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DHL Pledges Commitment To Sub-Saharan Africa

Posted: Sep 1, 2015 at 12:02 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Akinwunmi King


Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Deutsche Post DHL Group, Frank Appel has assured that the group is committed to Sub-Saharan Africa and will continue to build on its successful four-decade legacy in the region.

Appel, who stated this when he visited South Africa and Nigeria last week, affirmed the Group’s focus on emerging markets, adding that the visit demonstrated the overall importance of emerging markets in the Group’s Strategy 2020: Focus. Connect.Grow., and in specific the encouraging development of Sub-Saharan Africa.

According to him, “today, emerging market revenues contribute over 20 per cent to Deutsche Post DHL Group’s revenues, but by 2020 the Group expects this figure to climb to 30 per cent.

“Therefore, we will continue to concentrate on organic growth by investing into promising present and future markets. DHL already has a strong footprint in Africa, but we see some excellent opportunities to further increase our presence in the Sub-Saharan region.

“South Africa’s exceptional geographic location as the gateway to Africa, and Nigeria’s growing gross domestic product (GDP) and diversifying markets are only two of the many important indicators for this,” he said.

Appel also noted that staying close to the market and being responsive to customer needs are DHL’s fundamental principles. “We have established world-class facilities in Sub-Saharan Africa to support our global network, and I am delighted to witness first-hand the sustained efforts of our employees to deliver best-in-class services,” he added.

During his stay in South Africa and Nigeria, Appel met with employees and customers, and visited several logistics facilities.

DHL has continued to significantly invest in Sub-Saharan Africa. In October 2014, it announced investments totaling EUR 30.5 million in South Africa, by both its Supply Chain (EUR 14.5 million investments) and Global Forwarding divisions (EUR 16 million investments).

These commitments signal the Group’s long-term growth plans for the region as they bring state-of-the-art infrastructure, IT systems and world-class services to support businesses operating in Africa.