FIATA provides roadmap for African policy makers

Signs of growth, signs of political shift and signs of untapped potential, this is what FIATA sees looking at its vast African constituency. Now is the time to ensure that such rich and lively trade environment matures into a really prosperous harvest for the African communities. Trade and particularly logistics have a lot to offer to assist in this development. 

With logistics in scope, FIATA and its 23 national associations representing the interests of over 1300 enterprises across Africa, have put forth a coordinated position which stresses four main points:

  • The need for holistic policy formulation by African Union members
  • The benefit of coordinated regional policy implementation
  • The greater influence that regional bodies can achieve
  • The importance of private sector input

The position paper will be presented at 2016 FIATA’s Region Africa Middle East (RAME) Meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on May 19th 2016. The 23 FIATA National Associations and its members representing the local logistics and trade services interest will be there to express their views and offer their cooperation to government officials who will be in attendance.

FIATA’s message is very clear:

“Calling all hands on deck to achieve one Trade Facilitation system across all African countries to eradicate delays, bottle-necks and excessive costs”.

FIATA and its constituents will carry this common message to all national and local levels as a starting point for a common journey toward sustainable development by focussing on international trade. As an international body, FIATA understands that effective regional policy implementation cannot be achieved without all stakeholders’ contributions, starting at the local level.

FIATA is grateful to the Ethiopian Freight Forwarders and Shipping Agents Association for their assistance in organising RAME in Ethiopia.

To read the position paper – please visit:


Media Contact:

Marco Sorgetti, Director General

Email: sorgetti(at)


FIATA, the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations, was founded in Vienna, Austria on May 31st 1926.  It is a non-governmental organisation that today represents an industry covering approximately 40,000 forwarding and logistics firms, employing around 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, etc.), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), and the UN Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) as well as many other UN related bodies, e.g. the World Bank. It is recognised as representing the freight forwarding industry by many other governmental organisations, governmental authorities, private international organisations in the field of transport and logistics, 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.

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Glattbrugg, 17 May 2016

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