The percentage of UAE nationals serving on NAFL’s board has increased to 30 percent following the recent formation of the board and the association’s annual general meeting, while Emirati women alone represent 20 percent of members, reflecting the organization’s strategic move to harness the potential of local talent and support the UAE’s Emiratization and women empowerment efforts.
As the first Emirati to head NAFL, Abdul Aziz will lead the association’s efforts to enhance the performance and competitiveness of the UAE’s logistics sector with the aim of boosting its contribution to the country’s economy. She will also represent the UAE to the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA).
Joining NAFL’s new board of directors are Ahmad Abdul Razeq from Maltras Al Ghaith Group who was appointed Vice President; Sudesh Chaturvedi from GAC Logistics who was elected as Secretary General; Mathew Chacko from MRC company who was elected as treasurer; Madhu Madathil (Rais Hassan Saadi Group); Praveen Chandrasen (Kays Logistics); Maitha Juma Bin Bakit Al Falasi (Airlink International); Majid Barzanji (Mateen Express); Essa Al Jallaf (ACT); Ibrahim Abu Zayed (Al Fadhil Al Mazruoie Company). The newly-appointed members will serve a two-year term on the board with the option of reapplying for future terms.
Abdul Aziz thanked His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, CEO and Chairman of the Emirates Group, Chairman of Dubai World, and Honorary Patron of NAFL, for his valuable and continued support which helped the association mark several great achievements over the years.
She described the growing presence of UAE nationals on NAFL’s board as a positive and important development that will help encourage more Emirati professionals to enter the logistics field and contribute to their country’s economy. In addition, she noted that the UAE’s logistics sector is an early adopter of modern technologies which have positioned the country as a world-class business hub, adding that the sector is expected to recruit more talented UAE nationals in the near future as part of an ongoing drive to empower its citizens and invest in their potential.
During the meeting, NAFL highlighted its recent achievements which include adopting a more transparent approach towards members to connect with the association, receiving the Dubai Quality Appreciation Award for Representative Entities, signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Dubai Civil Aviation Authority to recruit and train UAE national from various universities and colleges in and place them in internships, forging strategic agreements with leading local, regional and international freight associations, and representing and promoting the UAE and Dubai at various global and regional exhibitions and conferences.
NAFL has trained more than 1,500 members in the last four years, providing them with support in the areas of: elementary freight forwarding, FIATA Diploma, logistics, cold chain, shipping value addition training on project, marketing, lean management, digital marketing, HR training and sourcing solutions, insurance training, and provided them access to other services and benefits.
The National Association of Freight and Logistics (NAFL) was founded in Dubai in February 1992 as mandated by the Government of Dubai to respond to the need to bring together the increasing number of freight and logistics service providers in the UAE. NAFL, previously named National Committee of Freight Forwarders (NCFF), is the first national association of freight forwarders to be established in the Arabian Gulf.
Shortly after its establishment, on March 31, 1992, NAFL achieved another feat by becoming the first and only national association from an Arabian Gulf country to join the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA). Since then, NAFL has been a staunch supporter of FIATA.
From a total of 24 members at the time of its inception, NAFL has now grown more than ten-fold with a current roster of 380 members. This growth signified the important role of the NAFL to spearhead relevant training programs, which are crucial in the development of a corporation, as well as the industry.
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