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Port: Partnership between Antwerp and Cotonou for Children

Posted by TRAVEL TOP COUNTRY MAG MEDIA on March 29 2022, 11:40am

Categories: #unicef, #UN, #ANtwerp, #Cotonou, #Benin, #Africa, #Europe, #Transport

Port: Partnership between Antwerp and Cotonou for Children
Port of Antwerp, the Port of Cotonou and UNICEF form a new partnership to advance resilient and sustainable national supply chains that maximize positive environmental, social and economic impacts for children.

The Port of Cotonou is the economic heart of Benin and also has a strategic importance in the region, as it is also one of the main gateway ports for the sub-region. Since 2018, Cotonou Port Authority has called upon the expertise of Port of Antwerp to modernise the port and make it futureproof.  To test new concepts and in view of this special link between both ports, the Port of Cotonou has agreed to support the collaboration between UNICEF and Port of Antwerp with the secondment of expertise.

Jacques Vandermeiren, CEO Port of Antwerp: “As a strong believer in the impact of collective action, I am proud that we have agreed to support UNICEF with their endeavour to improve the health and livelihood of children. I am pleased that the Port of Cotonou is supporting this project too. By offering our common experience, network and insights to UNICEF we will have a tangible and sustainable impact on the life of many children and youngsters.”

Supply chains as levers for positive impact

Supply chains continue to be one of the most important levers for business to create positive impact in the world. Governments also have a responsibility in building resilient national supply chains that maximize positive environmental, social, and economic impacts. UNICEF is supporting governments with supply chain strengthening at all levels to enhance equitable access to essential supplies needed for children to survive and thrive.

oris Thys, CEO Port Autonome de Cotonou: “This cooperation between the Port of Antwerp, the Port of Cotonou and UNICEF is definitely a great opportunity to reaffirm our engagement on positive environmental, social and economic impacts for children. The Port Authority of Cotonou is proud to support UNICEF to define the best supply chain for life-changing and life-saving projects undertaken in sub-Saharan Africa.”

Collaboration in view of sustainable supply chains

In December 2020, Port of Antwerp signed the World Economic Forum Supply Chain & Transport Industry Charter in support of UNICEF and COVAX Vaccine Distribution. Port of Antwerp is proud to announce a new collaboration with UNICEF to advance sustainable supply chains. The partnership will produce a white paper to guide governments and their global and local partners in designing and implementing longer-term sustainability strategies into their national supply chains.  

Source: Antwerp port

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