Ethiopian Freight Forwarders and Shipping Agents Association

EFFSAA Weekly Newsletter, Vol. 02, No. 075

Procurement Management Training Completed

Ethiopian Freight Forwarders and Shipping Agents Association (EFFSAA) successfully concluded Procurement Management training program which took place from 29th of May to 03rd of June 2022.

The program with a duration of 20 hours was attended by professionals from different academic background and work experience which the Association believed that it will help trainees to implement the knowledge they acquired from the trainer who has an extensive experience on the subject matter.

On the closing program, trainees received certificate of completion from Ato Salahadin Khalifa, Chairperson of Region Africa and Middle East / RAME of FIATA.

EFFSAA finalized its preparations to provide continuous short-term training programs on various Logistics topics.

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EFFSAA Started Logistics Radio Program

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Ethiopian Freight Forwarders and Shipping Agents Association (EFFSAA) started the long awaited and most anticipated Logistics radio program.

A program named ምሥራብ (Misrab) was on air for the very first time on Wednesday 8th of June 2022. The weekly radio program will be on air every Wednesday and Sunday from 02:00 – 03:00 P.M at one of the most renowned private FM radio station, Ahadu 94.3 FM radio.

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50th Validation/Re-Validation Session: The first of many successful sessions in 2022!

FIATA includes EFFSAA with other 8 national Association members for successful validation/re-validation program.

As the FIATA HQ meeting was in full swing, 9 training programmes were successfully validated, concluding the 50th validation/re-validation session. FIATA would like to pay tribute and congratulate the below Association members for the positive outcome of their validation/re-validation and their commitment in equipping the workforce with relevant and up-to-date tools.

Validation/re-validation of training programme leading to FIATA Diploma in Freight Forwarding

  • Ethiopian Freight Forwarders and Shipping Agents Association (EFFSAA) – Ethiopia
  • Freight Forwarders Association of Romania (USER) – Romania
  • International Transport Companies Association of Iran (ITCA) –Iran
  • South African Association of Freight Forwarders (SAAFF) – South Africa
  • Vietnam Logistics Business Association (VLA) – Vietnam

Validation/re-validation of training programme leading to FIATA Higher Diploma in Supply Chain Management

  • Egyptian International Freight Forwarding Association (EIFFA) – Egypt
  • Singapore Logistics Association (SLA) – Singapore
  • South African Association of Freight Forwarders (SAAFF) – South Africa
  • The Shipping and Forwarding Agents Association of Zimbabwe (SFAAZ) – Zimbabwe

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Ethiopia is shortlisted with China and Vietnam to host International Logistics Congress

Ethiopia is shortlisted with China and Vietnam to host International Logistics Congress

Ethiopian Freight Forwarders and Shipping Agents Association (EFFSAA) is shortlisted with China International Freight Forwarders Association (CIFA) and Vietnam Logistics Business Association (VLA) to host the 2025 FIATA World Congress.

On its email message, the FIATA Congress Committee (FCC) acknowledged EFFSAA for participating in the bidding process to host the 2025 FIATA World Congress and added that, EFFSAA’s application was reviewed and approved at the 2022 FIATA HQ Meeting Extended Board session in Geneva as one of the three candidates which had been shortlisted to submit a final bid to host the FIATA World Congress 2025. The final selection and approval will be made at the FIATA World Congress in Busan in September 2022. Accordingly, EFFSAA is expected to submit the final bid document to the Congress Selection Committee as per the FIATA Congress Protocol and the Selection Criteria document.

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Traders await trade deal between Somaliland, Ethiopia to use Berbera Port

Traders await trade deal between Somaliland, Ethiopia to use Berbera Port

Traders in Ethiopia are awaiting the realization of a trade agreement between the Ethiopian and Somaliland governments to begin using the Berbera Port to transport commercial goods.

The Port is currently being used to import public goods, though some factories based in East Ethiopia use it to bring vehicles, mostly three-wheelers produced in Asia. The absence of a transit agreement between the two countries is preventing many from using the port to bring commercial goods, according to traders.

Said Hassan, general manager of Somaliland Port Authority, says talks have already started with the Ethiopian government to realize the deal. “The agreement is currently under review, with officials of Ethiopia to arrive at Berbera to begin consultations,” said Said, expressing his hope that it would come to fruition this year.

Last week, Somaliland’s Ministry of Finance disclosed that Ethiopia has lost the opportunity to buy a 19 percent stake in the Berbera Port.
“Ethiopia failed to fulfill the conditions needed to be completed to buy the stake before the expiry date,” said Saad Ali Shire, Minister of Finance, adding the country had no shares at the moment.

DP World currently owns 65 percent of the port, while the remaining is owned by the government of Somaliland. Entirely financed by DP World, the Berbera Port is currently under construction.

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UN Yemen team launches campaign to prevent catastrophic oil spill from decaying tanker in the Red Sea

UN Yemen team launches campaign to prevent catastrophic oil spill from decaying tanker in the Red Sea

Political and logistical gridlock in assessing the risk of an oil spill or explosion in the Red Sea are increasing the likelihood of a new humanitarian and environmental crisis in Yemen, and beyond, the Security Council heard today from high-level officials reporting on the FSO Safer.

Saudi Arabia on Sunday pledged $10 million to help prevent an aging Yemeni oil tanker from unleashing a potentially catastrophic spill in the Red Sea bordering its waters.

The decaying 45-year-old oil tanker known as the FSO Safer, long used as a floating storage platform and now abandoned off the rebel-held Yemeni port of Hodeida, has not been serviced since Yemen was plunged into civil war. Environmentalists warn the cost of the operation is a pittance compared to the estimated $20 billion it would cost to clean up a spill. The U.N. has said an oil spill could destroy ecosystems, shut down the fishing industry and close the lifeline Hodeida port for six months.

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