Aramex, one of the leading global provider of comprehensive logistics and transportation solutions, has expressed unwavering confidence in the ability of the Nigerian economy to regain its place as Africa’s biggest and fastest growing economy despite the ongoing recession.
The firm, which is present in 60 countries, yesterday officially announced its commencement of operations in Nigeria.
Speaking at a stakeholders’ event organised to re-launch Aramex in Nigeria, the Chief Executive Officer of Aramex, Hussein Hachem, said the decision to invest in the Nigerian economy, despite current challenges, was a demonstration of its support for the government’s efforts to stabilise the economy and make it once more attractive to global investors.
“We’re committed to offering solutions to help shape the logistics and transportation industry using technologies that will connect Nigeria with the rest of the world, ensuring safety of goods and prompt delivery.
“This is all part of our commitment to finding unique and innovative solutions that continually disrupt and transform the logistics and transportation industries, ultimately helping us maintain our market leadership,” Hachem said.
According to him, Aramex has a long-term business strategy for Nigeria, just as it seeks to tap into the opportunities in the country’s youth population.
“Look at Nigeria, it is a population of about 190 million people. Sixty per cent of thus population are youths that are highly connected on the Internet and there is massive usage of mobile phones. And we believe the time is ripe to connect the Nigerian community to the global revolution of e-Commerce.
“What we want to do is to ensure that a greater population of Nigeria are able to access e-Commerce platforms and be able to buy anything they want through the Internet. We believe Nigeria is the hub for the region and we would like to connect more Nigerians to their neighbors in the region as well as to the global community,” the Aramex boss added.
He said his firm is currently in talks with the Nigerian Postal Service as part of efforts to drive e-Commerce in the country.
Since its foundation in 1982, Hachem said Aramex has grown to become a world leader in comprehensive transportation and delivery solutions for businesses and consumers. Its global footprint is extensive and expanding rapidly, with business operations in over 552 major cities across the world. Its core operations employ over 17,000 transportation professionals. Aramex also has alliances with over 40 leading international express and logistics providers, expanding its global network to more than 12,000 offices and 66,000 employees serving over 240 countries, he added.
On his part, the Managing Director of Aramex Nigeria, Faisal Jarmakani, said: “Nigeria is a technologically advanced market with a growing economy and strong business environment. We are pleased to be operating within this space, collaborating and supporting the growing e-commerce and FinTech industries, with the support of NIPOST and other players. We will continue to leverage technology and innovative solutions to accelerate the growth of our business and enhance customer satisfaction.”
Jarmakani also assured Nigerians that Aramex will scale up the latest innovations being piloted in other operating environments in the Nigerian market, as it remains a priority to provide the best service to clients.