The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) is an international body of logistics and transport professionals established in the United Kingdom in 1919 and received the royal Charter in 1926. It was registered in Tanzania under the Societies Act, Cap 337 on 3rd March 2008 to raise the standard of performance of the logistics and transport industry in the country, to promote safety and security in all modes of transport, to foster investigation and research into the development of logistics and transport and to provide professional advise to the industry, government and the community. Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II is its International Patron while the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Infrastructure Development is the National Patron.

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) holds in Africa on rotational basis an annual conference known as the Africa Forum that brings together all logistics and transport professionals from Africa and other parts of the world to discuss new developments and cross cutting issues in logistics and transport. Last year the meeting was held in Johannesburg, South Africa. The honour of hosting this year’s Africa Forum was bestowed upon the Tanzania.

The two days meeting opens on 5th March 2009 at the prestigious Kilimanjaro Hotel Kempinski. Delegates are expected to come from Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya, Uganda, Malta, Ghana, Malawi, Egypt, Mauritus, Zambia, Sierra Leone, Zimbabwe, Seychelles and other parts of the world including Great Britain, the headquarters of the Institute. As the theme, “Professionalism in Logistics and Ttransport for Sustainable Development,” depicts the participants will discuss the challenges facing the logistics and transport industry from the professional perspective.

During the conference six circumspectly selected papers will be presented by a combination of academicians, researchers and practitioners of very high calibre, reputation and vast experience. The papers for presentation and discussion include:

  1. The Global Challenges in the Logistics Management
  2. Private Public Partnership in Logistics and Transport Services
  3. Capacity Building in Logistics and Transport   
  4. Transport Safety and Security
  5. Traffic Congestion: A professional challenge
  6. e-Fleet Management

Owing to the importance of technology and as promotion of the use of ICT in logistics and transport remains one of our Institute’s objectives; the paper on ICT is supplemented by a demonstration by one of the exhibitors. Delegates and visitors will be able to appreciate how technology can make logistics and transport much easier, cost effective and profitable at the same time affordable. The software being demonstrated has a lot of capabilities. One of them is to enable a manager control the movement of a vehicle or even stop it from moving while seated in the office.

The Minister for Infrastructure Development, Honourable Dr. Shukuru Kawambwa is expected to officiate the opening of the continental conference. Apart from presenting membership to new individual and corporate members, the Minister will launch the website of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport – Tanzania through which members would exchange ideas electronically.

George M. M. Makuke