Boost for Zim freight forwarders

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THE Shipping and Forwarding Agents’ Association of Zimbabwe (SFAAZ) has received $47 000 from a fund under the international body of freight forwarders that is meant to build capacity in developing countries.

BY TARISAI MANDIZHA

The International Federation of Freight Forwarders’ Associations (Fiata) provides resources to capacitate players in developing countries.

Speaking at the official launch of the Fiata-SFAAZ train-the-trainer programme in Harare yesterday, SFAAZ chief executive officer Joseph Musariri said Zimbabwe had benefited from the Fiata fund by virtue of being an accredited member.

“We are training on behalf of Fiata in Zimbabwe. We have asked Fiata to assist to further capacitate and train Zimbabwe. Fiata have also supported us with 90% of the total budget for the train-the-trainer programme which begins today and will be for the next two weeks,” Musariri said.

He added that the $47 000 was channelled towards the two-week training programme which was organised by SFAAZ. The aim of the programme is to further capacitate the current SFAAZ trainers and broaden the pool.

Musariri said SFAAZ was currently offering diplomas at colleges and was working towards expanding its footprint into the region.
“We have serious intentions of going into the region and other countries which do not have the capacity that we have. We are offering a Fiata diploma and we are hoping to introduce the higher diploma in supply chain management next year,” he said, adding that Fiata had promised to support Zimbabwe in other future programmes.

Speaking at the same event, Fiata advisory body vocational training chairperson Thomas Sim said the aim of both SFAAZ and Fiata was to mark the beginning of a series of professional training courses with the objective of elevating standards of the freight forwarding and logistics profession in the Zimbabwe and the Eastern African Nations region.

“Human resource capital, as we all recognised it in our highly competitive industry, has always been the single most important asset in our businesses,“ he said.

“We all realise that a new battlefield has emerged that goes well beyond the manufacturer versus manufacturer, distributor versus distributor and retailer versus retailer competitive arenas of the past.”