Digital logistics pioneer Zencargo joins the UAE Ministry of Economy’s NextGen FDI Program.
HE Al Zeyoudi: “Zencargo’s utilisation of advanced technology to revolutionise freight forwarding closely aligns with the goals of our Trade Tech Initiative, which seeks to digitise global supply chains.”
UK-based Zencargo will establish operations in the UAE, bolstering the city’s advanced technology ecosystem.
Abu Dhabi, September 7, 2023: The Ministry of Economy has announced that Zencargo, a UK-based pioneer in digital freight forwarding, is the latest company to join its NextGenFDI program.
The company plans to establish operations in the Emirates with a view to integrating into the UAE’s technology, trade, and logistics ecosystem and using the country as a platform to expand its operations into Africa and South Asia.
Zencargo’s presence in the UAE is an endorsement of the UAE’s Trade Tech initiative, which was launched in partnership with the World Economic Forum to accelerate the digitalization of international supply chains, enhance customs procedures, improve developing countries’ access to the global trading system, and spur a new era of trade growth.
His Excellency Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of State for Foreign Trade, said: “The UAE is a champion of trade innovation and supports the harnessing of advanced technology to catalyse global trade. Zencargo’s decision to open operations in the UAE is the latest example of a ground-breaking company taking advantage of our NextGen FDI program, and the UAE’s dynamic business ecosystem to pursue their next growth stage, which includes expansion into new markets. Their utilisation of advanced technology to revolutionise freight forwarding is fully aligned with the UAE Trade Tech Initiative, which seeks to deploy the tools of the Fourth Industrial Revolution to bring the global trading system into the 21st century.”
Commenting on Zencargo’s decision to establish operations in the UAE, Co-Founder Richard Fattal said, “It’s my pleasure to be here in the UAE. At Zencargo, we’re delighted to be expanding in the GCC region, which is undergoing so much growth and has a clear and open attitude towards facilitating global trade that we find deeply encouraging. NextGen FDI and the UAE’s free port strategy are clear examples of this, and we are excited to be helping businesses in the region to unlock smarter shipping decisions and connect them with the tools to gain more control over their supply chains.”
Founded in London in 2017 by Alex Hersham and Richard Fattal, Zencargo is a freight forwarder that uses proprietary software to provide clients with a comprehensive overview of their supply chains. Its platform, powered by machine learning, digitises the end-to-end inbound supply chain process, offering complete visibility at each stage from order to delivery. Zencargo has quickly developed a multinational client base and is adding the UAE to its operations, which currently span offices in the UK, North America, the Benelux (Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg), China, and East Asia.
The NextGenFDI program, launched in 2022, is supporting the growth of the UAE’s knowledge-based economy by enabling rapid incorporation and licencing, ready access to banking facilities and real estate, and facilitating visa issuance for advanced technology companies that seek to operate in the UAE. The initiative comprises government and private sector stakeholders, including DIFC, Abu Dhabi Global Market, the Dubai Multi Commodities Centre, Dubai Internet City, Dubai South, Emirates NBD, and the digital banking platform Wio.
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