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Bilateral Relations, Topnews, Politics

20. February 2017

Gauteng and Germany Cooperate

“The signing of the Joint Declaration will advance and expand the frontiers of green logistics and mobility, particular as it relates to the freight sector in the Gauteng city-region,” said Vadi.

The Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport, Ismail Vadi, recently signed a Joint Declaration of Intent with Vice Minister, Gunther Adler, of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety of the Federal Republic of Germany, saying that it will enhance the collaboration and partnerships between Gauteng and Germany.

The German Federal Government has chosen South Africa, and Gauteng in particular, as the first country and region on the African  continent  to  develop  and  implement  the  GLI:X  Project,  which  stresses  the  importance  of  environmentally-friendly solutions and sustainable development, particularly in the field of freight logistics.

The project will engage scientific expertise for the joint development of a Green Logistics Indicator (GLI-X) system in Gauteng; exchange  experiences  and  best  practices  in  this  field;  host  seminars  and  workshops  of  business,  experts,  regulators,  civil society and other relevant stakeholders; an
d encourage cooperation among freight companies, the public sector and private organisations.

Mr Vadi said that the five key goals that the GLI: X Project had identified for smart logistics were well integrated and aligned to provincial policy objectives.
“Specifically, the five goals – greener, faster, more cost - effective, safer and more equitable freight logistics – address the transformation, modernisation and re-industrialisation objectives of the Gauteng Provincial Government,”
he added.

He said the aim was to bring the immediate goals of freight logistics, namely, cost-effectiveness, speed and competitiveness, in line with broader development goals such as environmental protection, socio-economic development and a safe and secure urban environment.

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