Agility’s warehouse parks makes doing business easier and less risky and therefore attracts new multinational companies to come to Mozambique
MAPUTO, Mozambique, May 13, 2019 – “Agility is a long-term sustainable investor and is a strong advocate of the future of Mozambique,” says Deanne De Vries, Senior Vice President for Agility Africa, a global warehousing and logistics multinational rapidly expanding across the continent.
Her comments come ahead of the second annual bilingual MozamReal Property Forum taking place on 5 June in Maputo, where De Vries will present a detailed view, and site tour, of the warehousing giant’s first phase of 32,000 square meters of A-grade warehousing space suitable for storage, distribution, packaging, processing and light industrial work.
De Vries’ robust views are shared by the host of MozamReal, API Events’ Kfir Rusin. As a pan African business to business networking conference, API Events’ forums are synonymous for driving investment and formalizing the investment opportunity in local markets.
As he comments, “For investors looking to position themselves for growth in one of the continent’s biggest future economies, Mozambique provides a strategic long-term growth opportunity with exceptional opportunities in hubs from Maputo to Pemba, Tete, Nampula and more.”
With conservative growth forecasts predicting a doubling of Mozambique’s GDP in the next four to five years, the global logistics giant’s future growth strategy is increasingly geared towards the continent and in lynchpin markets such as Mozambique.
“Agility is building a pan-African network of international standard warehouse parks that will provide the warehousing infrastructure for companies to access the burgeoning African market supporting imports and exports and enabling the development of trade internationally, domestically and regionally,” says De Vries.
Driven by population growth, technology adoption and 5% average GDP growth across the continent, the need for warehouse parks are a product of the changing macroeconomic trends of “Small & Medium Enterprises (SME) and ecommerce fulfillment” in Africa, says De Vries.
As she explains, “Ecommerce can require four times more warehousing in markets than traditional logistics pathways.”
Owning more than 2.2 million square meters of logistics space worldwide and with over 60,000 global clients, Agility’s warehouse park on the Maputo Ring Road is set to transform and improve the ease of doing business in the economy.
“Agility’s warehouse parks makes doing business easier and less risky and therefore attracts new multinational companies to come to Mozambique which in turn drives further capital investment, creating more jobs and stimulating the economy.”
While a core-focus for the group is on providing a de-risked investment model into new markets for cross sector client base, their strategy is evidence of a nuanced and maturing Africa strategy says Rusin.
“Agility has been in Mozambique for four years and it’s refreshing to see a global giant enter the market with a tailored business plan that caters to both large scale investors and SMEs.”
As De Vries comments, “Agility’s warehouse parks reduce capital costs, shorten lead times and de-risk market entry for both MNCs and SMEs.”
She adds that, “Our support program for local Mozambican SME companies enables them to lease our international standard warehouse facilities by paying only three-months security deposit. SME’s don’t require a strong balance sheet or financial guarantees so are able to access quality warehousing for expanding their business without having to raise expensive capital.”
As one of several international companies, including Heineken and CDM, to have set up shop in the Marracuene area of Maputo, Agility Africa’s strategy is long-term and bullish.
Says De Vries, “When we identify locations, we constantly review how and where major cities are expanding and where the center of business will be in 5 or 10 years.”
As one of the major sponsors of MozamReal 2019, delegates will have the opportunity to accompany De Vries on an investor site-tour of the first phase of the development, which will, in time, cover the equivalent of over 24 football pitches.
Says De Vries, “Our partnership with MozamReal will help us get the word out to even more companies and individuals about our warehouse park but also about the opportunities in Mozambique for the (industrial) real estate sector – a very nascent sector in Mozambique’s real estate arena.”
Rusin believes that Agility’s local and global positioning in the market is effective and generating local excitement in a sector that is recovering rapidly.
“Our 2019 theme is Positioning for Growth, and we believe that Agility are just the first movers in a market that will rapidly transform over the next couple of years.”
Cargo handled by Kenya’s Mombasa port up 6% in eleven months to May
MOMBASA, March 21, 2018 (Xinhua) — A container is unloaded from a ship in Mombasa Port, Mombasa, Kenya, in this file photo taken on Jan. 10, 2017. Kenya’s main port of Mombasa handled 6.3% more cargo in the last eleven months thanks to higher efficiency. (Xinhua/Sun Ruibo) (rh)
MOMBASA – Kenya’s main port of Mombasa handled 6.3% more cargo in the last eleven months thanks to higher efficiency, a surge in imports and greater capacity after the port was expanded, the facility’s management said on Monday.
Deutsche Post DHL Group, UNDP and OCHA boost natural disaster preparedness at Madagascar’s Toamasina International Airport
The program developed by Deutsche Post DHL Group, UNDP and OCHA, with the support of WFP, aims to better prepare airports to handle the sudden surge of incoming relief goods
TOAMASINA, Madagascar, May 21, 2019 – Deutsche Post DHL Group, the leading mail and logistics company, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) country office and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) team up with National Bureau for Risk and Disaster Management (BNGRC – Bureau National de Gestion des Risques et des Catastrophes) and Toamasina International Airport (Aéroport de Madagascar – ADEMA) to conduct a four-day disaster preparedness workshop called Get Airports Ready for Disaster (GARD) from May 20 to 24, 2019. Held at the Toamasina International Airport in Madagascar, the program developed by Deutsche Post DHL Group (DPDHL Group), UNDP and OCHA, with the support of WFP, aims to better prepare airports to handle the sudden surge of incoming relief goods, should a major natural disaster strike.
“Preparedness measures to respond to disasters must improve airports readiness to manage emergency humanitarian assistance, even in the worst chaotic scenarios. Only in this way humanitarian workers could properly do their work, and the country will be able to save as many lives as possible and allow aviation to meet humanity’s and sustainable development goals” noted Ms. Marie Dimond, UNDP Resident Representative for Madagascar.
Chris Weeks, Director of Humanitarian Affairs at Deutsche Post DHL Group: “Using our logistics expertise and the partnership with UNDP, we have in collaboration run GARD workshops in nearly 50 airports across 25 countries and trained more than 1,200 people at airports around the world. The GARD workshop allows us to work with authorities to increase the surge capacity of airports after natural disasters. It also helps to improve the overall coordination across various organizations involved in relief efforts when a disaster hits.”.
Yves Andrianaharison, Country Manager, DHL Madagascar, said, “During natural calamities, the Airport becomes the center for international support after a natural disaster has hit. The GARD program is coordinated jointly with the national stakeholders – from airport authorities to emergency services such as the special mobile force, police helicopter squadron as well as the security manager. It is therefore vital to prepare all relevant stakeholders to be able to work hand in hand in this situation and to develop a contingency planning that will respond well to an emergency and its potential humanitarian impact”.
Madagascar is prone to natural disasters and in particular to cyclones. As such, it is imperative the plans be developed to support the airport to be able to support natural disaster management response. The workshop will bring together representatives of all aspects of airport operations, the National Bureau for Risk and Disaster Management (BNGRC), United Nations agencies as well as representatives of national civil aviation authorities.
The GARD training is strongly supported by the BNGRC and ADEMA, greatly facilitated by OCHA and UNDP country office, three of whom were the main stakeholders involved in the request of Madagascar to be part of the list of countries in which GARD workshops have been run.
“The lessons learned from the experiences of Madagascar in the emergency management of the immediate aftermath of the disaster caused by tropical cyclone ENAWO (2017), have highlighted the necessity of improving the capacity international airports of the country. The main expected outcome from this GARD workshop is to be detailed in a disaster preparedness and response plan along with relevant protocols and procedures for these international airports of Madagascar in order to support them become the vital hubs for the entry and exit points through which all relief efforts are undertaken. At the same time staff from BNGRC and the authorities at International Airport are trained in the necessary protocols and know-how to swiftly respond and face efficiently in case of dramatic situation and potential emergencies,” explains Colonel ELACK Olivier Andriankaja, the Executive Secretary of BNGRC.
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United picks Cape Town for resumption of African services
United Airlines (UA, Chicago O’Hare) has announced that it has applied with the US Department of Transportation for authority to launch 3x weekly service linking its New York Newark hub with Cape Town starting from December 15, 2019.
If approved, the service would be operated with United’s B787-9s and become United’s only service to the African continent since 2016, when it terminated its daily Houston Intc’l–Lagos flights. United also used to serve Accra until 2012.
According to the ch-aviation capacity module, Delta Air Lines (DL, Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson) and South African Airways (SA, Johannesburg O.R. Tambo) are currently the only two carriers linking the United States directly with South Africa. Delta operates a daily B777-200 service from Atlanta to Johannesburg O.R. Tambo, while SAA operates daily from New York JFK to Johannesburg using A340-600s.
Using a mix of A330-200s and A330-300s, South African Airways also links Washington Dulles with Johannesburg on a daily basis with two weekly services stopping at Dakar Blaise Diagne Int’l and five operating via Accra.
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