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Hull Uni signs Morocco logistics deal

[ March 22, 2016   //   ]

The University of Hull’s Logistics Institute has signed a partnership with Moroccan state-owned but privately managed transport company SNTL.
Logistics Institute staff are set to begin work immediately on two supply chain and logistics related projects, as part of a long-term collaboration, initially to develop a new logistics hub index. The index will be used to measure the potential of countries, particularly in Africa, to become logistics hubs and taps into the Logistics Institute’s extensive expertise and research in this field.
It follows a visit by the institute’s director, Professor Amar Ramudhin, to Morocco to give a talk on emerging trends in the logistics sector.
He said: “For the Logistics Institute, it brings added credibility to be able to showcase our expertise in emerging countries such as Morocco. It builds on the work I have done before with Georgia Tech Panama to position that country as the logistics hub of the Americas.”
SNTL Group chief executive, Mohamed Benouda, said: “We strongly believe in the potential for partnership between the Kingdom of Morocco and the United Kingdom. Economic relations between the two are booming.”
Professor Ramudhin hopes the logistics hub development index could become as important as the World Bank’s Logistics Performance Index (LPI) in judging the logistic state of countries.
The Logistics Institute and SNTL are also planning a follow up project where they will use the index to map the logistics capabilities of countries across Africa.
Professor Ramudhin said they are looking to develop a “tighter relationship” with SNTL, which could see key employees coming for further studies in Hull.
He added: “If Morocco scores well in the index, they can use it as evidence to show the world its potential to be a major logistics hub for Africa.
“We also want to help them develop a suite of business intelligence products that go further than just reporting and to understand the types of value added services they can develop to offer to a wider portfolio of services.”
((Pix – Hull Uni Morocco))

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