The Young Logistics Professional Event ups the antes in Singapore

The anticipated young logistics professional day launched today and attracted youth from all over the South Pacific and worldwide. All attended the event with tremendous excitement at their first opportunity to speak and collaborate with experienced industry professionals.

Mr Thomas Sim, who chairs the Advisory Body Vocational Training of FIATA and had successfully steered this remarkable initiative to its successful accomplishment, said:

"We had thought of organising a date especially conceived to attract the younger generation. We have done the Young Freight Forwarder's Award for more than ten years with great success and we were looking for a new and eventful formula, something that could set the trend to focus on our next generation in future. It was an experiment and we have seen that we have managed to attract more than 500 to register. This is a strong sign FIATA is on the right track. SLA and FIATA have set a new trend this year and I hope this will become good practice in the years to come. We are ready to share our experience with the following organisers and make this initiative one of the most distinctive traits of the FIATA branding. FIATA is the only organisation in freight forwarding and multimodal logistics that can claim the resounding success of its training programmes all over the world, together with its trade facilitation instruments. I regard this as a great achievement and I am thankful for the precious collaboration that I have received from my own organisation, SLA, and the strong encouragement from the Presidency and Board of FIATA. This is a date to be remembered."

Todays' event was graced by a Parliamentary Secretary from Singapore's Ministry of Health and Transport, Associate Professor Muhammad Faishal IBRAHIM.

The event has attracted 8 institutes of higher learning including SLA's University partner - UniSIM, who has signed a MOU with TLA-SLA. The event also signaled the launch of the new SLA-UniSIM Book, Managing Logistics & Supply Chain Challenges: Singapore Insights and Perspectives and it has featured local and international speakers: Dr Hermione Parsons, from Victoria University (Australia), and Mr Roger McNicholas (Pricewaterhouse Coopers') as well as others from technology partners, young successful entrepreneurs, all the FIATA YIFFY Regional Winners, and the Top 3 Winning Teams of SLA's recently concluded National Supply Chain Challenge competition, all eager to share their experiences, lesson learnt and journeys to successes with one another.

Note for the editors
FIATA, the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA), was established in
Vienna in 1926, and is the largest Non-Governmental Organization in the field of International
Transport and logistics. Its membership includes National Freight Forwarders Associations, operating
in over 100 countries, representing over 45,000 local logistics companies, employing in excess of 10
million persons, as well as individual members domiciled in over 150 countries.

Media Contact:

Hans G√ľnther¬†Kersten, Director General of FIATA
Tel: + 41432116500
Email: kersten(at)

14 October 2013

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