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NAFL heads logistics industry shake-up

The National Association of Freight Logistics has signed a MoU to establish liability insurance for the logistics industry.

The Dubai-based National Association of Freight Logistics (NAFL) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Dubai Department of Economic Development (DED) to establish a system of competency, accountability and professional liability insurance for the freight forwarding and transport logistics industry in Dubai.

DED and NAFL will implement a procedure to assess the competency levels of new and existing license holders and introduce vocational training to enhance competency levels and accountability of licence holders, besides applying professional liability insurance schemes with internationally adopted standards.

Captain Mansoor Ghafoor, president of NAFL, and Ali Ibrahim, deputy director general for executive affairs, DED, were the signatories of the agreement.

“We back any initiative directed towards positioning Dubai as a centre of excellence. The agreement signed between the two parties shows the commitment of both the private and government sector in raising the standard of logistics industry in the UAE,” said His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, president of the Dubai Department of Civil Aviation, chairman of Emirates Group and patron of NAFL.

DED and NAFL intend to work jointly towards the introduction and establishment of a system to ensure that operators and service providers in this industry have, or acquire through NAFL, the necessary competency levels and knowledge required for their business and comply with international standards and conventions.

“The agreement with the DED is NAFL’s first official MoU with a government department. This marks both the DED’s and NAFL’s commitment towards the conversion of the logistics industry to become a centre of quality and excellence. We seek to encourage and develop the standard of those working in the field without any restrictions,” said Ghafoor.

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