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DHL head for sub-Saharan Africa visits Sierra Leone

By Ishmael Kindama Dumbuya

The head for the world fasted and most efficient delivery carrier, Dalsey Hilbrom and Lynn (DHL) in sub-Shaharan Africa has visited Sierra Leone to get himself au fait with activities of the company and get a feeling of the hospitality of the people in the country. A press conference organized on Tuesday 9th November at the company’s office for Mr. Charles Brewer served as opportunity for media houses to interact with the executives of the internationally express and Logistics Company and found more on its role as a business entity in the Sierra Leone economy.

 

DHL Sub-Saharan Africa MD, Charles Brewer and DHL Sierra Leone MD, Basil Akimbinu

 

Being a global market leader of the international express and logistics industry specializing in providing innovative and customized solutions from a single source, DHL offers expertise in express, air and ocean freight, overland transport, contract logistics solutions as well as international mail services combined with worldwide coverage and in-depth understanding of local markets.

Giving a brief account of the Company, the DHL sub-Saharan Africa Managing Director said his company started in 1969 in San Francisco and now employs more than 110,000 people worldwide and operating more than 220 countries and territories. He said in Sierra Leone they started operations in 1987 in a small office space with a skeletal staff of three, one car and nothing more than a telex machine to communicate with the world adding that from such humble beginning, DH: Sierra Leone has grown tremendously and now operates two offices in Freetown and serves all of Sierra Leone. Mr. Brewer noted that they have an incredibly divers delivery fleet globally consisting of planes, trains, and automobiles and that Sierra Leone is not different where they operates with cars, trucks, a speedboat and the only express courier operator to use its own dedicated aircraft. He maintained that the presence of DHL in Sierra Leone has been a positive catalyst in the development of the country especially when they were able to sustain their operations throughout the period of the war adding that their bold step and visionary decision to begin flying DHL owned aircraft to Lungi by December in 1999 despite the destructive events at the beginning of that year was among the key signposts to investors and other commercial airlines to resume operations in Sierra Leone.

He said “our industry is highly technologically driven and DHL has invested in state of the art hand scanners that at a swipe of a button trans

mits time critical data throughout the world; from Sierra Leone to Spain, Switzerland, Sweden or any of the 220 countries we operate in”.

Mr. Charles Brewer pointed out that given that the momentum of economic growth in Sierra Leone today is largely aided by inflows of foreign direct investments in mining and allied sectors, DHL has recognized that they a significant role to play in accelerating the national development adding that exploration, production and building of infrastructure cannot evolve and grow without a reliable and vibrant logistics provider and that DHL is completely committed to supporting Sierra Leone grown and compete in a competitive world.

When he was commenting on what they do to appease the people of Sierra Leone, Mr. Brewer stated that DHL is committed to sustainable corporate social responsibilities and among the numerous examples they have done is their contribution of one hundred and thirty thousand United States Dollars towards the establishment of a referral orthopedic workshop to fit artificial limbs for amputees at Murray Town in 2001, contribution to the Leprosy Home in Lakka in 1987, donation of three tons of relief materials to various orphanages in 2000, annual sponsorship of sporting events in golf, squash, cricket and contributing to Sierra Leone Commonwealth contingents to name just a few.

DHL also support the community through their GoTech, GoGreen and GoHelp programs and this year under the GoGreen program, they planted 1100 trees in Lal Lol Village in the Port Loko District through their bid to help combat deforestation. The GoHelp program also embarks onm the cleaning of the Freetown secondary School for Girls compound in early September this year before the reopening of new school year.

 

 

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