September 7, 2017

Second Alliance Working Meeting Takes Place at DHL in Leipzig

On September 7, 2017, DHL Express welcomed partners and interested parties to the Alliance’s second working meeting in Leipzig. The meeting provided an opportunity to demonstrate the first achievements of Alliance projects and highlight the relevance of an active network.

Twenty-nine partners from various associations, companies and federal departments participated in the meeting and took one afternoon to share their individual challenges in international trade. The aim of the Alliance is to solve substantial problems for and with companies, to reduce trading costs and support national authorities in developing countries in their implementation of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement.

Daniela Zehentner-Capell (BMZ) and Roy Hughes (EVP Network Operations Europe) opened the meeting. This was followed by a presentation and discussion on the status of active projects. In Montenegro and in Serbia, the Alliance’s two pilot countries, project developments are already progressing rapidly. The presentations of the project managers were met with great interest from all workshop participants. DHL, national customs authorities and the GIZ are cooperating in both countries to increase the number of express consignments processed within one hour after arrival. Both projects are on the verge of completion thanks to the exemplary work of all Alliance partners involved.

Together, all participants discussed further perspectives and strategic questions regarding the development of the Alliance over the next three years. In particular, the expertise of companies and associations serves as a helpful basis for discussions. Initial ideas for other project countries are readily available. The final selection will be decided at the next working meeting.

A tour of the impressive DHL Hub rounded off a very successful and worthwhile working meeting. Special thanks go to DHL for the organization and realization of the event.

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