AGL Rwanda outlines its priorities for the Africa CEO forum

By Wycliffe Nyamasege
On 15 May 2024 at 06:53

Logistics and freight forwarding company AGL Rwanda will actively participate in the upcoming Africa CEO forum in Kigali, CEO Philippe Labonne has affirmed.

The CEO forum kicks off on Thursday, May 16, and concludes on Friday, May 17. The event will bring together more than 2,000 business leaders from Africa and across the globe.

Themed “At the table or on the menu?”, the forum is expected to challenge attendees to take decisive action for Africa’s future amidst global economic uncertainties.

The AGL Rwanda CEO sees the forum as an opportunity for the company to network with industry leaders, potential partners, and investors from across the continent, as well as to increase the brand’s visibility.

"Being part of such an event increases AGL Rwanda’s visibility and reputation, showing its commitment to the African market," Labonne stated.

According to him, the forum also offers a platform to gain valuable insights into the latest trends, challenges, and opportunities in the market, which will inform strategic decisions for AGL Rwanda.

Participating in the event, Labonne affirmed, would allow AGL Rwanda to provide opinions about transport and logistics, which influence policy-making in the company’s market, fostering sustainable growth.

The Africa CEO Forum also presents AGL Rwanda with the opportunity to build relationships with prospects, identify potential customers, and initiate discussions on partnerships or service offerings.

Currently, AGL Rwanda boasts investments in key areas that solidify its position as a leader in Rwanda’s logistics sector. One of the investments is the customs public bonded warehouse at the Kigali Logistics Platform (KLP), which holds the distinction of being Rwanda’s first and largest inland dry port and logistics hub. The strategic location of the KLP warehouse allows AGL Rwanda to offer efficient customs clearance and storage solutions, streamlining the movement of goods for their clients.

Furthermore, AGL Rwanda has expanded its capacity by building an additional 6,000-square-meter non-bonded contract logistics warehouse. This expansion ensures they can handle a wider variety of cargo, catering to the growing demand for comprehensive logistics services in the region.

Recognizing the importance of a skilled workforce, AGL Rwanda is also investing in human capital development, planning to expand its team by recruiting new talent.

On AGL Rwanda’s plans and prospects for the coming years, the CEO said the company has a clear vision and has set achievable goals based on market dynamics, competitive landscape, and internal capabilities.

"We regularly evaluate progress and remain agile to navigate uncertainties," the CEO emphasized.

He noted that AGL Rwanda had begun a strategic expansion phase to meet the growing demand for logistics in the region. This includes a 5,000-square-meter warehouse, which the company says is an essential addition to the country’s logistics infrastructure.

Equipped with cold chain facilities, the warehouse will enable optimal management of temperature-controlled goods, including addressing public health challenges by enabling the efficient management of essential commodities such as vaccines, medicines, and perishable goods.

"Valued at US$10 million, this contract logistics project is a testament to AGL’s commitment to Rwanda’s economic development," the company said.

As the only logistics operator in the country offering a full range of services, from bonded warehousing to end-to-end logistics, AGL plays a key role in Rwanda’s economic growth. With its 21,000 square meters of facilities spread over six locations in the Prime Economic Zone (PEZ), the company is a go-to partner for local and international companies.

Additionally, the expansion is expected to create employment opportunities for Rwandans willing to invest in logistics-related trades and strengthen Rwanda’s position as a logistics hub in the region.