Regional Freight Forwarders Body Launches Code of Conduct to Boost EAC EconomiesThe Federation of East African Freight Forwarders Associations (FEAFFA), the apex private sector body representing the freight forwarding industry in East Africa, is working in collaboration with the five national Revenue Authorities in the East African Community and with support from USAID East Africa to create a corruption-free transit and logistics supply chain throughout the East Africa region. FEAFFA took a huge step towards promoting ethical and efficient practices among clearing and forwarding professionals in the industry by launching their Code of Conduct on July 28th in Nairobi, Kenya.
USAID East Africa Mission Director Larry Meserve along with the Kenyan Minister to the EAC, the Hon. Prof. Hellen Jepkemoi Sambili, and other regional officials were on hand to congratulate FEAFFA on this achievement.
USAID helped to establish FEAFFA in 2005 and has worked closely with FEAFFA over the years through its regional anti-corruption programs that have focused on training, policy reforms, and capacity building of government officials and private sector players in the transit sector. USAID has recently provided FEAFFA with a grant to help it become a strong regional business association.
Said Mr. Meserve, “The Code of Conduct is another important step raising the bar to professionalize the freight forwarding industry. This Code of Conduct encourages freight forwarders to engage in practices that do not undermine but strengthen the logistics service industry in which they are working – improving transit efficiency, lowering costs and improving economic growth.”
Officials joined in signing the Code of Conduct and declared their commitment to support an ethical, efficient and professional freight forwarding industry. A simplified edition of the FEAFFA Code of Conduct, in English, Kiswahili and French, will be launched at border points across the region in the coming months.