SCLG celebrates 2006 growth

The Supply Chain and Logistics Group (SCLG) experienced a period of evolution this year, becoming the region's first independent logistics body.

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By  Robeel Haq Published  November 26, 2006

|~|sclg_dec2.jpg|~|Mike Lee, SCLG’s president|~|Under the umbrella of the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI), the Supply Chain and Logistics Group (SCLG) experienced a period of evolution this year, becoming the Middle East’s first independent supply chain and logistics body. The non-profit organisation was established to promote the importance of supply chain management and provide education, training, seminar and networking opportunities on a local, regional and global basis. “This year has seen a significant boost to our profile, with an increase in active memberships in excess of 250 professionals across the region, together with higher industry awareness about our group,” says Mike Lee, SCLG’s president. “We are extremely encouraged by the tenacity and perseverance of our board of advisors, consultative committee and executive committee, in addition to the DCCI team.” One of the group’s biggest highlights this year took place in February, when it succeeded in bringing the Council of Supply Chain and Management Professionals (CSCMP) roundtable to Dubai for the first time. The achievement showcased SCLG’s growing credibility, on both a local and international level. After the endorsement of the CSCMP roundtable, SCLG added momentum to its regional expansion plans by hosting a delegation from Standards, Productivity and Innovation Board (SPRING), a Singapore government enterprise development agency at the joint request of SPRING and DCCI. The meeting was held to promote business ties between UAE and Singapore in the field of Supply Chain Management (SCM). “Dubai and Singapore enjoy prominent positions as regional logistics hubs for both the Middle East and South East Asia. With this in mind, we are committed to cooperation between SCLG and SPRING and look forward together to raising the bar in the industry,” explains Lee. SCLG, which places great importance on supporting localisation in the industry, also sponsored a UAE national student to participate in the annual CSCMP conference, which took place in the United States during October 2006. This latest initiative of the group was part of its agenda to support the rising number of practitioners in the country. More recently, SCLG received a positive response from members after introducing a series of focus groups, covering a variety of sectors, such as retail, six sigma, business process management and RFID applications. The diverse selection of topics encouraged members to take an active role in signing-up to sessions related to their industries. To further emphasise the importance of its role in promoting supply chain management, the DCCI business group was recently awarded a certificate to enjoy the status of an independent legal entity. It also established full time administration support to achieve its goals and boost expansion plans. As part of SCLG’s plans for 2007, the group aims to double its membership, with a target to raise US$275,000 revenue. There has also been an agreement to modify the membership drive campaign and finalise a networking calendar for the last quarter of 2006 and first half of 2007. These events will include fund-raising activities as well as networking opportunities, driving both SCLG and the wider agenda forward for Dubai, UAE and the region. The group will also hold its inaugural annual dinner and future plans include exploring ways to recognise key performers in the supply chain industry. ||**||

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