Engro Corporation has signed an agreement with the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, to jointly co-develop opportunities, with IFC InfraVentures, in the Temperature Controlled Logistics (TCL) industry of the country.
The partnership stems from Engro’s intent to study the logistics sector and devise integrated solutions for products that require temperature controlled logistics such as agricultural produce, medicines, and perishable food commodities amongst others.
Experts estimate that present patterns in transport and trade logistics generate inefficiencies that cost Pakistan’s economy roughly 4 to 6 per cent of GDP every year. Furthermore, the country loses approximately 35% – 40% of its production of fruits, vegetables and dairy products due to poor post-harvest management practices.
Speaking at the occasion, Ghias Khan President Engro Corporation said: “Pakistan’s performance on most logistical indicators, including the quality of trade and transport infrastructure, lags behind many emerging Asian countries. World Bank’s most recent Logistics Performance Index ranked Pakistan at number 68 out of a total of 160 surveyed countries. Pakistan continues to rank in the middle of the ranking despite its strategic geographic location, as compared to India at 35 and China at number 27. It is, therefore, evident that our transport supply chain system is not providing the value-added services that have become the hallmark of modern logistics, such as multi modal systems that combine the strengths of different transport modes into one integrated solution.