Lagos to Host Thousands of Industry Professionals at Multimodal West Africa Expo MWorld NEWS The city of Lagos will witness a huge invasion of Logistics and Transport professionals this month with the historic maiden edition of Multimodal West Africa 2017 (MMWA) exhibition and conference, which will take place from 14-16 March at the Landmark Event Centre on Victoria Island. According to Dele Alimi, Managing Director, Clarion Events West Africa, “The Industry stakeholders are enormously excited about Multimodal West Africa as it will adequately reposition the transportation and logistics sector. In his words, the industry which used to be noted for its huge contribution to the nation’s economy, has struggled to retain its position as a result of the economic downturn. He further added that as part of the commitment by Clarion Event Wests Africa to deliver value and reinforce the essence of the exhibition and as one with capacity to foster economic development, especially at such a crucial time in the country; MMWA will run concurrently with the very successful Nigeria Manufacturing Equipment Expo (NME) and the Nigerian Raw Material Expo (NIRAM) at the Landmark Expo Centre”. Some of the key players that will exhibit at MMWA include Sifax Group, DSV, St. John Logistics, Nigeria Ports Authority, Nigeria Railways Corporation, NIMASA, IAL Nigeria Limited, KSP Shipping Logistics, Chibyke Global Systems Limited, African Atlantic International Agencies Limited, Inland Containers Nigeria, Chartered Institute of Transport & Logistics, Association of Nigeria Licensed Custom Agents, etc. Timothy Zalanga, Director Corporate Planning, representing the Nigeria Railway Corporation, who recently joined the league of partners for the Multimodal West Africa; in his remarks, stated that the Federal Government in its determination to revive and modernize the railway system in line with the 25 year Strategic Vision, adopted a systematic dual approach of implementation. He also indicated that the rehabilitation entails the entire existing narrow gauge lines simultaneously with the development of standard gauge lines which will link the seaports, airports and cargo terminals. “The development of the rail system will provide a cheaper, safer and more reliable means of transportation. It will offer the economy a better alternative to road transportation of goods and heavy freight going to far destinations.” Other key industry bodies supporting MMWA include the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport (CILT) Nigeria while the Nigeria Ports Authority is the event patron. More than 80 exhibitors are expected, including freight forwarders, ship owners, shipping lines, ports & terminal operators as well as official government bodies. Multimodal West Africa is organised by Clarion Events West Africa, with the head office in the UK and offices across the globe. Some of Clarion Events portfolio includes, the widely acclaimed Nigeria Manufacturing & Equipment Expo which took place March in Lagos, attracting more than 3,700 attendees, with the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) as event patrons, Home Décor and Giftware. With nine years’ experience in the transport and logistics industry, Clarion Events West Africa and the Clarion Events Multimodal portfolio successfully connect cargo owners, shippers, major importers and exporters with freight forwarders, ship owners, shipping lines, ports & terminal operators as well as official government bodies to bring about greater port activity, increase connectivity and display the latest solutions for a slicker supply chain. The portfolio consists of Multimodal, held in London, UK; The Supply Chain & Logistics Summit & Expo, held in Europe; and Multimodal West Africa held in Lagos, Nigeria.