IFRC Global Logistics Service showcases its services at DIHAD

تم النشر: 28 مارس 2013

The Dubai International Humanitarian Aid & Development (DIHAD) exhibition is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year. The conference and exhibition is a high-profile event that provides a networking platform for humanitarian organizations, aid suppliers and governments to come together and share their experience and expertise. Recognized as the largest humanitarian event in the Middle East, DIHAD attracts key humanitarian actors as well as leading relief suppliers and manufacturers who showcase their newest products and services.  In 2012, over 7,000 participants attended the conference with 275 exhibiting companies.

This year, numbers are believed to have exceeded that, with over three hundred exhibitors showcasing their work and services.

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) Global Logistics Service held a stand there from 25-27 March. Drawing on our experience of other recent aid conferences, such as AidEx in Brussels held in Oct 2012, and AIDF in Bangkok held in Jan 2013, GLS is committed to engaging in expert discussions, sharing relevant knowledge and learning from the experiences of our humanitarian partners. Birgitte Stalder-Olsen, Head of GLS, said: "Forums like these provide an excellent opportunity to flag common challenges, seek synergies and find innovative solutions for the world’s humanitarian need."

Whilst supporting the core work of the IFRC’s 187 National Societies, Global Logistics Service also extends its services on a non-profit basis to others with shared humanitarian goals. Put simply, NGOs, governments and other international organizations can leverage the logistics know-how, the reach and the consolidated buying power of IFRC –  the largest humanitarian network on the globe. The GLS stand at DIHAD provided a platform to stimulate discussion, share industry best practice and generate solutions to common challenges faced in humanitarian response and delivery. "We came to profile Global Logistics Service with the clear mission of building new effective and sustainable partnerships which will help us to achieve our goal of reaching out to more people in need," Birgitte Stalder-Olsen said.

Meeting at the DIHAD event

Within DIHAD days there were several visits conducted to the GLS Dubai office and logistics facilities, including by ICRC Vice-President Christine Beerli, representatives from Norwegian Emergency Preparedness System, IFRC Under Secretary General Matthias Schmale, and Secretariat staff, among others. The IFRC representatives met with the CEO of the International Humanitarian City, Ms. Shaima Al Zarooni, to discuss our cooperation and express our appreciation to IHC for the support offered to us. The IHC contributes free cost office and warehouse facilities to IFRC logistics office in Dubai, increasing the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of our logistics operations delivered from GLS Dubai office. A meeting was held also with UAE Red Crescent Authority, to reinforce our cooperation and express appreciation for their support to the IFRC logistics office in UAE.