World Humanitarian Day: Monday 19th August 2019
In the light of recent events in Syria whereby thousands of people were either displaced or lost their properties and became totally dependent on temporary shelter and humanitarian aid, International Business Center (IBC), with renowned expertise in managing mobile telecom services and power projects on a national scale, embroiled in the effort of relieving the suffering of the homeless and the despaired in cooperation with national and international aid agencies.
Food and non-food items (NFIs) are vital to displaced people and refugee’s survival health and well-being.
The distribution of food and NFIs requires careful planning and dynamic management, to ensure equitable assistance to the displaced population and the safety and protection of all involved, even on a short notice. Many international aid organizations have short listed IBC as a local and regional trustworthy partner with respect to food/NFIs and other necessities provisioning. As humanitarian partner, we assist in the supply chain, logistics, warehousing, management, quality and quantity control, packaging for food and non-food items as per specific requirements set out by the organizations.
Numerous international relief and aid agencies are operating in Syria’s conflict zones such as World Food Program (WFP), World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations Development Program (UNDP), United Nations High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR), United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), OXFAM, and Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) among other NGOs. Some are relying on IBC’s skilled manpower and logistics support network to supply, store, manage, package, and deliver food commodities and non-food items to thousands of needy, stranded, internally displaced, and homeless populations around the country.
In order to fulfil contractual obligations towards WFP humanitarian logistics projects, IBC, as a cooperating partner of WFP, manages a dedicated and secure local warehouse in Aleppo where 45 administrative personnel backed by nearly 500 skilled supervisors and workers are tasked with food and NFIs procurement, supply chain, quality and quantity monitoring, loading and unloading, rations packaging, and delivery from our warehouses to designated distribution centers via Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) and other Syrian NGOs such as Syrian Trust for Development, Lamset shifa and other Syrian civil societies.
In 2018, a monthly average of 116,000 food baskets were packaged and delivered from our Aleppo warehouse. Thousands of tons of wheat, lentils, bulgur, dates, peanut butter and other food stuff are procured on a monthly basis on behalf of the aid agencies and according to international relief and aid agencies. A monthly average food of 13,000 Metric Ton of food commodities were offloaded and dispatched in 2018.
In time of crisis, IBC is able to meet the most stringent working conditions and contribute to the humanitarian efforts of the international community and most often respond in a swift manner to urgent and delicate situations on the ground. Thanks to our committed and qualified workforce, we had earned an undisputable reputation for proficiency, expertise, and reliance.