9 April 2020 | Africa

CILT has fourteen country branches in Africa, and many have built strong professional memberships and have great influence at a government level. This will be vital in the coming months as Africa has now started to see Covid-19 enter the continent.

Covid-19 has come later to Africa and, as a result the response has been immediate before many cases have arisen. This has led to shutdowns of much of the economy and severe restrictions in movement in many countries.

To experience the perspective from Zimbabwe please read the report sent in by the country chairperson and Honorary Secretary here.

In Zambia we have government recognition of CILT for all those employed in the transport and logistics field, and strong member representation across all sectors. Read the report compiled by the Honorary Secretary Lt Col Kennedy Simukanga here.

Nigeria, being the most populous country in Africa, faces significant health risks. The response from the government was strong lockdowns in key cities that, in turn, led to other issues such as provision of food and medicines. Like many countries there has been an entrepreneurial response with changes in the supply chain, new manufacturing capability being opened up for masks and sanitisers and an efficient response from the logistics and transport sector. CILT Nigeria has been involved in that with the provision of vehicles and acting as a brokerage of drivers. Please read this comprehensive report to see details of the initial response here

This is an example of a business response from Africa which we are sharing as part of our global best practice resource to help you think about and determine appropriate responses locally