A true aggregator of an innovative collaborative PPP model for all role-players across all modes of transport for advocacy, career and capacity building as well as research and knowledge hub, with industry networking opportunities, supported by the relevant structure, governance and programs was eluding the industry to date, due to insufficient funding to establish such a full time, well-resourced and focussed council.
With the support, commitment and financial seed funding of TRANSNET, who is and will remain for the foreseeable future the single largest collective service provider for shippers in Southern Africa, it has now become a reality and it is believed that the establishment of an efficient and effective secretariat will greatly contribute to a growing awareness of the council. This will subsequently result in growth in memberships and an acknowledgment of government departments to engage with council as the preferred entry point on all matters pertaining to transport and logistics for shippers within the region, across all modes of transport as well as trade facilitation for the region.
This model is highly dependent upon a key driver to implement, manage, sustain and plan succession of this transformation strategy, hence the appointment of the CEO, Brenda Horne Ferreira, who was also the founder and outgoing CEO of the Maputo Corridor Logistics Initiative, which was acclaimed as a regional success model of PPP multi-stakeholder engagement initiative to promote and develop an economic region through a safe, cost effective and reliable transport corridor system. Further-more the strengthening of the council by a well-motivated and managed team of technical specialists, namely legal, transport, regional integration and innovative knowledge management, with presence in the key port areas of the region, as well as a resourced secretariat will ensure the expected success.