Deutsche Post DHL Group Chief Executive Officer, Frank Appel, has recently visited South Africa and Nigeria to reiterate the importance of emerging markets and encouraging the development of Sub-Saharan Africa.
Appel said, “Today, emerging market revenues contribute over 20 per cent to Deutsche Post DHL Group's revenues, but by 2020 the Group expects this figure to climb to 30 per cent. Therefore, we will continue to concentrate on organic growth by investing into promising present and future markets.
“DHL already has a strong footprint in Africa, but we see some excellent opportunities to further increase our presence in the Sub-Saharan region. South Africa's exceptional geographic location as the gateway to Africa, and Nigeria's growing gross domestic product (GDP) and diversifying markets are only two of the many important indicators for this.”
DHL has significantly invested in Sub-Saharan Africa, including €14.5 million in Supply Chain and €16 million in Global Forwarding divisions as well as a planned €17 million in 2015 from DHL Express.
Frank Appel noted, “Staying close to the market and being responsive to customer needs are DHL's fundamental principles. We have established world-class facilities in Sub-Saharan Africa to support our global network, and I am delighted to witness first-hand the sustained efforts of our employees to deliver best-in-class services. We are committed to Sub-Saharan Africa and will continue to build on our successful four-decade legacy in the region.”