The Central Corridor Transit Transport Facilitation Agency (CCTTFA) and the Federation of East African Freight Forwarders Associations (FEAFFA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), which will enable the two regional bodies to work together in promoting efficiency in transit transport and trade facilitation.
The agreement was signed on Tuesday 21st February 2017 in Dar es Salaam by the FEAFFA President Mr Auni Bhaiji and the CCTTFA Executive Secretary Captain Dieudonne Dukundane in presence of FEAFFA Executive Director Mr John Mathenge, Tanzania Freight Forwarders Association (TAFFA) President who is also FEAFFA Vice President Mr. Steven Ngatunga and other stakeholders in freight and logistics fraternity.
The main objective of the agreement is to promote transit transport and facilitate trade along the Central Corridor in order to reduce the cost of doing business while promoting safety and security, optimise resource utilisation on activities and programs of mutual interest and leverage each other’s competencies and capacity.
The two parties have agreed to work together in the following areas:
- Preparation, execution and monitoring of studies, research, projects, programs and systems;
- Promotion and development of projects and programmes in areas of mutual interest;
- Capacity-building of logistics service providers especially customs agents and freight forwarders;
Speaking during the signing ceremony, FEAFFA President Mr Bhaiji said his organization was committed to ensuring that the flow of cargo/traffic in and out of the region was as seamless as possible. “We want to work closely with customs authorities with an understanding that anything that hinders the flow of cargo is a cost.”
On his part, the CCTTFA Executive Secretary Capt. Dukundane recognized the importance of the Clearing and Freight Forwarding Industry in smoothening trade processes along the Central Corridor. He called upon the Clearing and Freight Forwarding Agents in general and FEAFFA members, in particular, to improve their professionalism to be able to respond to the business needs.
Captain Dukundane informed the gathering that Central Corridor Secretariat considers Freight Logistics Actors’ skills enhancement as key to driving the Corridor agenda. “In this regards, CCTTFA is offering sponsorships to students from Burundi, DRC, Tanzania, Rwanda and Uganda to undertake Maritime Studies at the Dar es Salaam Maritime Institute (DMI),” he added
He said in line with the above, the two Signing Parties will join efforts to empower their members and continue to make Central Corridor, the route of choice.