DHL to launch SMEs programme

SHARE   |   Sunday, 21 June 2015   |   By Kabelo Adamson
Minister of Trade and Industry, Vincent Seretse [R] receiving a token of appreciation from MD of DHL, Sub Saharan Africa Charles Brewer in Gaborone on Thursday Minister of Trade and Industry, Vincent Seretse [R] receiving a token of appreciation from MD of DHL, Sub Saharan Africa Charles Brewer in Gaborone on Thursday PIC: OMANG KILANO

• Opens new Head quarters
• To improve  connectivity

DHL Express will soon launch a training and development programme for the Small Medium Entrepreneurs (SMEs) to provide them with an opportunity to take their entrepreneurial skills to the global level.
The courier company will this month train facilitators in South Africa, who will be used to train the SMEs in Africa, Botswana included. Charles Brewer, DHL Express Managing Director for the Sub-Saharan Africa, said on Thursday during his visit to Botswana - which also marked the opening of DHL Botswana head office - that the trainers are expected to arrive in Botswana sometime in July this year to start the mentorship.
Brewer said the training will be dispensed free of charge and any SME willing to take part in the programme is free to so. According to Brewer, SMEs form an integral part of any economy as they also provide employment opportunities to many people.
To facilitate the programme, Brewer said the courier company which has operations in 52 African counties will adopt a public private partnership which is the most viable way to drive a sustainable economy.
As part of their efforts, Brewer said they have committed to shape connectivity of Botswana, which will in turn drive sustainability of the economy, explaining that the more connected the country the more sustainable the economy. This, he said, has resulted in DHL opening a series of service points across the country, some stand-alone while others are in partnerships with other companies such as filling stations.
He said their intention is to push the DHL services across Botswana as a way of improving connectivity. Regarding the implementation of SME assistance programme, DHL Express Country Manager, Mokgethi Magapa said they will not entirely carry the responsibilities but will work with other agencies such as LEA and CEDA.
On Thursday, the logistics company officially opened its new head office in Gaborone which is equipped with world class equipment which according to DHL Vice President-Operations will offer a world class working environment.
DHL, which employs 50 people locally and about 300 through agency services, unveiled the state of the art facility which together with its associate infrastructure cost the company P10 million.
About Charles Brewer

Charles Brewer took up the position of Managing Director for DHL Express Sub-Saharan Africa in February, 2011. Prior to this, he served on the Board of DHL USA as the Senior Vice President and GM of DHL Express USA.  A supply chain professional and specialist in international shipping, he has over 30 years of industry experience, covering multiple global regions and disciplines.
Charles started his career at DHL UK in 1984 as a customer service agent. He spent 15 years with the company in the UK and then moved to the DHL Express Asia Pacific region where he spent the next eight years, first as a country manager of the Philippines and then Malaysia.  In 2006, he was appointed as Executive Vice President, Commercial in the USA and in 2009 he became Senior VP and GM, DHL Express USA. 
In his current position he is responsible for Finance, Information Technology, Operations, Customer Service, Human Resources and Commercial activities in the Sub-Saharan region. He has 51 countries and territories, over 3500 employees, over 250 facilities, five regional hubs, and 15 dedicated DHL aircraft under his guidance.
Charles was born in the UK. After completing school at Lord Wandsworth College, he went on to Cranfield and Reading University and has also completed executive programmes at Henley Management College. Charles has lived and worked in multiple countries, but counts moving to Sub-Saharan Africa as one of his highlights. He is married with two children.

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