring Africa Hub – Logistics and Transport as Growth Drivers was deliberately chosen in view of the abandoned opportunities for sustained growth and development that abound in the region. 2 2016 CILT Africa Forum – Mauritius
  3. 3. 3 Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen. To those of you that are familiar with the delegates attendance to the Africa Forum since inception, Nigeria’s delegation to the Forum have always been outstanding and this year’s Mauritius Forum is not an exception. We are honoured to have a very high delegation of three indentified distinguished group from Nigeria to this year’s Mauritius meeting. These distinguished groups consist of the Military, Politicians and the Academia. On the military side, the Chief of Army Staff, Nigerian Army, Lt. General TY Buratai released 3 officers led by the Chief of Logistics of the Nigerian Army to this meeting and the Chief of Air Staff Nigerian Airforce also released 2 Air Commodores currently serving in the Airforce Logistics Department. 2016 CILT Africa Forum – Mauritius
  4. 4. 4 This is the first time in the history of Africa Forum that the Nigerian Military would be sending such very Senior Serving Distinguished Officers to be part of our meeting. On the political side, we are honoured with the presence of 2 Honourable State Commissioners, all the way from Nigeria. These are; Honourable Manger Torkuna Emmanuel, Honourable Manger Torkuna Emmanuel is currently as Honourable Commissioner for Works, Transport, Power and Energy in Benue State and Honourable Lawal Adamu Alhaji, he is also the current Honourable Commissioner for Works and Transport in Borno State. 2016 CILT Africa Forum – Mauritius
  5. 5. 5 For those in the academia, we have the Director General of the Nigerian Institute of Transport Technology, Dr. Aminu Yusuf FCILT and his group. To my humble self and CILT International, it is a great honour to have these group of distinguished Nigerians in our midst today. I therefore, wish to specially welcome these respected high profile Nigerians most respectfully to this year’s forum in Mauritius. 2016 CILT Africa Forum – Mauritius
  6. 6. 6 Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, for the first time in the history of the Africa Forum, we have in our midst, delegation from Malaysia led by the President CILT Malaysia and International Vice President Regional Asia, Mr. Radzak Malek. Accompanying the Regional IVP Malaysia is Mr. Ramli, Deputy President CILT Malaysia, Dr. Rossly Azad Khan Vice President CILT Malaysia and his wife. It is considered necessary to invite the delegation from Malaysia for this year’s forum in view of the fact that Asia is also gearing up to establish its own CILT Asia Forum in line with what those of us in Africa have been doing in the past twelve years. It is indeed, an honour and privilege to have the Malaysia delegates with us in Africa Forum this year. I therefore, wish to warmly and most respectfully welcome my counterpart in the Asia Region, Mr. Radzak and his team to this years meeting in Mauritius. 2016 CILT Africa Forum – Mauritius
  7. 7. 7 To our International Ambassador, Chief Teetee Owusu- Nortey who traveled all the way from Ghana via Kenya on shuttled diplomacy, you are most welcomed. I believe Teete Owusu-Nortey is well known because he was Chairman Africa Forum for nearly six (6) years. He handed over Chairman Africa Forum to Prof. Olupot of Uganda and I took over from Prof. Olupot of Uganda in March last year in Arusha, Tanzania. To all the resource persons in Mauritius and all those that have traveled far and wide to this meeting, including the global convener WILAT, it is my honour and privilege to specially welcome you also. 2016 CILT Africa Forum – Mauritius
  8. 8. 8 Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, permit me to congratulate our host, the Chairman CILT Mauritius, Mr. Naden Padayachi and his able lieutenants for accepting to host this Forum in spite of obvious constraint and challenges. Indeed, following the hosting of the 2015 CILT Convention in Dubai, and the programmed 2016 CILT International Convention in Montreal, Canada, it was considered very tight to host the Africa Forum in Mauritius in March this year. The late hosting of the 2015 Convention in Dubai and the programmed 2016 Montreal Convention did not provide the much needed time for members in the Africa Region to adequately prepare for maximum attendance due to obvious constraints. 2016 CILT Africa Forum – Mauritius
  9. 9. 9 That CILT Mauritius was able to put their heads together and face the challenges of hosting the 2016 meeting is highly commendable and their effort in receiving the Honourable Prime Minister’s acceptance to launch the meeting is indeed an honour to all of us in global CILT Family. 2016 CILT Africa Forum – Mauritius
  10. 10. 10 Mr. President, Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, the Africa Forum was established in 2004 and have since then held 11 successful meetings in a number of countries in the Region. The main objectives of the Forum are as follows:  To grow and strengthen membership and education in Africa and develop the Region.  To establish professional standards and excellence in the Region.  To provide opportunities for Networking.  To market and promote the Institute within host countries. 2016 CILT Africa Forum – Mauritius
  11. 11. 11 To a large extent, the objectives for which the Forum was established are being achieved and progress is being recorded annually. However, it was observed that CILT Africa Forum have all along been conducting affairs in collaboration with host nation government establishments and corporate organizations without involving development agencies in the Region. In line with Africa Union Strategic Framework for Pan African socio-economic development in the 21st century, it was considered necessary to invite Africa’s regional development organizations and agencies which represent Africa’s gateway to economic development and prosperity. 2016 CILT Africa Forum – Mauritius
  12. 12. 12 For this reason, invitation letters to the 2016 Africa Forum was sent to the following developmental organizations and bodies:  New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD)  Africa Union Commission (AUC)  United Nation Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)  Southern African Development Community (SADC)  African Development Bank (ADB)  Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)  Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) 2016 CILT Africa Forum – Mauritius
  13. 13. 13 Of all these organizations that were contacted and invited for the 2016 Africa Forum, responses were received from Africa Union Commission and United Nations Economic Commission for Africa. A number of these development agencies/organizations when contacted, complained of funds and lack of budgeting to sponsor relevant officers to attend the meeting. While we can understand the financial constraint of these regional bodies, we shall continue to communicate with them so that they will be aware of our activities and make budgetary provisions for attendance of subsequent Africa Forum to assist us in our quest for sustained progress and economic development and also assist in encouraging Francophone African countries into the fold of CILT family in the Region. On my part, I will continue to strive to remind these African Development/Agencies and organizations of the importance of our activities in the Region and the need for them to partner with CILT in the Region and beyond. 2016 CILT Africa Forum – Mauritius
  14. 14. 14 Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, I have no doubt that the proceedings of this year’s Forum will be a valuable resource for all of us as we are privileged to have resources persons of repute who will present to us topical issues of interest that will help in galvanizing the appropriate establishments for socio and economic development of the Region. I have no doubt that we shall all leave this place fulfilled and satisfied. Once again, I want to welcome all our distinguished delegates and each and everyone of you present here today and trust that we shall all have a fruitful deliberation while enjoying the beauty of Mauritius and its lovely environment and people. 2016 CILT Africa Forum – Mauritius
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