As CEO of Africa Global Logistics, formerly Bolloré, Eric Melet will deliver a keynote address on topics such as investing in logistics, local content and sustainable oil and gas.
Africa Global Logistics (formerly Bolloré) CEO Eric Melet, will deliver a keynote address at the next leg of the African Energy Chamber’s (AEC) investment roadshow, the Invest in African Energy Paris Forum – taking place on June 1 at the Westin Paris – Vendóme. During the forum, Melet will be sharing insight into the opportunities for investment across Africa’s logistics sectors, how to optimize local content and the need to increase investment in Africa’s energy infrastructure. Additionally, Melet will expand on dialogue surrounding the role the logistics industry plays in driving sustainable economic growth across the continent, strategies for developing oilfield bases and how Africa can transform its energy sector through technological and innovative solutions across the rail and broader logistics sectors.
As a logistics operator, Africa Global Logistics has made a name for itself as a major player in the African energy sector, offering high-end services to a range of industries across the growing market. From customized logistics solutions to connectivity to ports, rail and road logistics, the company is committed to supporting the both the transformation and growth of a sustainable logistics ecosystem in Africa. Under a mandate of connecting Africa to Africa, and Africa to the rest of the world, the company operates more than 250 logistics and maritime agencies, 22 port and rail concessions, 66 dry ports and two river terminals worldwide, advancing trade and the distribution of commodities including energy-related products.
With a focus on facilitating the import and export of goods across Africa, Africa Global Logistics has prioritized the energy transition, digitalization and economic growth, supporting businesses and Governments in expanding regional trade and commodity distribution. As the continent enters into a new era of growth on the back of rising demand as well as strengthened investment in infrastructure and energy, Africa Global Logistics is working towards supporting progress through a competitive range of logistical services. Currently, the company has been operating across the continent for well over a century, having rebranded in 2022 from Bolloré following the company’s acquisition by Mediterranean Shipping Company. The acquisition enabled the connection of one of the biggest integrated logistics networks in Africa to one of the largest maritime transport networks worldwide. Now, the company is better equipped than ever to support the development of the African energy sector, and Melet will be driving this very narrative in Paris at the Invest in African Energy reception this June.
Meanwhile, on the local content side, the company continues to advocate for the development of the continent’s human capital, promoting African talents as well as the development and success of small- to medium sized enterprises. With over 21,000 employees across 49 countries, the company recognizes the importance of facilitating skills and technology transfer so as to accelerate sustainable economic growth on the back of capacity building. The Paris forum provides the best platform for Melet to provide insight into the various local content initiatives undertaken by African Global Logistics.
“We look forward to hosting Eric Melet in Paris for the Invest in African Energy Forum. Africa’s investment needs transcend the exploration and production space, with significant capital required across the infrastructure and logistics industries in order to kickstart long-term growth. Africa Global Logistics, with a focus on facilitating intra-African trade and investment, represents a key player in the market and a valuable partner for energy stakeholders looking towards Africa’s opportunities. In Paris, we look forward to hearing the insights from Melet and hope to see some industry-advancing deals signed between the company and European investors,” stated NJ Ayuk, Executive Chairman of the AEC.
The Invest in African Energy Paris Forum follows three European receptions that took place in London, Oslo and Frankfurt as well as a forum in Dubai. The next leg of the roadshow aims to consolidate and strengthen Europe-Africa collaboration, advancing already forged ties between African countries and French-based investors and companies with the aim of accelerating development across the African energy value chain. During the Paris reception, delegates will have the chance to meet and network with industry experts such as Melet, while sharing best business practices, technological insights and partnership opportunities.