“The purpose for the trip to South Africa is to expand relationships from not only the neighbouring countries in West Africa that Congo collaborates with, but also to build relationships with other countries such as South Africa. Congo and Cameroon share the same vision.Government involvement in policy formulation is quite high since government plays a very important role, politically and economically inthe facilitation of trade within our region. The establishment of the Congolese Council was for the purpose of finding solutions to the problems that plagued shippers in Congo. It has since been realised that shippers across the continent have similar issues, and collaboration and speaking in one voice as shippers in Africa could go a long way in eradicating some of these common problems.
Port Noire acts as a gateway into the country, linking various trade routes such as South Africa, Europe and Asia. Dueto the strategic location of this port, the Congolese council in its three-year programme, in conjunction with the African Development Bank, is building a dry port between port Noire and Brazzaville linked by a road that is 160 km’s. The purpose of this dry port is to help reduce congestion at Port Noire. The presence of infrastructure is crucial in the development of our continent, more especially in the development of corridors. The Congolese council would like to call on SASTALC to be its gateway into the Republic of South Africa and create opportunities whereby the Congolese council can engage with government and industry stakeholders as Congo has a lot of untapped potential and can only realise its full potential with the help of countries like South Africa that have the expertise and knowledge within the transport and logistics industry. The Congolese council remains committed to working together with SASTALC to create synergy between Central and Southern Africa as both organizations have one goal –to improve the supply chains of our continent and ensure that they are globally competitive.”