SINGAPORE, September 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --
- Amadou Diallo honored at Africa investor CEO Investment Climate Summit 2011 in association with the World Bank Group
DHL's innovative investment and operational strategy across Africa has won it international recognition at the prestigious Africa investor CEO Investment Climate Summit 2011, organized by Africa investor in association with the World Bank Group. Amadou Diallo, CEO, Africa and South Asia Pacific, DHL Global Forwarding, was named Africa's Innovation Leader of the Year in the Ai Investment Awards 2011 at a presentation made during the World Bank's annual meeting in Washington DC on 23 September.
DHL, the world's leading logistics company, was the first international logistics company to start operations in and out of Africa over 30 years ago and is today the undisputed market leader with the largest group of logistics experts dedicated to Africa. For 2011, Africa is one of DHL's key investment areas and it is focussing on upgrading and integrating IT, expanding trade lanes and connections, and launching innovations such as Oil and Energy Centers of Excellence to create a dynamic transfer of emerging market knowledge that cuts the learning cycle, deepens expertise and brings solutions - and African products - to market faster.
Mr. Diallo said: "Africa is one of DHL's fastest growing regions in the network markets. We have the finest team in Africa and this year we have focussed on investing and growing our human resources and infrastructure to ensure African businesses have access to the logistics excellence they need. Realizing Africa's economic dreams is critical to realizing our own as 'the logistics company for the world' and we are honored that our innovative work in Africa has been internationally recognized."
Recently, DHL was voted Africa's International Freight Forwarder of the year for the third time (Note 1),reflecting its unique leadership position in Africa. DHL Express, DHL Global Forwarding and DHL Supply Chain have over 6,000 employees in the 53 countries that make-up Sub-Saharan and North Africa. DHL Global Forwarding alone operates 1 million sq ft of warehouse space in Sub-Saharan Africa over 16 sites for 30 customer operations in addition to 71 facilities, 97 offices, 1,250 vehicles, 17 aircraft, 25 airside facilities, five distribution hubs and 825 owned and sub-contracted vehicles. As a result, DHL's coverage, capacity, resource and expertise in Africa are unsurpassed.
In 2010, DHL made Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia Pacific into one operating region under the leadership of Mr. Diallo, who is from Senegal. The restructure is part of a strategy that leverages the combined strengths of growth triangles.
The Africa investor CEO Investment Climate Summit, in association with the World Bank Group, is a business forum designed to raise Africa's profile and attract more investment by showcasing genuine examples of outstanding investment leadership and success. It also aims to facilitate action, highlight and address project-specific investment climate challenges by bringing together private investors with significant investment projects and the African Union, NEPAD, RECs and African policy makers to enhance Africa's competitiveness as a global investment destination.
Note 1: 2011 STAT Times Awards last night in Nairobi, Kenya. The International Award for Excellence in Air Cargo was voted by STAT Times' readers worldwide.
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DHL - The Logistics company for the world
DHL is the global market leader in the logistics industry and "The Logistics company for the world". DHL commits its expertise in international express, air and ocean freight, road and rail transportation, contract logistics and international mail services to its customers. A global network composed of more than 220 countries and territories and about 275,000 employees worldwide offers customers superior service quality and local knowledge to satisfy their supply chain requirements. DHL accepts its social responsibility by supporting climate protection, disaster management and education.
DHL is part of Deutsche Post DHL. The Group generated revenue of more than 51 billion Euros in 2010.