Hefty takeaways you need to know
Concluding the 5 day event, the major take aways were not lengthy industry speeches or the Q&A's that normally followed but the specular in between events that highlighted the hospitable nature that the 52ndFIATA World Congress in Istanbul had to offer.
Starting with the well-orchestrated and newly formed Advisory Body International Affairs which received a seal of approval from FIATA’s Board and wasted no time in signing off a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the World Bank in its first meeting. This cooperation stretches beyond simply teaming up to develop the Logistics Performance Index which has become a logistics tool of measure for all nations. The World Bank now has a dedicated Body in FIATA to bounce off new ideas and propositions taking their relationship with FIATA to new heights.
The FIATA Logistics Academy (FLA) also received a seal of approval in record time one could say. FIATA's President Francesco Parisi was quick to point out "Our vocational training the last 6-8 years has issued close to 10,000 diplomas and it averages around 1,000 diplomas per annum and still growing. FLA will complement that achievement by planning & designing with the latest technology available for the best possible on-line courses with the support of our members and other stakeholders." The target will be to motivate young professionals savvy with the latest technology living in emerging markets. Africa, as was pointed out, is one example which has approx. 70% of its population now equipped with cell phones. So it's time to go high tech.
The concluding Gala dinner was not a drink, eat and dance affair but a passionate display of the human heart of FIATA encompassing members from some 150 countries and over 1100 delegates, the largest since the economic slowdown 6 years ago. The Gala Dinner guests were not shy to display their fight against Ebola which started that night. The result, 110,000 USD was raised in one night with the fund looking to regenerate at FIATA Headquarter Session. As one delegate stated "This is the beginning – we will play our part till this menace comes under control." FIATA President Francesco Parisi concluded by affirming "This display by FIATA’s members is an indication of solidarity with the rest of the world and I continue to be personally moved by the generosity of many".
Hans Günther Kersten, Director General
FIATA, the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations was founded in Vienna, Austria on May 31, 1926. It is a non-governmental organization that today represents an industry covering approximately 40,000 forwarding and logistics firms, employing around 8-10 million people in some 160 countries. FIATA has consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations (inter alia ECE, ESCAP, ESCWA), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), and the UN Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL). It is recognized as representing the freight forwarding industry by many other governmental organizations, governmental authorities, private international organizations in the field of transport such as the European Commission (through CLECAT), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the International Union of Railways (UIC), the International Road Transport Union (IRU), the World Customs Organization (WCO), the World Trade Organization (WTO), etc.
27 October 2014