Abu Dhabi: The newly-launched Hope Consortium, a UAE-based public-private partnership, has bolstered its distribution attain following a strategic settlement with main worldwide freight forwarders.
The newest consortium companions, which embody Agility, Aramex, Hellmann and Kuehne + Nagel, will assist deal with the completely different steps of the logistical problem, together with the ‘final mile’ problem, with a capability of billions of SARS-CoV-2 vaccine doses by the top of 2021.
Spearheaded by the Division of Well being — Abu Dhabi (DoH), the Hope Consortium appointed these international transport firms based mostly on their professional talents and attain to soundly and successfully ship vaccine doses below chilly and ultra-cold situations — temperature bands 2-Eight levels Celsius, -20 levels Celsius and -80 levels Celsius — between transportation hubs, warehouses, medical amenities and different ultimate locations in over 170 international locations.
Provide chain resolution gamers
Representing the highest international and Abu Dhabi provide chain resolution gamers, the Hope Consortium consists of Etihad Cargo, Abu Dhabi Ports, Rafed — the well being care buying arm of Abu Dhabi-based ADQ, and Switzerland’s award-winning SkyCell, which develops next-generation, temperature-controlled logistics containers for the pharmaceutical business.
“The Hope Consortium’s success depends upon the collaboration of public sector entities and main non-public sector firms throughout the worldwide logistics provide chain. The addition of Agility, Aramex, Hellmann and Kuehne + Nagel supplies strong assist and experience to deal with a number of challenges, together with the ‘final mile’ vaccine distribution problem. This partnership demonstrates the unrivalled international power of Hope Consortium,” stated Dr Jamal Al Kaabi, DoH undersecretary.
“The Abu Dhabi-backed Hope Consortium has shortly and successfully garnered the eye and assist of the world’s main logistics gamers. Right this moment’s announcement is testomony to the sector’s ambition to beat the advanced challenges inherent in transporting delicate cargo of such scale throughout various geographies all over the world,” he added.
“The inclusion of main freight forwarders will additional strengthen the Hope Consortium proposition and elevate our international capabilities. Etihad Cargo’s sturdy current partnerships with these entities, coupled with our expertise within the cargo of temperature-sensitive cargo, will streamline our strategy and add additional confidence to a visionary collaboration. We’re proud to be one of many first airways to embark on a venture of this scale,” stated Martin Drew, senior vice chairman of gross sales and cargo at Etihad Aviation Group.
Agility is a worldwide logistics firm with operations in additional than 100 international locations. It is likely one of the world’s high freight forwarding and contract logistics suppliers, and a frontrunner and investor in know-how to reinforce provide chain effectivity. Agility is a market-leader in rising markets and one of many largest non-public homeowners and builders of warehousing and lightweight industrial parks within the Center East, Africa and Asia, with greater than three million sq. metres of warehousing and lightweight industrial-facilities.
“As a strategic companion, Agility Abu Dhabi is dedicated to assist drive Abu Dhabi’s progress imaginative and prescient. In the course of the early months of COVID-19, Agility supported initiatives associated to meals safety and medical gear provide chain. By the Hope Consortium, we stay up for utilising our international logistics footprint and warehousing community to make a distinction on a worldwide scale,” stated Khadim Al Darei, chairman of Agility Abu Dhabi.
“SARS-CoV2 vaccine logistics will demand specialised dealing with experience for pharma, cold-chain infrastructure and storage, an rising markets footprint and the digital capabilities to handle superior monitoring and visibility — all areas Agility has made long-term investments in,” added Tarek Sultan, vice-chairman at Agility.
Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, Aramex chairman, expressed his appreciation for the efforts exerted by the smart management in combating the pandemic. “Aramex is proud to be a trusted companion taking part in a number one function within the worldwide distribution of important SARS-CoV2 vaccines. Our international working community places us in a really sturdy place to be a dependable companion within the Hope Consortium,” he stated.
“We’re absolutely dedicated to this partnership and we stay up for working alongside our companions and contributing collectively to attaining the UAE’s goal to responsibly provide the vaccine globally,” stated Bashar Obeid, Aramex chief government officer.
Hellmann Worldwide Logistics, headquartered in Germany, has round 500 branches in additional than 173 international locations. “The pharma and well being care business has by no means been extra necessary than it’s in the present day,” stated Reiner Heiken, chief government officer. “Within the Center East, Hellmann Healthcare Logistics gained a management place by working a proven-and-tested hub idea for greater than a decade, utilizing UAE well being care warehouses as distribution platforms for the area,” he added.
With over 78,000 workers at 1,400 places in over 100 international locations, the Kuehne+Nagel Group is likely one of the world’s main logistics firms. “By becoming a member of Hope Consortium, we carry within the Kuehne+Nagel CEIV accredited international community of cool amenities, long-standing expertise of huge vaccine shipments and devoted Pharma and Healthcare specialists that may guarantee quick, secure and safe transportation,” stated Robert Coyle, senior vice chairman for pharma and well being care technique at Kuehne+Nagel.
This signing would be the first of many to come back to make sure that no location is simply too far and no logistical problem too troublesome for the secure and efficient supply of SARS-CoV-2 vaccine doses. Between them, the 4 firms concerned within the Hope Consortium cowl 80 per cent of the world’s international locations.