About the Course

Over a couple of decades, transport and related ancillary service providers have increasingly
developed into logistics companies. The reasons for and implications of this are manifold. These range from better asset utilization to the application of differentiation strategies through diversification into new fields of business. It is, however, not only traditional transport related operators that have diversified, completely new market entrants as well as industrial/trading companies have, on the basis of their own logistics requirements, entered the market as third party suppliers. For freight forwarding companies, diversification into multimodal transport and logistics services has been a logical consequence of the erosion of traditional freight forwarding markets and activities. They were, however, not the only profession seizing new opportunities, it has equally applied to modal transport operators, port, terminal and other operators, cargo handling companies, warehousing companies, etc. These shifts and changes have come as a result of organizational and technological advancements. In all of them, the regulatory and facilitator’s role of the government remain key. There is therefore no question that the changes have brought about a challenges and opportunities to governments and relevant stakeholders in particular how they can foster trade facilitation. In consideration of multiple players engaged in the logistics chain and challenges surrounding reconciliation of myriad of sector specific regulations and practices as against the needs of service providers and the business community, the logistics-trade facilitation nexus has proven an important area to the rest of the world and more so to Africa.

This course considers the notion of logistics and transport services including intercontinental transport services. It further considers modal transport markets and their operational characteristics as well as multimodal transport. Logistics services and infrastructure in particular freight forwarding and logistics, logistics infrastructure and terminals as well as related facilities and lastly dedicated facilities such as logistics parks and private sector participation are covered by the course. The course explores the question of logistics policy focusing on areas such as logistics infrastructure, market access in its own right and in terms of national policies such as licensing and government regulation as against self-regulation. Further, policy areas explored by the course include facilitation and enabling policies as well as regional and international cooperation related policies. The policy dimension of the course is completed through exploration of specific steps towards achieving a comprehensive logistics policy and implementation. The interplay of logistics policies and trade facilitation measures is an important feature of the course. The role of trade facilitation in logistics and inter-relationship of the two concepts is key to this segment of the module. The course importantly tests the applicability of trade facilitation measures in the context on logistics framework and its ever-changing environment. More importantly, the course adopts an afro-centric approach while simultaneously injecting best practices and perspectives from other parts of the world.

In a nutshell, the logistics and trade facilitation course takes both conceptual and applied approaches as method of choice at course delivery stage. It benchmarks its applied aspects against the international best practices and contextualizes the course material within an African context. The course provides a very strong conceptual grasp of technical, theoretical and implementation aspects of logistics within the context of trade facilitation. The course balances policy issues with private sector interests thereby by fostering a collective understanding of policy and market place issues of importance.

Expected Training Outcomes

  • Ability to think critically, strategically and independently on the logistics and trade facilitation matters
  • Acquiring conceptual, theoretical and applied underpinnings of the logistics and trade facilitation as well as their interrelationships
  • Understanding the relevance of policy dimensions of logistics and trade facilitation on governments and traders at national, regional and international levels
  • Understanding and acquiring the ability to analyze modal transport service characteristics and markets
  • Understanding and conceptualizing shippers’ transport requirements
  • Defining and analyzing Multimodal Transport
State the relationship of a Multimodal Transport Operator (MTO) with the intervening parties.
  • Describing and analyzing the scope of services offered by an MTO.
  • Cultivating a deep appreciation of the conceptual and applied complexities and opportunities within the context of African agenda on trade facilitation and economic integration
  • Obtaining advanced knowledge of existing and prospective trade facilitation related components of African regional integration trading schemes and related logistics initiatives

Fee and Other Costs

Fees and other costs

The fee for the programme will be US$ 2,000 this includes tuition, presentation material and other documentation. It also includes lunch and refreshments during each working day.