Chief Executive Officer
Maputo Corridor Logistics Initiative
Barbara Mommen joined MCLI in October 2006 as Chief of Operations. Prior to that she headed up the large and dynamic Lowveld Chamber of Business. She began her career in education and spent ten years in the public sector. She was the recipient of a British Council fellowship and obtained a Senior Management Certificate from the University of Manchester’s Institute for Development and Policy which was followed by an attachment to the Cabinet Office in London where she worked on the merger of two departments. She has worked as a consultant and business process facilitator and was appointed Chief Executive Officer on the 1st of July 2011. She is currently busy with a Master’s Degree in Leading Innovation and Change; a degree which focuses on strategic change leadership, strategic thinking, culture change and innovation in organizations.
The role of transport corridors and reliable, predictable and efficient land side logistics in servicing Ports is crucial to the competitiveness of industry, the ability of regions to trade effectively, and to economic growth. Infrastructure is central to supporting landside logistics, as are efficient systems. When border crossing is added to the dynamics, the role of a corridor management organisation is crucial to ensuring that all the elements are integrated and coordinated to service the full range of public and private sector stakeholders.
In the past ten years, the Maputo Corridor has exceeded all expectations in the growth of freight volumes with a throughput of 4.5 million tons in 2003 to an anticipated 20 million tons by the end of 2014. This exponential growth has placed pressure on both systems and infrastructure to ensure the smooth flow of traffic to and from the Port of Maputo. Interventions by both the public and private sector have contributed to addressing some of these challenges.