DHL, the world’s leading logistics company, has almost doubled the size of its warehouse in Oregun from 5,500m2 to 8,000m2 and continues to invest in infrastructure and expertise to help the country achieve its goal of becoming a top 20 economy by 2020. Acknowledging the critical role logistics is playing in this transformation, DHL is also proud to sponsor the first Logistics West Africa conference and exhibition to be hosted by Nigeria in November.
Amadou Diallo, CEO, Africa and South Asia Pacific, said: “For 2011, Africa is one of DHL’s key investment areas and fastest growing markets. Nigeria is critical to our strategy in the region and as such we fully support its ambition to become one of the world’s top 20 economies by 2020. Logistics will play a major role in achieving that goal by helping Nigeria build a globally competitive economy with enhanced infrastructure and a diverse economic base that includes manufacturing, FMCG, construction, power generation, retail and agriculture as well as oil and gas.”
DHL was the first international logistics company to start operations in and out of Africa over 30 years ago and is today undisputed market leader with the largest group of logistics experts dedicated to keeping the continent’s economies on the move. In Nigeria, DHL began operations six years ago and continues to grow.
Both DHL Global Forwarding, the air and ocean freight specialist arm of DHL, as well as DHL Express, are pursuing a dynamic employment and infrastructure investment plan. In addition to expanding its warehouse in Oregun from 5,500m2 to 8,000m2, DHL Global Forwarding is currently conducting feasibility studies into opening a warehouse in Port Harcourt and a multi-million dollar facility near the Lagos airport for customers in the oil and energy sector. In 2009, DHL Global Forwarding opened a Port Harcourt Office for oil and energy customers manned by 12 people and more recently, appointed an Oil & Energy Development Manager.
Similarly, DHL Express plans to expand the capacity of its Express Logistics Centre (ELC) warehouse in from 1,200m2 to 2,200m2 by the end of January 2012, to accommodate growth from both existing and new customers. The expansion will provide warehousing for an additional 22,000 spare parts which will largely support the rapidly growing telecoms and ICT industry in Nigeria.
Logistics West Africa conference and exhibition 2011 will be held in Lagos, Nigeria from 1 to 3 November 2011. The summit will bring together over 2,000 of the leading supply chain experts in the region to the logistics hub Nigeria for the first time and set new standards for the logistics debate in the most dynamic region of Africa.