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Pan-African Mobility Alliance (PAMA)



Better training and working conditions in Africa through innovative logistics solutions

In order to strengthen Africa's economic development by creating sustainable jobs in the areas of mobility for economic goods and people, the Pan-African Mobility Alliance (PAMA) has been founded in Berlin by German Development Minister Dr. Gerd Müller together with companies and the TU Berlin. The Chair of Logistics of the TU Berlin conducts research on novel logistics solutions and supply chains for the development of African countries together with African partners, supports local education and training and organises the exchange of students, doctoral students and professors.The foundation of PAMA took place within the framework of the G20 Summit - Compact with Africa in November 2019 in Berlin. The twelve Compact countries include North African states such as Morocco and Egypt, West African countries such as Guinea and Burkina Faso, but also East African Rwanda and Ethiopia.This targeted methodical cooperation between politics, business and science is intended to speed up the development and implementation of new supply chains, innovative logistics solutions and mobility offers in the African Compact countries. The aim is to support the industrial value creation of manufacturers and suppliers in the automotive, transport technology, food and clothing industries in Africa. The performance level of logistics is also to be strengthened and living, training and working conditions on the continent improved through logistics. PAMA is an open platform for universities, companies and associations in Germany and Africa.The head of the Chair of Logistics Prof. Dr.-Ing. Frank Straube and the research assistants Dr. Benjamin Nitsche and Julia Kleineidam have been instrumental in shaping the concept and content of PAMA from the very beginning, together with the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, the German Society for International Cooperation and interested companies and associations. Already today, the Chair of Logistics is active in various training and research projects in Ethiopia.Prof. Dr. Angela Ittel, Vice-President for Strategic Development, Young Researchers and Teacher Training at the TU Berlin, accompanies these activities as part of the TU Berlin's internationalization strategy.

Opening Workshop

The Chair of Logistics at the TU Berlin, headed by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Frank Straube, together with the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the Society for International Cooperation (GIZ), is conducting a Pan-African Automotive Logistics Workshop with representatives of the German automotive manufacturing and supply industry and logistics service companies to analyse current obstacles and challenges as well as examples of successful logistics in African countries and to evaluate logistical potentials for increasing value-added activities on the African continent.

Through this new and targeted methodical cooperation between politics, business and science, logistics solutions to support industrial value creation and new types of mobility offers in African emerging markets are to be developed and implemented more quickly in a "Logistics Action Plan for Africa", the performance level of logistics in Africa is to be strengthened and living and working conditions in Africa improved through logistics. German and African companies will be sustainably supported in their development on the African continent through these activities and new types of scientific cooperation in the field of logistics will be developed in a targeted manner. The provision of knowledge for the development of good logistics in Africa as a navigation tool in the sense of an Open Living Lab, which can be used by all interested actors, is intended to significantly improve the speed of innovation and cooperation in German-African logistics networks

The results of extensive research work by the Chair of Logistics on the development of humanitarian logistics systems in Africa, headed by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Helmut Baumgarten, support this initiative.

On June 5 and 6, a first workshop with interested companies took place in Berlin under the direction of the TU Berlin. The main topics are the topic clusters assembly supply, supplier parks, transport networks, mobility concepts for cities as well as the distribution of vehicles and spare parts. All relevant topics of logistics (e.g. infrastructure, educational level, technologies, planning and control, networks, administrative boundary conditions etc.) will be evaluated.

 If you as an automobile manufacturer, supplier or transport service provider are also interested in participating, please contact Prof. Dr.-Ing. Frank Straube () or Dr. Benjamin Nitsche () as soon as possible. The German Logistics Association (BVL) supports this initiative.





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