Several Dutch and South African companies have signed a letter of intent for agriculture logistics cooperation as part of the Netherlands’ Flying Swans initiative.
Konanani Liphadzi, CEO of Fruit South Africa and representative of the South African fruit sector, and Flying Swans Consortium representatives Peter Verbaas, Deputy Director Frugi Venta, and Nanno Kleiterp, CEO of Dutch Bank FMO, signed the letter of intent as part of an official ceremony during a Dutch trade mission to South Africa.
Flying Swans initiative was created to help Dutch corporations and entrepreneurs succeed in developing markets in Africa, Asia and South America, and its Consortium is a collaboration between Dutch consultancy, Mercator Novus, produce trader, Frugi Venta, maritime services company Boskalis, the Port of Rotterdam and Dutch bank, FMO.
The South African transport company, Transnet, has reportedly also given its support to the collaboration.
The goal of the signatories in this specific area is to jointly implement improvements in the South African agro-logistics system, with a focus on an unbroken cold chain.
(Image L-R: Nanno Kleiterp, CEO FMO, Konanani Liphadzi, CEO Fruit South Africa, and Peter Verbaas, Deputy Director Frugi Venta.)