New speakers throw agricultural and infrastructure investment into sharp relief against farm labour and logistics issues at Cool Logistics Africa

London, 20.2.2013 – Professor Nick Vink who heads up the department of agricultural economics at Stellenbosch University, Dominique Njinkeu, Lead Trade Facilitation Expert and Program Coordinator of the Trade Facilitation Facility (TFF) at the International Trade Department of the World Bank and Ewout van der Molen, regional representative of the Dutch Development Bank (FMO) join the growing number of confirmed speakers at the 2nd Cool Logistics Africa conference, taking place 16-18 April in Cape Town, South Africa.

Evolving labour relations, and an investment shift in the agri-sector away from land to infrastructure, are two of the most critical trends that not just determine the future survival of the agricultural economy in Southern Africa in its current form, but also have repercussions on timely export delivery.
Professor Vink will review current positions in the South African agri-sector including labour and regulation before tackling the delicate issues surrounding farm labour sensitivities and mechanisation, trade reform and innovation.
Professor Vink has been involved in a range of official government commissions and committees of investigation among other things in the deregulation of agricultural marketing and the provision of rural financial services. He has also worked closely with the World Bank,  IFPRI, FAO, USAID and has a keen interest in how supply chains are evolving in Africa.
Dominique Njinkeu from the World Bank will provide a view on infrastructure investment in Africa, and the perishables sector in particular, and highlight some of the challenges in terms of transport connectivity including ports.
The Dutch Development Bank FMO, represented by Ewout van der Molen in South Africa, will focus on specific agricultural and infrastructure projects in Mozambique and Zambia designed to help and support exports of fresh produce, cattle and dairy products in the region.

The reality of perishable logistics in Africa today and its huge development potential will be delivered by Danie Schoeman, Managing Director of FPT Group. He will be talking about what needs to be changed to unlock the potential of Intra-African perishables trades.  He will focus on how African agricultural exports, including vegetables and flowers from land-locked countries or growing regions located at several hundred kilometres from the coast will greatly benefit from improved inland transportation and storage of perishable commodities as well port efficiency and reliability.

‘Faced with huge and growing imbalances of import and export, shipping companies operating on the African Continent will be challenged to grasp the full potential offered by the perishables sector,’ says Alex von Stempel, Co-director of Cool Logistics Resources.

Delegates at this year’s Cool Logistics Africa will have the chance to discuss ‘cool logistics’ investment opportunities and challenges with companies such as Wesgro, Capespan, Dole, Jittu, International Produce and Mondelez/Kraft Foods as well as container shipping experts from Safmarine, CMA-CGM and MOL.

Convened this year under the headline theme Innovation, Investment and Efficiency: Delivering Africa’s cold chain potential, the 2nd Cool Logistics Africa brings together producers, exporters, importers and retailers from multiple perishable sectors with major shipping lines, 3PLs, ports, cold store operators and other perishable logistics stakeholders, for “360 degree debate” on Africa’s cold chain efficiency.

The 2013 event has attracted sponsorship and support from key players in perishable trade, logistics and transport, including Dole, Safmarine, Fresh Produce Exporters Forum, Hortgro, FPT Group, SAFT, Hellman Perishables Logistics, Port of Antwerp, Port of Salalah and Thermo King.

2nd Cool Logistics Africa
16-18 April 2013
Cape Town, South Africa

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