Conference Program

Conference Day 1 – 13th of November

08:30 – 09:00
Registration

09:00 – 10:00
Welcome by Conference Moderators

Welcome Notes

Mr. Matthias Schauer, German Deputy Ambassador, German Embassy

Ms. Dagmawit Moges, Minister, Ethiopian Ministry of Transport

Exhibition Introduction

10:00 – 10:15
National Logistics Strategy

Mr. Mekonnen Abera, General Director, Ministry of Transport/ Ethiopian Maritime Affairs Authority (EMAA), Ethiopia 

Status Updates of Ethiopian Logistics

10:15 – 10:45
Complexity of Financial Transactions and their Logistics Costs

Mr. Tekalegn Tufa Beyene, Trade Finance Director, Commercial Bank of Ethiopia

Mr. Teodros Abraham, Managing Director, CLS Logistics PLC, Ethiopia 

Mr. Kamran Sadique, Director, MBM Garment, Bangladesh

10:45 – 11:30
The Influence of Transportation System and Infrastructure on Logistics Costs  

Mr. Roba Megerssa Akawak, Chief Executive Officer, Ethiopian Shipping and Logistics Service Enterprise (ESLSE), Ethiopia

Ms. Elizabeth Getahun, President, Ethiopian Freight Forwarders & Shipping Agents Association (EFFSAA), Ethiopia

Mr. Berhanu Kassa, General Manager, ET DHL JV Logistics Services, Ethiopia  

Mr. John Kalibo, Regional Logistics Director, PVH, Kenya

11:30 - 11:50
Break and Networking

11:50 - 12:25
The Need to streamline and modernize Ethiopia-Djibouti Customs Procedures

Mr. Debele Kabeta Hursa, Commissioner General, Ethiopian Customs Commission, Ethiopia

Mr. Anteneh Alemu Gerbi, Marketing and Business Development Head, Pave Logistics and Trading PLC, Ethiopia

Ms. Erica van Schaik, General Manager, Velocity Apparelz Companies PLC, Ethiopia

12:25 - 13:00
Impact of Port Service on Logistics Time and Costs

Mr. Warsama Mouhoumed Bouh, Managing Director, Djibouti Port Community Systems

Mr. Egana Buche Kunche, Unimodal Operation Department Director, Ethiopian Shipping and Logistics Service Enterprise (ESLSE), Ethiopia

13:00 - 14:00
Lunch and Networking

14:00 – 14:10
Are Industry Associations still important in today's World? - A Look into The International Freight Forwarders Association  

Mr. Bassil Eid, International Affairs and MEA Director, International Freight Forwarders Association (FIATA), Canada

Global Best Practices

14:10 – 15:00
Global Best Practices: Initiatives for Financial Flows to complement Goods Flows 

Moderator: Mr. Bassil Eid, International Affairs and MEA Director, International Freight Forwarders Association (FIATA), Canada

Mr. Antoine John Esther, Coverage Executive, Trade & Development Bank, Ethiopia  

Mr. Mahbubul Anam, President, Bangladesh Freight Forwarding Association (BAFFA), Bangladesh

Mr. Thomas Sim, Chairman Advisory Body Vocational Training, International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations, Singapore

Ms. Florence Koki Ruhio, Business Planning Manager, Equity Bank Kenya Ltd, Kenya

15:00 – 15:45
Global Best Practices: Customs Modernization Initiatives and its Impacts on Competitive Trade

Moderator: Mr. Teodros Abraham, Managing Director, CLS Logistics PLC

Mr. Larry Liza, Director, World Customs Organization, East and Southern Africa, Regional Office for Capacity Building, Kenya

Ms. Rosine Uwamaliya, Commissioner for Customs Services, Rwanda Revenue Authority, Rwanda

Ms. Kaoutar Guessous, Vice President, Association of Moroccan Freight forwarders (AFFM), Morocco 

Mr. Thomas Ruelke, Chief Commercial Officer, DB Schenker Middle East & Africa, Germany 

Mr. Kamran Sadique, Director, MBM Group Bangladesh

15:45 – 16:15
Break and Networking

16:15 - 17:00
Global Best Practices: Efficiency of Port Service along the Transit Corridors

Moderator: Ms. Elizabeth Getahun, President, Ethiopian Freight Forwarders & Shipping Agents Association (EFFSAA), Ethiopia

Mr. Fred Seka, President, Federation of East African Freight Forwarders Association (FEAFFA), Rwanda 

Mr. Captain William Ruto, General Manager Operations and Harbor Master, Kenya Ports Authority, Kenya

Mr. Abhishek Sharma, Senior Director Transport, TradeMark East Africa, Kenya

Mr. Oliver Pietz, Chief Executive Officer TheloDB & Executive Director Africa DB Engineering & Consulting GmbH, Germany

17:00 - 17:30
Wrap-Up and Speakers Recognition

17:30 - 19:30
Reception with musical accompaniment 

Conference Day 2 – 14th of November

08:30 – 09:00
Registration

09:00 – 09:15
Introduction to the Conference

09:15 – 09:45
Importance of the Professionalism of The Logistics Service Provider – A case study of the Ghanaian Freight Forwarding Industry

Mr. David Natakor, Vice President, International Freight Forwarders Association (FIATA), Ghana

09:45 – 10:00
Break

10:00 – 11:30
Innovation Workshops (Understanding)

Workshop 1: Port

Moderation: Minds & Makers

Workshop 2: Customs

Moderation: Minds & Makers

Workshop 3: Banking

Moderation: Minds & Makers

Workshop 4: Transport

TU Berlin

Moderation: Technical University Berlin

11:30 – 12:00
Break and Networking

12:00 – 13:00
Continuation of Workshops (Ideation)

13:00 – 14:00
Lunch and Networking
 

14:00 – 15:30
Continuation of Workshops (Action Plan)

15:30 – 16:00
Break and Networking

16:00 – 17:00
Presentation and Discussion of Workshops’ Outcomes 

17:00 – 17:30
Closing of the Conference & Way forward 

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