October 18, 2017: The second edition of Flower Logistics Africa (FLA) and the inaugural edition of Perishable Logistics Africa (PLA), conferences are just a month away. Scheduled for the 22 and 23 of November at theRadisson Blue Hotel in Nairobi, the events, organized by Logistics Update Africa, have received huge support from the industry stakeholders within Africa and outside.

While FLA focuses on “Enhancing Africa’s flower power through better logistics”, PLA is centered around the theme of “Perishables: Creating Africa’s Future Logistics Grid”.

The two conferences are aimed to open dialogue and facilitate sharing of ideas, knowledge and practical solutions to improve logistics and supply chain performance of key perishable commodities exported from African countries. The two-day event, covering both flower and other cargo commodities like fruits, vegetable and meat, seeks to develop modern and cost efficient logistics and supply chain infrastructure within the African continent. FLA and PLA will bring under one roof global and regional providers of cold chain logistics, transport services and infrastructure, and will meet with Africa’s flower and perishable producers and shippers.

Saudia Cargo, a key player in global air cargo industry, is the Platinum Sponsor for FLA and PLA. With an extensive global network spanning four continents and 225 international destinations, Saudia Cargo operates a dedicated freighter fleet and offers ample belly capacity on its passenger flights across Asia, Africa, Europe and the USA. Saudia Cargo is a leader when it comes to cut flower uplift from key African markets including Nairobi.

Supporting the two events as the Diamond Sponsor is Holland Flower Alliance (HFA), a strategic alliance of Royal FloraHolland, KLM Cargo and Schiphol Airport – three important stakeholders in the global air cargo supply chain of flowers. These three strategic parties with over 300 years of combined experience in flower logistics are joining forces to make the Aalsmeer-Schiphol region the preferred flower hub of Europe.

Kenya Airways Cargo, cargo division of Kenya’s national flag carrier, is the Gold Sponsor of FLA and PLA. Kenya Airways Cargo is emerging as a leading player in the global air cargo industry.

Supporting the event as Silver Sponsors are Africa Flight Services (AFS), part of Worldwide Flight Services (WFS), global airport services group and Astral Aviation, Africa’s only all-cargo carrier, along with Network Aviation Group.

Enhancing the value proposition of the conference this year are the Track Sponsors of FLA and PLA – Liege Airport and FlowerWatch. Called the Flexport, Liege Airport is the most flexible cargo airport at the heart of Europe. FlowerWatch is a quality assurance system and it is recognised worldwide as a leading expert in monitoring and ensuring the quality and vase life of fresh-cut flowers.

The second edition of FLA also has significant support from industry organisations like Kenya Flower Council (KFC), Cool Chain Association (CCA), Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS), Ethiopian Horticulture Producer Exporters Association (EHPEA), The International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH), Union Fleurs – the international flower trade association, Kenya International Freight and Warehousing Association (KIFWA) and WCA Perishables.

FLA and PLA will help participants connect with the right set of resources to understand and implement solutions that will optimize your supply chain. The event is specially curated with topics that matter to your industry and speakers who influence your business.

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