has been chosen for the chairmanship of Federation of Freight Forwarders' Associations in India (FFFAI). His new role will come into effect
after September 22, when a new Executive Committee will take charge for two
years’ term 2017-2019.
As a new chairman for this term, Pednekar said he has
several innovative plans and programmes in his mind to strengthen FFFAI as well
as customs broking, freight forwarding and logistics industry in India.
“My first priority would be creating awareness and
hard works to make the FIATA World Congress-2018, which is taking place from
September 25 to 29 in New Delhi with FFFAI as host organisation, a great
success. Already we are witnessing huge excitements about the mega
international logistics event in India among freight forwarding, entire
logistics industry and government agencies. As FIATA World Congress has been
the benchmarking event for all logistics professionals, we are expecting 1500
foreign and Indian delegates in this mega international event. FFFAI is
committed to make this event a milestone for the development of India’s
manufacturing, export/import, forwarding and logistics industry. It would
provide an opportunity for interaction on best practices in logistics across
the world,” said Pednekar. The FFFAI Chairman for 2017-19 is seeking support
from all industry stakeholders and government to script the success story of
FWC-2018. Meanwhile, Pednekar along with other FFFAI leaders is regularly interacting
with all relevant ministries and PMO office for their maximum
Commenting on other priorities during his stint
Pednekar maintained that the present Prime Minister of India’s vision “zero
corruption” should be implemented in letter of intent and spirit. “We would
convey regular suggestions to the Department of Revenue, Ministry of Finance to
make sure there are transparency and minimum interfaces between Department of
Customs and Customs Brokers.
“We support all path-breaking initiatives from
the government including the latest revolutionary step called GST, which has
integrated the country as regard to financial integration, facilitation of
quick cargo movement and revenue earnings to strengthen the country,” he added.
At the same time the chairman elect also emphasised on
enhancing skill for logistics industry by collaborating with the government.
“Our skill developing arm Indian Institute of Freight Forwarders (IIFF) is
going to further strengthen government’s Skill India initiative for the benefit
of logistics industry by signing MoU with the Skill Council for Logistics,
under the Ministry of Skill Development. There is huge skill gap
prevailing in the cargo and logistics industry and IIFF under FFFAI would play
the critical role in supplying trained manpower, which result in tremendous
effects on performance and perception about this hitherto unorganized and at
the same time potential sunrise sector,” Pednekar shared.