DHL Spells Out Renewed Focus on Africa as Trade GrowsBy Dhl, PRNE
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Leading logistics giant enhances focus on core sectors as they become key economic drivers
NAIROBI, Kenya, April 6, 2011 - DHL, the world's leading logistics company, today announced its renewed
focus on Africa aimed at helping to ease the movement of goods within and out
of the fast-growing continent and boost trade within regional economies.
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The company is aiming to help expand trade in core sectors such as oil
and energy, industrial projects, life sciences and healthcare, aid and relief
and the consumer segment through simplified, reliable and cost-efficient
supply chains that will drive growth in the region.
Amadou Diallo, CEO, Africa and South Asia Pacific, DHL Global Forwarding,
said: "DHL has been supporting business in Africa for more than three decades
now and we're committed to keeping Africa well-connected to the rest of the
world while identifying new opportunities in the intra-African market. To
support the region's vast growth potential, we are using our deep knowledge
of the markets to help spur growth and enable businesses discover new
opportunities in Africa."
Upcoming Plans to Launch Pan-Africa Road Solution
Mr. Diallo revealed that DHL will soon roll out a new road freight
solution in Africa connected by three main hubs in East, West and Southern
Africa serving respective regions and helping link inter-regional movement of
goods. Dubbed Africa Connect, the service will be offered from Mombasa and
Dar es Salam (East), Spain and Morocco (West) and Johannesburg and Cape Town
DHL is banking on rapid cross-sector growth chiefly driven by increasing
population, rising consumer spending and technology-driven economic
transformation. From 2005 to 2008, consumer spending across the continent
increased at a compound annual rate of 16 percent, more than twice the GDP
growth rate(1), indicating that economic growth is also resulting in
wealthier communities and greater demand on the continent.
"A significant amount of growth in our business is resulting from Small
and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). This group is going to be one of DHL's main
focal points as we look at how we can help these companies expand beyond
current limits and leverage more opportunities in and out of Africa. We
welcome the ongoing infrastructural investment by governments in the East
African Community, and especially Kenya, because this will have a significant
multiplier effect on regional communities," said Mr. Diallo.
"Already, DHL serves key markets such as South Africa, Nigeria and Ghana
three to five times a week by air, offering capacity in excess of 2000 tons a
month. A new road freight solution that balances cost and transit times is
just what the market needs next to respond to fast changing demands driven by
rapid growth in key sectors." added Mr. Diallo.
Africa's 50-plus economies are growing at a remarkable pace across the
region, with real gross domestic product having increased by an average of
4.9 percent a year between 2000 and 2008. Foreign direct investment increased
to US$62 billion in 2008 from US$9 billion in 2000(2). DHL's is also keenly
watching the inter-continental growth between Africa and Asia which reached
US$100 billion in 2010(3).
DHL has largest group of logistics experts dedicated to Africa and its
major trading lanes, particularly Asia. With Africa fast revealing a future
worth investing in, companies need a partner with first-mover knowledge,
expertise and experience. In 2010, DHL Global Forwarding saw significant
volume growth in Africa in both its regular operations and charter operations
connecting all regions with Africa.
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DHL - The Logistics company for the world
DHL is the global market leader in the logistics industry and "The
Logistics company for the world". DHL commits its expertise in international
express, air and ocean freight, road and rail transportation, contract
logistics and international mail services to its customers. A global network
composed of more than 220 countries and territories and about 275,000
employees worldwide offers customers superior service quality and local
knowledge to satisfy their supply chain requirements. DHL accepts its social
responsibility by supporting climate protection, disaster management and
DHL is part of Deutsche Post DHL. The Group generated revenue of more
than 51 billion euros in 2010.
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Note: 1. Africa's path to growth: Sector by sector, McKinsey Quarterly, June 2010. 2. Checking Africa's vital signs, McKinsey Quarterly, June 2010. 3. The China Analyst, The Beijing Axis, March 2011.
Anita Gupta of DHL Asia Pacific/EEMEA, Corporate Communications and Sustainability, +65-6216-6290, Fax: +65-6216-6603, APEEMEACorpCommunications at dhl.com
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