Agility, a leading global logistics and infrastructure provider, has opened a distribution park near Ghana’s main port, the first of a network of logistics parks it intends to build across Africa, bringing world-class warehousing and logistics capabilities.
Tenants at the 45-acre Ghana Agility Distribution Park in the Tema Port Free Trade Zone Enclave include multinationals entering the West African market and small and medium-size Ghanaian companies using the park to expand their operations in light manufacturing and export and import.
Agility is developing distribution parks in Cote D’Ivoire, Tanzania, Nigeria, Mozambique and Angola. It has additional sites available in Senegal, Mauritius and Cameroon.
“One of the biggest constraints to companies starting to do business in Africa is the lack of quality logistics and infrastructure,” said Geoffrey White, CEO of Agility Africa. “This is inhibiting the growth of trade, imports, exports and manufacturing.”
The Agility parks provide 24-hour security, reliable power and connectivity, and international-standard warehousing and logistics services. In addition, Agility develops “Build-to-Suit” options for customers to meet their specific requirements.
“Agility is a world leader in developing logistics parks around the globe. We are committed to using this in-depth experience to establish a network of quality facilities in Africa,” White said. “By developing and leasing much-needed warehousing, the Agility Distribution Parks help companies operate in Africa with the reliable, modern and secure infrastructure they need to grow their business, allowing them to access new markets without committing large amounts of capital.”
To meet demand, Agility is building seven more warehouses at the Ghana park in a second phase of development. It is also finalizing proposals for several large Build-to-Suit facilities at the Ghana park, each tailored to specific customer requirements with sizes ranging from 5,000 sqm to 25,000 sqm.
Agility Distribution Parks meet international environmental standards and use eco-friendly construction materials. Agility used energy efficient roof and side insulated panels; wind-driven roof fans; skylights for natural lighting; LED and energy-saving bulbs; and solar-powered street lights. The site will recycle paper, plastic, metal, and carton waste. It provides eco-friendly waste management services and carbon footprint reporting.
The 2016 Agility Emerging Markets Logistics Index ranked Ghana as one of the most promising markets in Africa. Africa’s growing middle class and consumer spending were identified as the most significant drivers for Africa’s growth in the Index, an annual ranking of the world’s most attractive emerging markets countries.
To provide training in management and logistics-related skills, Agility has developed leadership programs for Africa that are available to local employees and university graduates. Trainees will have the opportunity to gain experience working with Agility in Ghana and around the world.
“Agility is investing in the future of Africa by funding and developing projects that build long-term sustainable businesses. The Ghana distribution park is just the first step,” White said. “We are proud to be supporting Ghana’s economic growth, and the economic growth of Africa as a whole.”