Holland Flower Alliance (HFA) has joined Flower and Perishable Logistics Africa conferences as a silver sponsor, while Kenya International Freight and Warehousing Association (KIFWA) has pledged to be a supporting partner for the event.
Flower Logistics Africa (FLA) will be held on October 23 and Perishable Logistics Africa (PLA) on October 24 at Nairobi’s Radisson Blu Hotel.
Founded in 2016, the HFA is an enterprising group of floricultural industry professionals dedicated to logistics innovation and sustainability by Royal FloraHolland, Schiphol Cargo and KLM Cargo.
“It is a pleasure for the Holland Flower Alliance to attend the Flower Logistics Africa in 2019 again. This strategic alliance between Royal FloraHolland, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and KLM Cargo facilitate innovations to create a seamless floriculture supply chain. We are looking forward to meet the other visitors of the Flower Logistics Africa 2019 and share the latest developments on digitisation and packaging,” observed Eline van den Berg, Program Manager, Holland Flower Alliance.
The theme for FLA 2019 is "Making flower trade sustainable - Economically, environmentally and digitally", while for PLA 2019 it is "Together for better logistics - Collaboration key to enhancing Africa’s perishable export".
Commenting on being a supporting partner, William Ojonyo, Managing Director of Peleceer Group, a member of KIFWA, noted, “Flower and Perishable Logistics 2019 is a perfect example of consistency in bringing together industry, not only to discuss challenges in the logistics chain but to come up with probable solutions for better trade across the globe. The emphasis on actualising expedited cargo clearance on perishable and air freight in line with World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) makes the 2019 event a perfect platform to discuss the implementation challenges and the strides made given the diversity of participants.”
“What is exciting is the experience of the panelists that have always lived to the plenary expectations in the past. 2019 will certainly not be an exception if the continuous improvement of planning every year is anything to go by. As an expert and service provider in logistics and customs process, we are geared to be part of another milestone in industry discussions for better service and cargo movement,” added Ojonyo, a former Chairman of KIFWA. Ojonyo will also represent KIFWA as a speaker at the conferences.
KIFWA is the sole representative of all clearing, forwarding and warehousing companies in Kenya. KIFWA was born out of the need to form one national body which is cohesive enough to represent the interests of all its members.
Apart from KIFWA and HFA, the event includes Kenya Airports Authority as the platinum sponsor and Liege Airport as track sponsor.
The conferences will act as a global networking platform for regional and international service providers involved in the cold chain, logistics and packaging solutions, shippers, producers, and transport providers to bridge the gap between the supply chain and logistics business.
The 2018 edition saw the participation of over 200 delegates from 95 companies.
The conferences will witness eminent panelists such as Clement Tulezi, CEO, Kenya Flower Council (KFC); Steven Verhasselt, Commercial Director, Liege Airport; Evans E. Michoma, Manager Cargo, Kenya Airports Authority; Pramod Bagalwadi, CEO - Sub Saharan Africa, DHL Global Forwarding; Fred Kong'ong'o, Market Linkage Specialist, USAID East Africa Trade and Investment Hub; Jeroen de Clercq, Vice President Sub-Saharan Africa & Israel, Swissport International Ltd; Andrea Gruber, Head Special Cargo, IATA; Dr. Isaac Macharia, General Manager, KEPHIS; Hosea Machuki, Chief Executive Officer, FPEAK and among others.