The Uganda Freight Forwarders Association (UFFA) has launched the diploma in freight forwarding course. The launch was held at Protea hotel, Kampala recently.
Speaking at the function, Hussein Kiddedde, the head of the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA) diploma course in Uganda, said the diploma was the most sought-after programme next to the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) program in the freight logistics industry.
He added that successful candidates of diploma programme training will be competent enough to work in freight logistics globally.
“For the last 10 years, over 2,500 logistics operators have been trained under the East African Customs and Freight Forwarding Practicing Certificate (EACFFPC); a discipline that has enhanced professionalism in the industry and also eased the collection of customs revenue. With the diploma, the operators will only get better at their craft as it’s an upgrade on the EACFFPC,” Kiddede said.
The 12-month course will have learners taken through 14 modules which encompass the subjects of multi-modal transport, logistics and supply chain management, customs procedures, warehousing distribution and storage, insurance, dangerous goods and security, ICT-like application of blockchain technology, and legal matters, among others.
Speaking at the function, Stephen Asiimwe, the executive director of the Private Sector Foundation Uganda (PSFU), said the programme aligned with Uganda’s Vision 2040, which necessitated government support through PSFU.
He added: “This course will promote efficiency and effectiveness in this crucial transport and logistics sector thus boosting its growth. And since logistics impacts the entire economy, even other sectors will be boosted as a result. In turn, this will contribute to economic development through the provision of employment opportunities.”
The FIATA diploma is an internationally recognized competency-based vocational training course aimed at enhancing the skill-set of freight logistics operators. The course will also make logistic operators more competitive in the labor market internationally as Uganda enters the development phase of its oil and gas industry, which is keen on standards.
UFFA was one of the beneficiaries of the skilling and support initiative of the Skills Development Facility (SDF) under the Private Sector Foundation Uganda (PSFU). It received a grant to develop an innovative training program, build the capacity of local trainers (through a Training of Trainers scheme that was facilitated by FIATA professionals) and have the curriculum validated by FIATA.
The 26 freight logistics practitioners who completed the Trainning of Trainers scheme will now be the ones to train logistics operators in Uganda and the entire East Africa region, going forward.
Although established in 1996, Uganda has become the fifth country in Africa and the first in East Africa to have an accredited training center offering FIATA diploma courses in freight forwarding; a training program that is administered by FIATA members.