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CILT (GH) TEMA Holds Maiden Annual Award Night

Posted by Ziad Hamoui on December 12, 2012 at 3:40 PM Comments comments (0)

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) in Ghana - Tema branch, in collaboration with Corporate Initiative Ghana (CIG), held its first-ever annual awards event, the "CILT 2011 Logistics Excellence Awards", which awarded the leading organizations and individuals in Tema for their outstanding performance during the year 2011.

The prestigious award was themed "Driving Efficiency to Improve the Capacity of Ghana's Ports" and took place at the GPHA towers' 10th floor AMBAR restaurant, in a relaxed and jovial atmosphere that was attended by high level representatives of the shipping and logistics authorities, as well as various individuals and organization representatives.

Following general remarks from the organizing committee, the institute's branch president, the acting director general of Tema port and the manager of port operations at Meridian Port Services, the maiden awards were handed out as follows:

1.    Terminal Supervisor of the Year: SAMUEL BUOBU

2.    Customs Officer of the Year 2011 – Junior Staff

3.    Customs Officer of the Year 2011 – Senior Staff

4.   The Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport Member of the Year 2011:(

5.   Transitor of the Year 2011 – Niger: ETS NIGER COMMERCE

6.   Transitor of the Year 2011 – Burkina Faso: ETABLISSEMENTS TIENDREBEOGO SAIDOU

7.   Container Freight Station of the Year: CONSOLIDATED SHIPPING AGENCIES LIMITED

8.   Inland Container Depot of the Year: AFRICAN COASTAL SERVICES

9.   Stevedore Company of the Year 2011: GOLDEN GATE STEVEDORING COMPANY LIMITED

10. Customs House Agent of the Year: PANALPINA GHANA LIMITED

11. Freight Forwarding Company of the Year 2011: ALLSHIP GHANA LIMITED

12. Shipper of the Year 2011: OLAM GHANA LIMITED

13. Logistics and Transport Personality of the Year 2011: MR. MACDONALD CHIMANDAS VASNANI

(a detailed list can be downloaded by clicking here)

CILT Tema would like to congratulate all winners for their outstanding performance and would like to  assure its members and supporters that the upcoming edition of the excellence awards will be even bigger and will raise the bar even higher, both in terms of the event organization and the award criterion, in order to encourage competitiveness on the national scale. See you all next year.

CILT (GH) Tema Planning Excellence Awards

Posted by Ziad Hamoui on June 1, 2012 at 7:15 PM Comments comments (0)


The Executive Committee of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) in Ghana - Tema branch is planning an excellence awards event this upcoming September, in order to celebrate the achievements of the local transport and logistics best performers.


The event will be hosted at the GPHA Towers and will be organized by Corporate Initiative Ghana, one of the country's largest and most prestigious event managers. CILT is the world's most renowned brand in promoting the art and science of transport and logistics, with more than 33,000 members worldwide. For more information about CILT (GH) Tema, vist their website at www.cilt-tema.org

BORDERLESS Alliance Holds Regional Conference

Posted by Ziad Hamoui on May 16, 2012 at 7:10 PM Comments comments (0)

The Borderless Alliance recently held its first annual conference at the Golf Hotel, Cote d'Ivoire, May 15-16, with the participation of more than 170 regional trade and transport stakeholders.

The event was co-sponsored by the Ministry of Commerce - Cote d'Ivoire and the Export Promotion Agency (APEX-CI), as well as the West Africa Trade Hub. It feautures a series of technical brfeakout sessions that discussed various aspects of regional trade and transport and highlighted action plans and priorities for the stakeholders and included a dialogue between various public and private stakeholders.

During the conference, the members of the Borderless Alliance elected a seven-member executive committee and nominated Mr. Ziad Hamoui of Tarzan Enterprise Ltd. (Ghana) as their president for a two-year period, in addition to a 1st Vice-President (Mr. Will Krofah, Federation of West African Chambers of Commerce and Industries) and a 2nd Vice-President ( Mrs. Kadiatou Ouattara, COPRA - Cote d'Ivoire).


The Borderless Alliance will begin implementing a region-wide plan to advocate the removal of trade and transport barriers in West Africa and contribute to increasing regional integration. For more information about joining the alliance and related issues, visit their website at www.borderlesswa.com



CILT Ghana holds Investiture Dinner

Posted by Ziad Hamoui on April 26, 2012 at 12:30 PM Comments comments (0)

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in Ghana marked the recent election of its new president, Mr. G D Mensah, as well as the newly-elected governing council of CILT Ghana, with an investiture dinner that was held at the Regency Hotel in Accra.

The event was attended by fellows and friends of the institute, as well members of the media. It was chaired by Mr. Charles Taylor and featured the Vice-President of Africa region at CILT-International, Mr. Teete Owusu-Nortey, as well as a representative of the Minister of Transport. Following opening prayers and remarks by the chairman and special guests, the function proceeded in a festive mood through the traditional handing ceremony and swearing of the new Governing Council and came to an end with the new president's acceptance speech and ensuing networking dinner.

CILT Tema holds Shipper's Corner

Posted by Ziad Hamoui on February 26, 2012 at 4:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Following up on the success of its first similar event, The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) in Ghana - Tema branch held its second Shipper's Corner at Ave Maria Resort in Tema on 25 February.

"It's a great way to combine our general meetings with networking opportunities", said Kumi Adjei Sam, the branch chairman. During the event, a short presentation about the branch's upcoming events was made (view schedule here), in addition to encouraging renewal of membership dues outstanding and the benefits of joining CILT as a career anchor.

To view pictures from that event, click on this link.

Why do Trade Barriers Still Exist in Africa?

Posted by Ziad Hamoui on February 21, 2012 at 4:05 AM Comments comments (0)

At first, it seems as if everyone agrees; barriers to trade and transport should be abolished, both locally and regionally, trade and transport facilitation are top priorities for a flourishing economy, in addition to endless variations of the same issue. For those who know, the reality totally contradicts the pledges of reform that have been made so many times for so many years.


Indeed, the main idea behind the original creation of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in 1975 at Lagos and the subsequent establishment of the Union Economique et Monetaire Oueste-Africaine" (UEMOA) in 1994 at Dakar, was the creation of a regional economic zone where goods and people move freely, where larger markets allow for bigger economies of scale and more prosperity to the regional stakeholders. The logic goes that better business environments mean more investments, which leads to more jobs creation, hence higher domestic incomes and government revenues.


And yet, these aspirations failed to materialize, but rather revealed a myriad of related issues; the lack of political will to reform some of the obsolete regulations at the points of entries and border-crossing, differing customs procedures and duty regimes, lack of funds and unwillingly to relinquish centralized control are just the tip of the iceberg, as deeper dialogue between various public and private stakeholders continue to expose conflicts of interests and clashing priorities; should goods security supersede transport efficiency?


Nevertheless, continuous dialogue is visibly improving the awareness of the various stakeholders of the collective responsibility that is required, in order to achieve social, poltical and economical prosperity; so, for example, it is true that cargo hijacking is a serious threat to transit trade, but it is also true that, without faster procedures, inefficiency will always lead to high costs for consumers and inefficient trade for all parties involved. This will eventually reflect on the budget allocated to uniformed services for ensuring cargo security because of dwindling taxes due to decreasing trade.


These conundrums will continue to exist until all those involved in trade and transport realize that they need to keep in mind the "big picture"; with a holistic dialogue, the elimination of conflicts of interest between the public and private stakeholders will result in a visible speed-up in regional integration initiatives, which will be in everybody's benefit.

GPHA Tower Hosts WISTA Cockail

Posted by Ziad Hamoui on February 10, 2012 at 12:30 PM Comments comments (1)

The "Women in Shipping and Transport Association" (WISTA) in Ghana organized a cocktail party at the GPHA Tower in Tema.

This networking event, which was supported by the Ghana Shippers Authority, was the first event to be hosted at the newly-inaugurated building's roof-top venue and was attended by representatives of the transport and shipping industries, as well as a several of the association's members in support of its objectives of women empowerment.

The president of WISTA Ghana, Mrs Naa Densua-Aryeetey, who is also the Tema branch Manager of the Ghana Shippers Authority (GSA), welcomed the attendance and briefed them on the objectives and achievements in Ghana, since the launching of its Ghana branch in September 2010; the Women's International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA) is an international organization for women in management positions involved in maritime transportation business and related trades worldwide.

 WISTA aims to be a major player in attracting more women to the industry and in supporting women in management positions. With networking, education and mentoring in focus we can enhance members' competence and empower career success.

 WISTA is growing and currently counts over 1.500 individual members in 33 National WISTA Associations (NWAs). A full list of its activities for the year 2012 can be accessed here.

World Bank Report on African Trade Barriers is Out

Posted by Ziad Hamoui on February 8, 2012 at 4:00 AM Comments comments (0)

The World Bank has recently published a report on trade barriers in Africa and their effect. The report, titled "De-Fragmenting:Africa: Deepening Regional Trade Integration in Goods and Services", bemoans the missed opportunity of inter-regional trade on the continent and the fact that "it is easier for Africa to trade with the rest of the world than with itself" (for link to full PDF report, click here).

 The World Bank's Vice President for Africa and former Nigerian Minister of Extractive Industries, Mrs. Obiageli "Oby" Ezekwesili, who is a fervent promoter of trade and transport facilitation on the continent, states that "It is clear that Africa is not reaching its potential for regional trade, despite the fact that its benefits are enormous they create larger markets, help countries diversify their economies, reduce costs, improve productivity and help reduce poverty", according to World Bank press release no. 2012/239/AFR of 08 February 2012.

 Regional integration and its benefits have proven tricky in Africa, despite the unanimous agreement on its benefits and its priority, even while the perpetrators are carrying on with their restrictive methods.

 Similarly, a recently-published article by the International Trade Forum, titled "Aspirations vs. Reality: Local Perspectives on Regional Trade", highlights the same issues in discussions with West African trade and transport stakeholders (follow link here).

Regional monitoring and evaluation initiatives, such as the Improved Road Transport Governance initiative that is condicted by the West Africa Trade Hub, with the support of ECOWAS and UEMOA, have been successful at measuring the levels of bribes and delays along the West African corridors, in addition to coming up with a list of suggestions for improvement. At the top of its list, market liberalization and checkpoint elimination seem to have the highest potential for significantly reducing some of these barriers. Eventually, it will take local and regioanl political will, in addition to collaboration between the various private and public stakeholders, if any positive and permanent change is to be made.

Transport Roadshow in Kumasi

Posted by Ziad Hamoui on February 2, 2012 at 3:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Ghana Shippers Authority, in partnership with the USAID / West Africa Trade Hub, organized a transport workshop in Kumasi, in order to address transport-related issues along the Ghanaian corridors.

The event took place at the Miklin Hotel in Kumasi and was attended by key public and private stakeholders in Ghana, including representatives from the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority, Ghana Customs and Police, Shippers' councils from across the region, the National Road Safety Commission, banks and various transport companies and unions. The nature of the dialogue was good-hearted and the exchange of information was critical in highlighting the differing points of views and priorities, but everyone agreed that efforts should be made in order to reduce barriers to trade and transport and that it was a collective responsibility.


The Borderless Alliance was also present, as it promoted its advocacy campaign at the event, stressing on the importance and benefits of increasing private sector participation in increasing the effectiveness of its campaign. For more information about joining or other related info, visit their website at www.borderlesswa.com

IFWLA Latest E-Zine Issue now Available

Posted by Ziad Hamoui on January 18, 2012 at 10:20 AM Comments comments (0)

The International Federation of Warehousing and Logistics Associations (IFWLA) released their latest E-Magazine issue; you can check the interactive issue, which contains the latest information from the warehousing and logistics international industries, by clicking here. Or, you could download it in PDF format by accessing this link.