The Mediterranean requires a solid logistic network for the effective supply of humanitarian material aid for refugees

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Barcelona, 20 June 2016 – Since the beginning of 2015, when massive flows of refugees began to come on the verge of Europe, mainly from Syria, set up in makeshifts camps far from city centers, a series of logistic needs such as food supply, have become challenging priorities for this regional humanitarian assistance process. The World Refugee Day that we celebrate today, it is the occasion to emphasize the role that the private sector plays within this humanitarian crisis of regional and international scope.

To successfully address the needs of refugees, governments should begin partnering with the organizations that understand how to distribute goods, and pinpoint what it is needed and when. In tragedies of this kind, the worst humanitarian crises since World War II, food and medical delivery become important and correlated issues. A government organization by itself does not have the know-how for these kinds of operations, but the industry understands the supply chain, and how to move goods and services quickly and efficiently in those conditions.

As Eduardo Rodríguez Llado, Senior Supply Officer Planning Advisor of the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), explained at the 14th Mediterranean Logistics and Transport Forum which was organized by the Association of the Mediterranean Chambers of Commerce and Industry (ASCAME) last week in Barcelona, “to assist refugees we need bring products and distribute them. We need efficient regional infrastructures”. Certainly, “we need a logistic efficient network for the effective supply of the humanitarian material that comes to us", Barbara Díaz from Red Cross, asserted.

Without any doubt, there is a gap in which the private sector and companies have an important space to fill. It is necessary to stimulate and to support the companies to play a major role in this issue. In this regard, the Chambers of commerce of the Mediterranean region, represented by ASCAME, are in a good position to guarantee the success in the intermediation process between national governments and the managerial local community.

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