Stirring Beginning . . . . Early morning
high step at FIATA World Congress in Cape Town Wednesday October
2 included a gathering of costumed performance artists who were joined
in song by children serenading the gathering with the national anthem
of South Africa in three languages.
Welcoming delegates, Current FIATA President Babar Badat welcomed delegates and
thanked the South African Association of Freight Forwarders as he announced his departure amidst major changes at the organization.
Four Presidents for FIATA—Having
served, ex-Presidents Francesco S. Parisi and Huxiang Zhao greet current
President Babar Badat and President elect Basil Petersen.
Top of the list is an expected move of FIATA headquarters
from Zurich to Geneva.
“FIATA needs a re-set and moving our offices will
amplify our advocacy and place us within reach of many of the headquarters
of the world trade, finance and business organizations,” Mr. Badat
“FIATA needs to modernize its approach and keep
up with the technological changes taking place in the supply chain logistics
sector,” Mr. Badat added.
“We plan to institutionalize and update our vocational
training by merging the FIATA Logistics Institute & The Advisory Body
Vocational Training into a single entity,” Mr. Badat said.
Freight Fowarder of the Year (YIFFY) Award is the premier example
of bringing forward the youth factor in transportation. While everybody
else talks about it, FIATA does it.
The YIFFY award has been sponsored by the TT Club since
its inception in 1999. Each year young people worldwide submit a logitstics
dissertation with the hope of securing valuable training and mentoring
opportunities. Winners are picked from each of the four FIATA geographic
regions, Americas; Europe; Africa and Middle East; Asia Pacific. The
overall YIFFY award is bestowed at the FIATA event finale.
Pictured from left to right at the FIATA opening event
are, Thomas Sim, Chairman of FIATA ABVT, (Advisory Body Vocational
Training); Enos Chapara of Zimbabwe, winner-Africa and Middle East;
Phillip Burgess of New Zealand, winner-Asia Pacific; Michael Yarwood,
TT Club Senior Loss Prevention Executive; Evgeniya of Russia, winner-Europe;
Ms. Rachel van Harmelen of Canada, winner-The Americas, and Babar
Badat, FIATA President.
“One of our main goals is to prioritize the engagement
of young professional by encouraging more participation in our events,”
“FIATA is nearly 100-years old with 120 national
associations and over 40,000 members.
“Put another way, FIATA is, above all, the world’s
largest organization representing the logistics and transportation industry.
“I see a bright and growing future ahead for FIATA,”
Mr. Badat concluded.