IMC and Agility sign emergency relief deal
Los Angeles, January 25, 2009
International Medical Corps (IMC) and Agility, a global logistics leader, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that outlines plans to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of humanitarian relief.
The two parties agreed to work together on both emergency relief and development settings to provide rapid response to populations in need and logistical support for long-term assistance, said an official spokesman.
By combining their specialties, IMC and Agility will bring higher standards to humanitarian logistics and supply chain management.
“This partnership brings together Agility’s expertise in global logistics with IMC’s 25 years experience in humanitarian relief and training to deliver highly efficient, effective emergency assistance wherever it is needed most,” said president and CEO of IMC Nancy Aossey.
The memorandum is the next step in a long track record of IMC and Agility teamwork in emergency settings. Most recently, the two worked together to bring essential medical supplies to Baghdad hospitals in Rasafa district, home to the volatile Al Sadr City.
Their effort directly benefited more than 10,000 people in one of Baghdad’s most devastated areas.
“We are thrilled to be formalizing a partnership that has already proven successful,” said Aossey. “IMC and Agility have already changed thousands of lives in their work together. This MOU ensures that this life-saving cooperation will continue to help those around the world who need it most.”
“We are proud to be working with IMC. At Agility, we believe in using our strength in logistics to make a difference in our communities around the world. By partnering with IMC, Agility will help ensure vital food supplies, basic necessities and medical aid reach disaster-stricken areas in a timely manner,” said chairman and managing director of Agility Tarek Sultan.
“We are excited to be working with IMC to not only provide humanitarian relief but also help the affected populations become self-reliant.”
An international company with more than 550 offices in 100 countries around the world, Agility provides a global integrated logistics system through a network of warehousing facilities and transportation and freight services.
As part of its social responsibility initiative, Agility created the Humanitarian and Emergency Logistics Programme (HELP) to help governments and NGOs bring food, shelter, medicine, clothing, and other relief supplies where they are needed around the world. – TradeArabia News Service