Turkiye, Algeria Sign Twelve Different Agreements, Boost bilateral relationship.

Türkiye and Algeria signed 12 agreements on Tuesday in various fields during a visit by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Erdogan and his Algerian counterpart, Abdelmadjid Tebboune, co-chaired the second meeting of the Türkiye-Algeria High-Level Cooperation Council in the capital, Algiers.

Afterward, the leaders joined a signing ceremony for the agreements.

Addressing trade between the two countries, Erdogan said: “Last year, our trade volume reached a record of $5.3 billion, and we expect it to reach $6 billion by the end of this year.

“With the efforts we will increase, we hope to reach the target of $10 billion in trade volume that we set with my brother Tebboune in a short time,” he said.

Erdogan shared his appreciation for Algeria’s efforts to evaluate its economic potential under the leadership of Tebboune.

“We closely follow the efforts of around 1,400 Turkish companies supporting this process. We take pride in our companies being the largest investors and job providers in non-hydrocarbon sectors in Algeria,” he said. “We will strive to increase these investments even further. We are pleased with Algeria’s investments in our country.”

Türkiye desires to diversify and enhance relations in energy and renewable energy through new partnerships with Algeria, added Erdogan.

Tebboune said Erdogan’s visit, despite the “special and exceptional” conditions at the regional and international levels, is a significant success for relations.

Considering the sincere will on both sides, Türkiye-Algeria relations are strong and have open horizons for further cooperation, said Tebboune, adding Algeria has become Türkiye’s second-largest trading partner in Africa.

Erdogan and Tebboune also signed a joint statement on the second meeting of the High-Level Cooperation Council between Türkiye and Algeria.

Meanwhile, Türkiye’s global news agency, Anadolu, and Algeria Press Service signed the cooperation agreement.

Ethiopian Airlines Increases its Boeing 737 Max Fleet.

On Tuesday, Ethiopian Airlines revealed a partnership with Boeing, outlining plans to purchase 20 737 MAX aircraft and an additional 11 787 Dreamliners at the Dubai Air Show. The CEO of the East African airline, Mesfin Tasew, asserts that this marks just the start.

This serves as the initial phase, and we anticipate undertaking another round of fleet renewal in the coming years, during which we plan to procure additional airplanes.

As per Tasew, Ethiopian Airlines anticipates utilizing options to acquire an additional 21 narrow-body planes. Furthermore, there are purchasing options for an extra 15 787-9 Dreamliner jets.

Ethiopian Airlines secures a historic order for a maximum of 67 Boeing jets, marking the largest-ever aircraft purchase in African history at a single time. For additional details, refer to the provided link.

The airline plans to reveal an order for wide-body jets, specifically the Boeing 777X or Airbus A350, in the upcoming months. However, the CEO declined to disclose the quantity of wide-body jets to be ordered.

In reference to the 2019 MAX crash, Mesfin Tasew expresses a renewed trust in the single-aisle aircraft.

The incident involving the 737 MAX four years ago was profoundly tragic, leaving a lasting impact on our memory. We mourn for the victims of that accident. After thorough examination, we have verified that Boeing has completely rectified the design flaw of the aircraft. Consequently, we have regained our trust in it.

The 737 MAX crash in March 2019, occurring shortly after takeoff from Addis Ababa, resulted in the tragic loss of all 157 individuals on board.

The incident marked the second involving a Boeing MAX in under five months and prompted a global suspension of all MAX jets for nearly two years.

The accidents revealed an issue with a system on the plane, resulting in the global grounding of the model. This move incurred a cost of around $20 billion for the U.S. plane-maker and triggered legal proceedings that brought to light deficiencies in the certification process.

Characterized by Boeing as the most extensive acquisition of Boeing aircraft in African history, the sale’s specific price point remains undisclosed.

Rwanda’s Aviation Center for Excellence Receives $23.6 Million Funding.

On November 13, the Rwandan lower house of Parliament gave its approval to a financing deal worth $23.6 million (about Rwf29 billion) for the establishment of a Center of Excellence for Aviation Skills (CEAS).

According to officials, it will function as a training hub for aviation academies to address the industry’s need for skilled labor.

According to Uzziel Ndagijimana, Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, it will accomplish this by producing aviation personnel, such as pilots and experts, with international accreditation, such as that from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the European Union Aviation Safety Agency.

The African Development Bank (AfDB), which pledged the funds, and the Rwandan government signed the loan deal on October 16.

According to Ndagijimana, there is a 10-year grace period before repayment begins, and there is a one-percent interest rate. The repayment period is 40 years.

According to him, the project is in line with supporting Rwanda’s aviation industry.

The African Development Bank Group stated on October 19, 2023, that the loan previously specified for the building and furnishing of a new aviation training facility in the Rwandan capital, Kigali, had been approved by its Board of Directors on September 29 of that same year.

It further stated that the project’s components are connected to Kigali International Airport’s current services and facilities by the proximity of the proposed location to other associated structures.

According to the AfDB, it is anticipated to support Rwanda’s aspirations to establish itself as a regional aviation hub and attract foreign investment from the aviation sector. It also fits with Rwanda’s Vision 2050 to enhance human capital through the provision of top-notch training, labor upskilling, and workforce transformation for increased productivity.

The AfDB estimates that when the Center partially opens for business in 2025, it will be able to accommodate up to 500 students.

The facility will provide maintenance, cabin crew, and pilot training. In addition, it will offer repeated training in flight simulators, advanced pilot training for specialty missions, and instruction in drone operation.

According to industry observers, Africa will require approximately 50,000 aviation professionals over the next 20 years, including 15,000 pilots, 17,000 technicians, and 23,000 cabin crew personnel, as noted by the AfDB.

The Bank’s Director General for East Africa, Nnenna Nwabufo, stated that the Center will make it possible for young people in Rwanda and throughout East Africa to have access to opportunities for skill development.

“Overall, the project aligns with the Bank’s Skills for Employability and Productivity in Africa Action Plan, which stipulates ways of elevating the skills level of Africa’s workforce,” Nwabufo observed.

The ability for Rwanda to teach aviation professionals domestically is a welcome development, according to MP Pierre-Claver Rwaka. He noted that it was expensive to transfer them overseas to obtain the necessary training.

John Ruku-Rwabyoma, an MP from “the project symbolizes Rwanda’s uniqueness and it is not only coming to support Rwanda alone but also to bring a change to the current situation in Africa.” He said it fits well with RwandAir’s strategy to link Africa.

According to Ndagijimana, the project is crucial. “As we are a landlocked country, building capacity in air transport is crucial,” he said, pointing out it is strategic and helpful to do that through airport expansion or construction, increasing flights and routes as well as having a hub to train competent aviation staff.

An Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) study on the Aircraft Hangar and Center of Excellence Aviation Training Center Project, prepared by Akagera Aviation and dated May 2023, indicated that the project was anticipated to carry a $53.5 million price tag.

The $23.6 million in funding that has been acquired, according to Minister Ndagijimana, The New Times, is sufficient to support the planned operations, which include building construction, providing equipment, and creating curricula and programs that adhere to international standards.

The government would seek further money for the center, he added, if it grows.


Angola Inaugurates New $3 Billion Luanda International Airport.

The new international airport in Angola named Dr. Antonio Agostinho Neto International Airport (AIAAN) has been officially inaugurated by the Angolan government. The new airport will serve as the country’s main hub for passenger and cargo services and will eventually replace Luanda’s Quatro de Fevereiro Airport (LAD).

The new facility occupies a 19 sq mi (50 sq km) sector and is situated around 40 km east of central Luanda. It is 522 feet (159 meters) above sea level and features two asphalt runways. 12 467 feet (3,800 meters) long and 196 feet (60 meters) wide is the southern runway; 13,779 feet (4,200 meters) long and 196 feet (60 meters) wide is the northern runway.

AIAAN can accommodate 15 million passengers a year, of which 10 million are foreign and 5 million are local. In terms of cargo capacity, it can handle up to 286.6 million pounds (130,000 tonnes) yearly in the first phase and up to 970 million pounds (440,000 tonnes) annually in the expansion phase.

According to Angola’s Minister of Transport, Ricardo Viegas D’Abreu, the airport is a public investment fully funded by the government which is estiamated to have cost more than $3 billion, including the supporting infrastructure. The minister said the funds will be recovered through the concession of the airport’s management, development of the airport city, and engagement of the private sector to unlock the full potential of the new facilities.

There are twelve aircraft finger docks in the 1.7 million square foot (160,000 square meter) passenger terminal complex. Additional amenities including lodgings, workplaces, hangars, and retail stores. In addition to check-in counters and contemporary luggage carousels, the terminal building soon will have lounges and eateries.

Ranking by passenger capacity, AIAAN will be among the biggest airports in Africa. It will act as a vital hub on a regional and global scale to support the continued growth of Angola’s transportation and tourism industries. The new airport will be a major hub for trade as the government works to diversify the economy of the nation, since other industries are developing swiftly.

Its advantageous location facilitates the development of a strong logistics hub to increase both domestic and foreign trade. Angola believes that the growth of other industries can be aided by its aviation industry. It has created a brand-new, cutting-edge hub for civil aviation that will be essential to linking Africa to the rest of the globe and fostering the growth of local economies. 

Dr Ricardo Viegas D’Abreu added, “I must emphasize that with this new airport, we intend to create an international civil aviation hub in Luanda, which will play a crucial role in connecting Africa and the other continents. It truly contributes to the development of our region’s economies in a logic of ever greater integration and creation of added value for all.”

“Africa needs to be linked to Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Why? Because passengers increasingly need to move and because air transport is increasingly necessary to shorten distances and satisfy the needs of various sectors of the world economy.”

Expanding the center will also help the government’s goal of increasing Angolan tourism. In the upcoming years, AIAAN, as the primary gateway for foreign visitors, is anticipated to present Angola and welcome a significant influx of tourists. 

Additionally, it is now much simpler to enter Angola because the country in Southern Africa recently passed a resolution granting foreign nationals from at least 98 nations a 90-day visa-free stay. It is only for tourists and includes, among others, citizens of the US, UK, China, Brazil, and Morocco.


Rwanda Announces Visa-Free Travel for Africans.

Upon implementation, Rwanda has joined Gambia, Benin, Seychelles, and Kenya (once implemented on December 31st) to remove travel restrictions for African people. 

On Thursday 2nd November 2023, Rwanda declared that it will allow Africans to travel visa-free to the country, becoming the latest country on the continent to announce such a measure aimed at boosting the free movement of people and trade to rival Europe’s Schengen zone. 

The announcement was made by the country’s president, Paul Kagame in Rwanda’s capital city, where he pitched the prospect of Africa as “a unified tourism destination” for a continent that still relies on 60% of its tourists from outside Africa, according to data from the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa. 

Speaking during the 23rd Global Summit of the World Travel and Tourism Council, the President said, “Any African can get on a plane to Rwanda whenever they wish and they will not pay a thing to enter our country”.

Kagame went on to say “We should not lose sight of our continental market. Africans are the future of global tourism as our middle class continues to grow at a fast pace in the decades to come”.

Rwanda will be the fourth African nation to lift travel restrictions for its citizens once they are implemented. The Gambia, Benin, and Seychelles are further nations that have exempted citizens of Africa from needing a visa.

On Monday, President William Ruto of Kenya declared that by December 31, all Africans would be able to enter the country of East Africa without a visa. “Visa restrictions amongst ourselves are working against us. When people cannot travel, business people cannot travel, entrepreneurs cannot travel we all become net losers” said Ruto at an international summit in Congo Brazzaville.

In 2016, an African passport was launched by the African Union with much fanfare, explaining it would compete with the European Union model in “unleashing the potential of the continent”. However, so far, it is just diplomats and AU officials who have been issued the travel document.

According to the African Union (AU) website, the African passport and free movement of people are “aimed at removing restrictions on African ability to travel, work and live within their own continent”.

The African Continental Free Trade Area was also launched, aimed to create a single unified market for the continent’s 1.4 billion people and to boost economic development. The continent-wide free trade area is estimated to be worth $3.4 trillion.

Double Celebration as Oba’s Birthday Coincides with Seventh Coronation Anniversary.

The Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II recently celebrated the 7th anniversary of the throne of his forebears in Benin. This royal celebration also doubled as his birthday celebration as his birthday was coincidentally on the same day. 

Every available space at the palace was filled by the friends and well-wishers of the Oba from all walks of life.


The celebration started with two days of free healthcare and ended with Thanksgiving on Saturday at the National Church in Benin.


Omo N’Oba Ewuare on Saturday rose from the inner chambers amidst drumming and praise singing by Iweguae society, waving to the seated audience who responded with a thunderous ovation.


The Friday event ended in the early hours of Saturday before the Thanksgiving service.

The royal father sat on the ancient throne of his ancestors at the Aruo- Ozolua axis of the palace where he received homages.


The traditional homages were paid for by different traditional rulers, dignitaries, palace chiefs and functionaries, native doctors of various classifications, priests, and priestesses of different deities, traditional worshipers, and a host of others.


The Inne Theatre Troupe, Efesoghoba Palace Troupe, Epko-Avbiama, Igbabonelimi from Esan land, and others from different states took turns to perform to the delight of the audience.


Oba Ewuare, who was full of praises to almighty God and ancestors, thanked everyone for celebrating with him. Traditional Chiefs, including Osaro Idah, the Obazelu of Benin Ozigbo Esere, and the Osuma Of Benin, hailed the Benin king for his achievements since ascending the throne of his ancestors.


However, the Benin ruler urged members of the Edo State House of Assembly to consider some important cultural bills that would promote and strengthen cultural norms and value systems in the land.

According to Oba Ewuare, such bills would in no small measure curtail the surging social crimes amongst youths in the country. The royal father made the call when the speaker of Edo House of Assembly Mr Blessing Agbebaku led principal officials of the house to celebrate with Oba at his palace.


He admonished Edo lawmakers to be focused on their legislative business rather than being tied to the apron string of the executive arm of government. Omo N’Oba posited that the independence of the legislature was key to robust democracy, insisting that the lawmakers must live up to the expectations of the people who voted them into power.

Oba Ewuare hailed the assembly’s leadership, just as he pledged palace support for the lawmakers.


The speaker, Agbebaku had told the monarch that they were at his palace to congratulate him on the occasion of his birthday and the 7th coronation anniversary on the throne.


Agbebaku also pledged the Edo assembly’s loyalty and promised to work with the palace for the overall development of the state. 

Mr. Eazi’s ‘The Evil Genius’ Drops; Features Other African Artists.

After the long suspense, Mr. Eazi’s debut album, “The Evil Genius”, is finally out and now available under the artist’s emPawa Africa Label.

This project was painstakingly crafted across diverse locations with African locations making up a greater part of it. The locations involved include Ouidah and Cotonou in Benin, Kigali in Rwanda, Accra and Kokrobite in Ghana, Lagos in Nigeria, London, Los Angeles, and New York City.

This really interesting album features some of the artist’s most personal work, he dives deeply into subjects like love, betrayal, loneliness, and family, which he expresses through three distinctive acts. 

The Evil Genius also boasts a remarkable lineup of guest features, with contributions from luminaries like Angelique Kidjo from Benin, Grammy-winning Soweto Gospel Choir from South Africa, Efya from Ghana, and Nigerian artists Tekno, Whoisakin and Joeboy. The album also had contributing producers like; Kel-P from Nigeria, Knucks from U.K, Michael Brun from Haiti, Andre Vibez from Nigeria, Yung Willis from Nigeria, and Nonso Amadi from Nigeria/Canada among others.

Recognizing a deficiency of meaningful collaboration between Africa’s rapidly growing pop music scene and the continent’s fine art creators, Mr. Eazi has selected 13 artists from eight different African countries to create a unique, physical art piece to represent each of the album’s 16 tracks, thereby adding the role of art curator and patron to his already impressive collection.

As part of the rollout, Mr Eazi has been inviting the public to experience the music alongside the art at multi-sensory exhibition listening experiences. The first two of these events were held in Accra, Ghana at Gallery 1957 and in the U.K. during the 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair at Somerset House in London from October 12-15. For the album’s cover art, Mr Eazi collaborated with the celebrated Nigerian stylist, designer, and photographer Daniel Obasi, known for his work with luminaries such as Beyoncé and Louis Vuitton.

Namibia, Zambia to Only Require ID Cards to Cross Borders Soon.

On Tuesday, 24th of October, Zambia celebrated its 59th independence anniversary, with a call to expedite economic development. The commemoration saw the presence of Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan and her Zambian counterpart, Hakainde Hichilema who commenced with a wreath-laying ceremony at the Freedom Statue in honor of those who sacrificed their lives during the struggle for independence.

During the commemoration of the Independence celebrations in Windhoek, Namibia’s Minister of Home Affairs, Immigration, Safety, and Security, Dr. Albert Kawana made an announcement stating that Namibia and Zambia will soon only require identification cards for citizens crossing their borders.

Dr. Kwana further stated that the two countries are working closely together to ensure that the use of passports is abolished. He informed the audience that Zambian citizens would be next to be allowed to enter Namibia using their identification cards. 

This year saw Namibia and Botswana become the first countries in Southern Africa to abolish the use of passports for travel between the two countries. The High Commissioner of Zambia to Namibia, Stephen Katuk, spotlighted the depth of the bilateral relations between Namibia and Zambia, which dated back to Namibia’s struggle for independence. 

In light of these bilateral relations, both countries recently agreed to allow convicted offenders from either country to serve the remainder of their sentences in their home countries.

Zambia’s independence was celebrated under the theme “Accelerating National Development Through Equitable Distribution of Resources.” while the Tanzanian President was giving an address, she said that the independence was not only meant to make the continent politically free but economically free as well. She said “When we talk about equitable distribution, we mean people to be at the center of development,”

She also added that Governments in Africa will continue to put policies in place to ensure that people are at the center of development, adding that the two countries are currently working on various programs to enhance people-to-people cooperation through trade.

Hichilema said that this year’s independence theme underscores the government’s determination to extend development to all corners of the nation. He reiterated the government’s dedication to promoting inclusive development and a just society, as these are the prerequisites for expediting economic growth and job creation.

While acknowledging the selfless efforts of the freedom fighters who secured political emancipation, Hichilema stressed that the current leadership must strive to achieve economic and social emancipation while ensuring the equitable distribution of resources.

The Zambian president also lauded the bilateral cooperation between Zambia and Tanzania, emphasizing its enduring importance to benefit both nations’ citizens.

Kenya to Remove Visa Requirements for all Africans.

As part of a push to promote trade and travel inside the continent, Kenyan President William Ruto has declared that other African people will no longer need a visa to enter Kenya as of next year.


Speaking during an international conference on climate change held in Congo Brazzaville, the president pin-pointed the need to eliminate visa restrictions among African countries, noting that these restrictions are counterproductive. “By the end of this year, no African will be required to have a visa to come to Kenya,” Kenya’s president, William Ruto said. 

High plane costs and expensive and time-consuming visa restrictions have long prevented African passport holders from traveling within their own continent; 32 of 54 African countries still need citizens of at least half of the continent’s nations to obtain a visa.


“Our children from this continent should not be locked in borders in Europe and also be locked in borders in Africa,” Ruto said.


Kenya will join the Gambia, Benin, and Seychelles as the fourth African nation to implement the policy of granting unfettered travel to its citizens. The first to do so in 2016 was Seychelles, an island nation in East Africa that is primarily dependent on tourism.


According to Ruto, removing obstacles is essential to making the African continental free trade area easier to execute. He declared, “It is time we realized how important it is to trade among ourselves and to allow people, ideas, goods, and services to travel freely across the continent.”


In recent years, the African Union has intensified its demands that additional African nations lower their travel restrictions. In order to grant Africans unlimited travel within the continent, it introduced the “AU passport” in 2016. Nonetheless, there has been a restricted distribution, and high-ranking officials and diplomats are the primary users of the passports.


Concerns about crime and security have slowed change in African nations. However, the 2022 Africa visa openness report states that the majority of nations have been streamlining entry requirements. Most African nations provide visa-free travel to at least five other nations, with additional freedom of movement within regional groups. Since 2016, the number of countries that grant e-visas has likewise increased by almost 100%.


President Ruto emphasized the negative effects of visa restrictions on travelers, companies, and entrepreneurs. Resolving this, he said, “As Kenya, by the end of this year, no African will be required to have a visa to come to Kenya.” The conference attendees enthusiastically applauded this announcement. “We all become net losers when people, businesspeople, and entrepreneurs are unable to travel,” Ruto stated.

Gambia: Capacity Building On Integrated Polio Surveillance.

The Gambia played host to a four-day capacity building on integrated polio surveillance in the African Region.

This event which took place at Bakadaji Hotel, sought to expose participants to new skills and approaches required in terms of surveillance towards totally eradicating polio virus on the continent.

Speaking to journalists, Dr. Ndoutabe Modjirom, coordinator of the WHO-led polio outbreaks Rapid Response Team for the African Region, explained that they are meeting in Banjul to train and strengthen the capacity of francophone when it comes to early detection of all polio cases in Africa region and to work towards implementing quick response to combat further spread of all types of polioviruses so that by 2024 the virus will be eradicated in the continent and beyond.

He thanked The Gambia government for hosting the meeting which he considered important, further expressing optimism that at the end of the form, delegates would be capacitated to be able to work towards combating the spread of the virus in the region.

For his part, Desta Tiruneh, World Health Organization representative, described the forum as one of several events organized across the African region, recalling that a similar one was convened about two weeks ago in Kigali, Rwanda for anglophone Africa, where delegates from The Gambia attended.

WHO rep reminded that the world is on the verge of eradicating polio completely, but that they are facing some challenges as there still exist two countries in Asia, where the virus is still endemic in poliovirus.

“But in addition to that we have what we call vaccine-derived polio viruses which are circulating on the continent. So, these trainings we are organizing across the continent, are meant to strengthen our surveillance system to detect any introduction of these polio virus in any country.”

These efforts, he added, are geared towards completely eradicating the virus on the continent and beyond, further expressing their resolve to wipe out the virus on the face of the earth.

He thus challenged participants to be ready to learn new skills and methods of surveillance in the region and make these surveillance systems up to standards so that no virus poses a threat.

“If we do that then we are ready to eradicate the polio virus completely. That is why we are bringing in so many countries here and this cost a lot of money and energy, but we believe it is necessary and without this, we cannot achieve polio eradication.”

Ghana, South Africa Strengthens Tourism Ties through Waiver Visa Agreement.

The recent announcement of a visa waiver agreement between Ghana and South Africa has sparked optimism for the expansion of tourism between the two nations, which will be advantageous to both. In recent years, aggressive destination marketing has received a lot of attention in both Ghana and South Africa.

The Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) and the Gauteng Tourism Authority of South Africa signed a ground-breaking Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in August 2022. Through the MoU, Ghana and its South African counterparts hope to improve and expand their business, travel, and investment ties.

Given that tourism is a significant source of income for both nations, the tourism authorities must capitalize on this by working together, sharing knowledge, and using what they have learned.

The agreement highlights areas of collaboration in a number of tourism-related sectors, such as cooperative destination marketing, utilizing MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, Exhibitions) markets, exchanging best practices in expert event organizing, and supporting SMMEs.

The deal which will set the country’s tourism industry on a new route was signed by the CEO of GTA, Akwasi Agyeman and Sthembiso Dlamini, CEO of Gauteng Tourism. Over 18,381 South African tourists visited Ghana in 2019 alone, a significant increase from previous years.

According to Agyeman, CEO of GTA, “Ghana is fast becoming the vacation destination for the world, most especially in December. With the record numbers trooping into the country, it is important to share knowledge with the continent and gain some more insights on how to manage the influx of tourists into Ghana”.

He further noted that they are positive the signed “agreement will go a long way to Africa and not only Ghana on the global map as the preferred destination travel”. This is the way to go because a large number of tourists also means a large number of jobs for our citizens.

In order to make it simple to travel and conduct business with one another, Ghana and South Africa frequently form agreements and implement regulations. Due to the visa waiver agreement, nationals of both nations are permitted to travel visa-free for a total of up to 90 days without the need for employment.

In a post on a social media platform, X, Ghana’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration made it known that this agreement will be effective from November 1st 2023.

Morocco, UAE Sign MoU to Enhance Cybersecurity Cooperation.

In a significant step towards enhancing cybersecurity cooperation and securing the digital space, the General Directorate of Information Systems Security Administration of the National Defence of the Kingdom of Morocco and the Cyber Security Council for the United Arab Emirates have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on October 19, 2023, at Dubai Gitex.

This landmark agreement represents a shared commitment to collaborate on cybersecurity initiatives to address the growing challenges and risks in the global cyberspace landscape. The MoU aims to create a broad framework for cooperation between Morocco and the UAE in cybersecurity. By doing so, both nations recognize the critical role cybersecurity plays in the success of their digital transformation efforts and overall economic and social growth. As technology continues to advance, the need for robust cybersecurity measures to counteract the growing threats has become paramount.

Under the wise leadership of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, Morocco has been engaged, since 2011, in the process of developing national capabilities for information systems security and enhancing digital trust. In line with the royal vision and directives, the Kingdom has enhanced cybersecurity by securing information systems, public departments, institutions, and vital infrastructure against cyberattacks.

The MoU establishes a joint committee that will be responsible for planning and overseeing the implementation of these cooperation activities, along with setting the timelines for these initiatives. This committee will meet annually, alternating between Morocco and the UAE, and as needed to address pressing cybersecurity issues.

The MoU highlights the commitment of Morocco and the UAE to establish a secure digital environment and leverage their collective expertise to enhance their respective cybersecurity capabilities. By fostering cooperation in these crucial areas, the two nations aim to contribute to the broader efforts to secure cyberspace regionally and globally.

This historic MoU marks the beginning of a new chapter in cybersecurity collaboration between Morocco and the UAE, serving as a model for international cooperation in the ever-evolving cybersecurity domain.

Ghana Celebrates as Ibom Air Begins Regional Flights.

Ibom Air, an airline under the ownership of Akwa Ibom State, has initiated the operation of regional flights connecting Lagos, Nigeria, to Accra, Ghana. This strategic move is a part of the airline’s overarching vision, which aims to establish itself as a leading African Regional Airline.
The key focus of this vision is to provide passengers with an unparalleled travel experience characterized by a commitment to punctuality, dependable scheduling, and exceptional service standards. By expanding its operations and emphasizing service excellence, Ibom Air seeks to solidify its position as a prominent player in the African aviation industry.


The flight left Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos, Nigeria, at 7:45 a.m. on Tuesday and received a warm welcome upon arrival at Kotoka International Airport in Accra, Ghana, at 7:45 a.m. local time.

Upon the airline’s arrival, Mrs. Pamela Djamson-Tettey, the Managing Director of Ghana Airports Company Limited, expressed her delight, stating, “We are thrilled to welcome Ibom Air to Kotoka International Airport in Accra, Ghana. We commend your choice to operate flights to Accra and are pleased to have you join us.

Mr. Kwame Baffour Awuah, representing the Managing Director, emphasized that the action reflects the trust placed in Ghana’s aviation sector. He extended congratulations to Ibom Air for choosing to collaborate with the nation in advancing aviation, highlighting that their presence will enhance travel connectivity between Ghana and Nigeria. As the operators and managers of Kotoka International Airport, they assured Ibom Air of their commitment to ensuring the success of the airline’s operations in Ghana.

Our commitment remains steadfast in delivering seamless facilities and services to guarantee efficient operations.

While applauding Ibom Air for its track record of on-time departure and excellent service delivery, she appealed to the airline to extend the same excellent customer service to passengers in the country.

Mr. George Uriesi, the Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of Ibom Air, expressed his excitement about the new route, stating, We are delighted to launch our regional operations today, starting with the inaugural flight between Lagos and Accra.

This marks a momentous milestone for Ibom Air as we broaden our reach beyond Nigeria and into Africa. Through this latest route, our goal is to strengthen the links between Nigeria and Ghana, facilitating tourism, trade, and stronger economic and cultural relationships. Ibom Air maintains its dedication to providing outstanding services to our customers, and we encourage travelers between Nigeria and Ghana to opt for Ibom Air and enjoy the top-notch service we offer.

The Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Mr. Charles Udoh, representing the Akwa Ibom State Government, emphasized that the first flight signifies a crucial moment in the history of Akwa Ibom, the birthplace of Ibom Air.

Mr. Charles Udoh highlighted that Akwa Ibom boasts a wealth of tourism, economic prosperity, and diverse culinary offerings. Ibom Air initially began as a visionary aspiration to establish an airline that would emerge as a key player in Nigeria. Our mission is to reshape the aviation industry. Other airlines ought to take notice.

He praised the management and employees of Ibom Air for their exceptional strategy in the aviation sector, leading the airline to achieve this significant milestone in under five years of operation.

World Travels Award 2023: Seychelles Clinches an Award.

Seychelles has yet again shone at the World Travel Awards 2023 claiming the Indian Ocean’s Leading Honeymoon and Cruise Destination awards.

Seychelles won the awards at the World Travel Awards Africa & Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony, held on October 15 and 16 at Atlantis The Royal, Dubai.

 According to a press release made by Tourism Seychelles, the marketing branch of the tourism department, winning the two awards reaffirms the island nation’s magnetic appeal to travelers in search of extraordinary and enduring experiences.

“Seychelles, renowned for its unspoiled beaches, verdant landscapes, and thriving marine ecosystems, has consistently garnered international favor among globetrotters. These prestigious accolades, conferred by the World Travel Awards, stand as a testimony to the nation’s unwavering commitment to tourism excellence and the heartfelt warmth of its hospitality,” said Tourism Seychelles.

The destination scooped two additional titles, both won by its national airline, Air Seychelles, namely the Indian Ocean’s Leading Airline – Economy Class 2023 and the Indian Ocean’s Leading Airline Brand 2023.

The island nation’s representative in the Middle East, Ahmed Fathallah, expressed his profound pride and gratitude for these latest achievements.

“We are elated to be the recipients of these prestigious awards and extend our heartfelt gratitude to the World Travel Awards and the numerous supporters who cast their votes in favor of Seychelles. These accolades signify the dedication and tireless efforts of the Seychellois people and the tourism industry at large. We remain committed to delivering exceptional experiences to all our visitors,” he said.

Bernadette Willemin, director general for destination marketing, said she is delighted to see Seychelles continuing to thrive as a destination.

“We are incredibly humbled by this award yet again. We have held the titles for a few years now and couldn’t be happier to reinforce our position as regional leaders. The accolade is a tribute to our country’s hard work, devotion, and enthusiasm. I am grateful to our hotel industry partners for their contributions to local companies, tour operators, and the community at large. Most importantly, we are deeply appreciative of the faith and support that our tourists have shown in our destination,” she added.

Crowned as the Indian Ocean’s Leading Honeymoon Destination underscores Seychelles’ irresistible allure to couples seeking an enchanting and romantic escape.

Tourism Seychelles said that the nation’s “splendid array of luxury resorts and intimate settings make it an idyllic haven for honeymooners looking to celebrate their love amid the natural beauty of the Indian Ocean.”

In its capacity as the “Indian Ocean’s Leading Cruise Destination,” Seychelles continues to captivate cruise lines and operators seeking to offer passengers an unforgettable exploration of these idyllic isles.

Inclusive Tourism in South Africa; Tourism Minister Signs MoU.

Tourism Minister Patricia de Lille has announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between her department and Airbnb to support the continued recovery of the tourism sector and build inclusive tourism in South Africa.

“The MoU will see the Department of Tourism work closely with Airbnb to advance tourism services that are aimed at growing tourism in South Africa and creating more jobs in the sector,” Minister De Lille said. The MoU seeks to grow collaboration between the government and the private sector, as it is “a collective responsibility to grow and enhance the tourism sector”.

“As a government, if we want to significantly grow tourism and its contribution to the economy and job creation, collaboration with the private sector is vital. We are delighted to be the first African Ministry of Tourism to sign a collaborative MoU with a successful global company such as Airbnb,” she said.

Airbnb is an American-based company operating an online marketplace for short- and long-term homestays and experiences.

Minister De Lille explained that by leveraging Airbnb’s global reach and understanding of the market, the collaboration seeks to create a positive impact on local communities, travelers, and the tourism industry as a whole.

“The primary goal of this collaboration is to develop a relationship between the Ministry, entity, and Airbnb to harness and drive tourism domestically and internationally.

As part of the MoU, the parties will have regular engagements to evaluate opportunities for strategic collaboration on driving inclusive tourism and ensuring fair and proportionate regulation of short-term rentals.

Velma Corcoran, Regional Lead: Middle East Africa at Airbnb, said they look forward to working with the Department of Tourism to help build a more inclusive and sustainable tourism economy in South Africa.

Corcoran said the Airbnb platform can help anyone, anywhere, to become a tourism entrepreneur, and that they hope to continue to break down systemic barriers to entry and enable more South Africans to participate in the sector.

“We welcome the opportunity to work with the department to develop a clear, proportionate national framework for the regulation of short-term rentals and see huge power in public and private sector collaborations. We also know from our work with the Airbnb Entrepreneurship Academy, that together, we can make a tangible difference and enable more people, in more places, to benefit from tourism,” said Corcoran.

The signing of the MoU is in line with the aims of the Tourism Sector Recovery Plan, which is key to the country’s Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan.

The Tourism Sector Recovery Plan (TSRP) was adopted by the Cabinet in March 2021 to facilitate the recovery of the sector to preserve jobs and livelihoods, facilitate new job opportunities, match demand and supply, and strengthen transformation.  


GIS Launches 7-Year Strategic Plan.

The Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) recently launched a seven-year strategic plan intended to change the face of migration in the country. The plan, which begins from 2023 to 2029, will provide a roadmap for the GIS to operate efficient, fair, and firm immigration work systems through digitalization.

The initiative, launched in Accra yesterday, was attended by government officials, the Ga Mantse, King Tackie Teiko Tsuru, heads of security agencies, members of the diplomatic corps, civil society organizations, and development partners, among others.

Development of the plan

The Comptroller-General of Immigration, Kwame Asuah Takyi, said since 2011, his outfit had been developing strategic plans to guide its operations and administrative activities.

With the expiration of the 2018–2022 plan, he said the service commenced the development of the new plan with technical assistance from the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) under a project called “Strengthening Border and Migration Management in Ghana” which was funded by the Denmark Government.

Mr. Takyi said the plan was developed through a participatory approach that involved officers at various levels across the GIS regional commands, departments, sections, and units, as well as stakeholders from the government, international organizations, development partners, and civil society representatives.

The process of formulating a new strategic plan, the Comptroller-General added, offered the service the opportunity to take stock of past successes and failures in line with best practices.

He, therefore, said the plan would help the service to position itself strategically in its operational environment by aligning effectively with the changes taking place in its environment.

Mr Asuah Takyi, however, called for more support for the successful implementation of the plan and said “The long-term survival of GIS depends on sound strategic decisions effectively implemented.

“We will, therefore, require all hands on deck to realize our vision”, he added.

The Minister for the Interior, Ambrose Dery, commended the GIS for the initiative and said the plan was well thought through because it clearly outlined strategies the service would adopt to realize its mandate.

He said he was aware of the extensive consultations in the development of the plan “so we can be assured that the concerns of all relevant stakeholders have been captured”.

Mr Dery, therefore, urged stakeholders in the migration management space to support activities outlined in the plan.

“As we continue our commitment to promote a humane and orderly management of migration, it is necessary for us to collectively maintain a well-coordinated multi-sectoral intervention to aid the process”.

Human rights

The project manager of ICMPD, Ghana, Lulia Jolley Socea, said: “At the center of migration are actual people, individual migrants affected by the work of border agencies such as the GIS which is why respect for human rights and integrity and gender-responsiveness are important themes in this strategic plan”.

Migration governance, she added, was not a one-agency job and, therefore, appealed for further support to implement the “ambitious plan”.

The Danish ambassador in Ghana, Tom Norring, said Denmark placed importance on migration, hence the reason for its continuous support of the GIS initiative. 

Trans-Kalahari Corridor Significant for Regional Growth.

Works and Transport Minister John Mutorwa said that the erection of the Trans Kalahari Corridor Secretariat offices in Windhoek aims to facilitate trade and propel the development agendas of Namibia, Botswana, and South Africa.

Mutorwa also stated that the transport corridor is extremely significant for the growth of the region, particularly when it comes to the movement of goods and people.

The Trans Kalahari Corridor (TKC) is a tripartite transboundary corridor management institution established with a political and economic vision to pursue or contribute towards deeper regional integration programs of SADC, SACU, and indeed NEPAD.

“In 2007, a hosting agreement was signed to give practical meaning to the establishment of a secretariat office here in Windhoek,” Mutorwa highlighted on Friday at the inauguration of the new offices.

On 3 November 2003, the transport ministers of Botswana, Namibia, and South Africa signed an agreement at the coastal town of Walvis Bay for the development and management of TKC.

In the preamble of the agreement, the three nations committed themselves to the ideals, objectives, and principles which include the common vision of new partnerships for Africa’s development to eradicate poverty and place those countries individually and collectively on a path of sustainable growth and development.

South Africa’s transport minister, Sindisiwe Chikunga said it is the collective interest and that of the region and the continent that this collaboration succeeds in providing invaluable lessons to address similar challenges in the region and elsewhere on the continent.

“Transport is the heartbeat of social development and economic growth. It enables access to infrastructure and amenities for our people and without efficient transport, our respective economies would stagnate,” she said.

Chikunga added that this is a partnership that must be built on as a stepping stone to giving practical expression to the African Continental Free Trade Area.

She said: “The transport sector, particularly the TKC, must lead the charge in dismantling the bottlenecks to the free movement of goods and people between our respective countries and the continent.”

Botswana’s transport minister and chairperson of the TKC, Eric Molale, said he hopes infrastructure development of this nature will not be an opportunity for illegal trade and other unwarranted activities on the continent.

“We have to make sure that the road is safe to use. We have a scourge of human trafficking; we don’t want this road to be associated with that. Another is a scourge of gender-based violence and we don’t want the corridor to be associated with that scourge,” Molale stressed.

The TKC is a road network spanning approximately 1900 kilometers across the territories of Botswana, Namibia, and South Africa. It starts in the Gauteng Province in South Africa and continues through Rustenburg and Zeerust in the North-West Province, through Lobatse and Kanye in Botswana, the Mamuno and Trans Kalahari Border Posts, through Gobabis, Windhoek and Okahandja right through to the Port of Walvis Bay.

“Naija to The World” Tour Confirmed.

Organizers of the event “Naija to the World” confirmed today, that ‘Naija To The World’, the innovative pro-Nigeria showcase kicking off with a premiere dedicated to the Niger Delta, will tour multiple cities and venues, over 12 months, in response to feedback on the original announcement for a New York City Apollo debut. 

This was confirmed in a statement today by Efe Omorogbe, CEO of BuckWyld Media. Omorogbe says the tour will span Nigeria, Europe, and the United States of America. A full list of programming is set to be released when the producers convene in New York City for a flag-off media launch on September 16, 2023.

 Naija To The World was created by Buckwyld Media and BHM as a platform to provide an alternative narrative to the stories out there about Nigeria and Nigerians as part of an ongoing initiative to help the world understand and engage better with the country responsible for two of the world’s leading creative industries – music and film. 

 And a Niger Delta debut, organizers say, helps pay tribute to a region mostly known for crude oil, militancy, and protests with most not aware of its tremendous contribution to arts and culture, music, film, and fashion for over 100 years. At least 50 percent of the current crop of leading talents and executives in Nigeria’s creative industry are from the region; with top names including Burna Boy, Rema, and Timaya.

 “We want to provide an inaugural event that not only celebrates the incredible talent emerging from the Niger Delta but also captures the essence of its unique stories and heritage,” Omorogbe adds.

Performances and exhibitions will not only showcase the rich cultural heritage and inspiring stories of the Niger Delta but will also take audiences on a transcendent journey that spotlights the region’s unique artistic brilliance.

We are thrilled to announce that ‘Naija To The World’ will embark on a 12-month journey, crisscrossing Nigeria, Europe, and America,” says Efe Omorogbe, Chief Executive Officer, Buckwyld Media Network (BMN), organizers of the event.

 “This extended tour allows us to offer a comprehensive exploration of the Niger Delta’s cultural tapestry to audiences worldwide. It is an opportunity to celebrate the incredible talent emerging from the region and share its unique stories and heritage,” Efe adds.

 The flag-off event, scheduled to take place in New York City, will serve as the inaugural moment of the tour. During this event, organizers will unveil the tour’s itinerary, innovative format, and thrilling surprises. It will be a vibrant celebration of the cultural richness of the Niger Delta and its profound influence on the world stage.

 Over 1,500 lucky fans will witness this historic series of events live, while an additional 10 million viewers worldwide will tune in through broadcast partners spanning North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa.


Afro Nation Announces its Debut in Nigeria.

Afro Nation, an annual three-day music festival produced by Live Nation, Event Horizon, Smade Entertainment, and Memories of Tomorrow is being hosted for the first time in Nigeria and the dates have officially been locked in. 

This event which was founded by Obi Asika, and Smade in association with BBC 1 Xtra in 2013 promises to be a two-day thrilling event set to take place from the 19th of December to the 20th of December 2023.

The location of the event is set to be in Lagos and it is gearing up to showcase an extraordinary lineup of top-tier artists and electrifying performances. 

This event being hosted in Nigeria is very significant as it marks the homecoming of the festival to the birthplace of Afrobeats. This Nigerian edition is poised to become the standout event of 2023 which will unite the diaspora in the heart of Afrobeats.

The thrilling announcement was divulged through the festival’s official social media channels, intensifying the anticipation and enthusiasm among music enthusiasts worldwide. 

Afro Nation Festival, which initially debuted four years ago in Portugal, has been on an expansive journey, including a highly successful U.S. debut in Miami this past May.

Co-founder of Afro Nation, Adesegun Adeosun Jnr, widely known as Smade, expressed his sentiments regarding the decision to bring the festival to Lagos, Nigeria. He remarked, “Nigeria is home to numerous international superstars who have propelled Afrobeats into a globally cherished genre. As someone who grew up in Lagos and later spent years promoting African music in London and beyond, this is a full-circle moment for me. Bringing the Afro Nation show back home to Lagos is a dream come true. We can’t wait to witness the grandest celebration of African music the world has ever seen!”

this event will draw many tourists and increase tourism activities in Nigeria, making an impact on the economy of the nation.

Ethiopia Government, World Bank Sign Corridor Project Agreement.

The Ethiopia Government and the World Bank recently signed a $730 million corridor project agreement, to improve a major route between Addis Ababa and Djibouti.

Ethiopia Ministry of Finance in a statement said the HoA Regional Economic Corridor Project (under Ethio-Djibouti) is trying to enhance the connectivity and logistics performance between the East African countries via the strategic Addis–Djibouti road corridor.

It elaborated that the project will finance the construction of 142 kilometers of road from Miesso to Dire Dawa, improving its quality and safety, reducing time spent traveling and costs, and increasing transport capacity and efficiency.

According to the statement, the route covers more than 90% of Ethiopia’s Maritime trade.

“The project will also support local communities along the road section area by constructing infrastructures to improve access to education, health, and water, as well as linking them to the main corridor by constructing secondary roads.

“The project is part of the HoA Initiative, a regional partnership platform that promotes integration among others, through infrastructure development, linking to one of the priority corridors identified under the Initiatives, Djibouti- Berbera corridor”, the Ministry said.

The Agreement was signed virtually between the Ethiopian Minister of Finance, Ahmed Shide, and the Regional Integration Director of the World Bank, Ms. Boutheina Guermazi.

Shide also expressed gratitude to the World Bank for its bold support and reiterated Ethiopia’s commitment to regional integration.

“As a current Chair of the HoA Initiative and Finance Minister, I strongly believe that infrastructure development is essential for achieving long-term growth and stability in our region”, said Shide.


South Sudan: International Airport Under Construction in Akon Village.

According to a local official and a company manager, a new international airport is being built in the Akon Village of Gogrial West County, Warrap State.

Akon is the home village of South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir Mayardit.

Gogrial West County Commissioner Victor Wek koordit told Radio Tamazuj over the weekend that the construction of the Akon International Airport is underway, saying Wunkoc Engineering Company, a South Sudanese company, is doing the work.

“The construction of the airport has started. Wunkoc Engineering Company has brought 120 trucks from Juba and has been bringing murram from Malek Alek in Aweil South county of Northern Bahr el Ghazal State,” he explained.

The local official said the new airport, if completed, will improve business and transportation in the greater Bahr el Ghazal region.

“The airport is important because it will provide services to people and improve business in the Bahr el Ghazal region and make air transport easier since people used to go to Kuajok, Aweil, and Wau for air transport,” Commissioner Wek said.

The commissioner, nevertheless, did not disclose the cost of the project. The bidding process and how the contract was awarded to the company remains unclear.

For his part, Malek Riing, the Director of Administration at Wunkoc Engineering Company, confirmed the construction of the new airport in Akon, saying the project will be completed within two years.

“Our work is going well and will take two years to finish. The contract was signed on February 15, 2023. We take murram from Malek Alek town because the community agreed that we take murram from them,” he said.

“We talked to the community of Malek Alek, and the company will build for them a hospital and a bridge because their current bridge used to cut them off from accessing markets,” he added.

The airport construction is the second development project in Akon after the tarmac road construction.

Last month, the residents of Akon were upbeat about witnessing the construction of the first asphalt road in the area and the entire state. The works are being done by African Resources Corporation LTD, which has been contracted by the national government to construct several interstate highways in South Sudan.

Uganda: National Carrier Launches Mobile App to Ease Ticketing.

In a bid to ensure travelers conveniently access the national carrier’s services, Uganda Airlines celebrates and marks the launch of the Uganda Airlines Mobile App on 15th August at the Sheraton Hotel in Uganda. 

The Launch was an important milestone in the airline’s drive to improve its service delivery, ensuring a convenient and user-friendly booking and ticketing process and an overall delightful buyer experience for its customers. It was attended by notable aviation enthusiasts, stakeholders, and the media. The event showcased the airline’s dedication to enhancing the passenger experience through modern technology.

Speaking at the launch, Jennifer Bamuturaki, CEO of Uganda Airlines said that the company is aware that guests rely heavily on their mobile phones for regular activities, including travel, and therefore it’s essential for the company to provide a high level of convenience to all travelers with this new app.

“With this app, we are taking a significant step towards enhancing the overall travel experience for our customers. This app reflects our commitment to providing convenience, simplicity, and efficiency and allowing travelers to seamlessly access our services at their fingertips. As we continue to grow and improve, our focus remains firmly on prioritizing the needs and preferences of our valued passengers,” she said.

Bamuturaki noted that consumers will able to effortlessly book a ticket on the app, pay for the ticket, check-in, and print the boarding pass with the launch of the app. “Normally, a customer would have to call a call center to book a ticket, but now you can interact with only Uganda Airlines and can select the flight and the time you want to fly”, she added.

The app is equipped with a range of features such as flight booking, real-time updates, check-in services, viewing personal flight details, and the ability to access digital boarding passes. Also, safety measures have been put in place as the app has a number of security features to safeguard passenger data, such as robust encryption and authentication measures.

According to Bamuturaki, the mobile app is a reflection of the airline’s dedication to modernizing travel and embracing technological advancements as it aligns with Uganda Airlines’ broader strategy to innovate and improve its services.

The information Technology Manager at Uganda Airlines, Don Mubiru said their top priority with the app is seamlessness and priority. 

The app is a one-stop store for customers as it provides all of Uganda Airlines’ flight information and customer service tools. It is available on iOS and Android smartphones. 

Uganda Airline to Commence Services to Lagos, Mumbai.

With three new routes set to begin service in October 2023, Uganda Airlines has a busy finish to the year. The long-delayed lines to Lagos and Mumbai as well as Riyadh via Jeddah will be launched back-to-back.

The three routes, combined with their tags, will take the carrier’s route tally to 16, and Guangzhou and London, which are still pending, are seen as critical to unlocking new destinations in Southern Africa whose launch had been put on hold. Talks have already commenced with Zambia and Zimbabwe for services to Lusaka and Harare.

Chief Executive Jenifer Bamuturaki, says Foreign Operators Permits (FOPs), have been secured from regulators in India, Nigeria, and Saudi Arabia. A technical team from Nigeria was in Uganda last week, for final assessments of Entebbe and Uganda Airlines readiness to launch the service.

The Nigerian FOP grants rights to Lagos and Abuja, with the understanding that Nigeria will enjoy reciprocal rights to Entebbe when Air Nigeria, their flag carrier in development, finally takes to the air.

For Uganda Airlines’ initial plans, the service to Lagos will be operated using the carrier’s A330-800s and was to be tagged to Accra but the latter destination has not gained traction.

The service to Nigeria will operate 3 times a week and will be launched in tandem with flights to Mumbai because the two destinations are tagged to exploit the opportunity for connecting traffic.

Earlier, Uganda Airlines expected to commence flights to Nigeria last July but was held back by slow regulatory processes. Those hurdles have now been cleared and it is all systems go. The airline has been flying teasers about the service to Mumbai for the past two months and all three destinations have been loaded into the reservations system although sales are yet to open. Guangzhou, which has also been in the plans for a while, is expected to be the last new service launch for the year, sometime during November.

We have everything we need to start. We have our offices already up and running in the three markets but we pushed the launch out to October because we thought we would be somewhat swamped given the time between completing all regulatory certifications and the initial launch dates,” Bamuturaki says.

Rise in Tourists Arrival in Tanzania.

TANZANIA has been ranked the second country in Africa for receiving a large number of tourists in the first quarter of this year (January to March).

According to the statistics unveiled by the Tanzania Tourist Board (TTB) for the period between January and March this year, Tanzania received 409,082 foreign tourists compared to 289,372 tourists received in a similar period last year.

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism and Natural Resources Dr Hassan Abbasi revealed that yesterday when briefing journalists about the 66th meeting of the UNWTO Regional Commission for Africa (CAF) held last week in Mauritius.

Dr. Abbasi said the success recorded in the country in the first quarter of this year was attributed to the Tanzania Royal Tour documentary featuring President Samia that aimed at marketing the country’s tourism sector.

“The United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) has named and recognized Tanzania as the second country in Africa for recording a large increase of tourists in the first quarter of this year (January to March), the first country is Ethiopia with Morocco taking the third slot,” Dr. Abbasi pointed out.

In particular, he said the organization also recognized Tanzania as the second country in Africa after Morocco in terms of attracting many foreign investment projects in the tourism sector.

He added: “The recorded success is attributed to the sixth phase of government commitment under President Samia to promote and develop the tourism industry in the country.”

The PS also highlighted another achievement acquired by the country from the 66th UNWTO meeting where Tanzania, for the first time in history, attained various positions in the UNWTO.

“For the first time since joining UNWTO, Tanzania has been able to occupy top positions in the organization through elections held in this meeting, including being elected to the post of Vice-President of the UNWTO General Meeting,” Dr Abbasi said.

Having Tanzania has been elected to the post, Dr. Abbasi said, Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism Mohamed Mchengerwa will represent Africa in the position of Vice-President at the General Assembly of the UNWTO.

He added that through this position, Tanzania will be able to market tourism attractions in various tourism platforms in the world through meetings and events organized by UNWTO.

Moreover, he said, the country has been also elected as a member of the UNWTO Executive Council, adding that through the acquired position, the Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism will represent the country in making decisions on how to develop the tourism sector in the United Nations World Tourism.

“As a member of the UNWTO Executive Council, Tanzania will use the opportunity to attract tourism development projects in the country and Africa in general,” PS added.

UNWTO was formed in 1974 with 160 full members and other associate members who bring together more than 500 tourism stakeholders in the world.

Tanzania attained full membership status in 1975, and since then it has been carrying out its duties and activities of the organization, including paying the annual membership fee, participating in meetings, and implementing guidelines and resolutions provided by UNWTO.

Egypt: Underwater Military Museum to be Established in Red Sea.

The local media reported that the Red Sea Governorate recently announced a new project to establish Egypt’s first underwater military museum by drowning 15 warships.

This project aims to establish the first museum in Egypt and Africa to combine three alternative diving sites in Hurghada, in cooperation with the Ministry of Environment and Red Sea Reserves and civil society organizations, after years of careful planning and preparation.

The locations of the sites are off the coast of the Red Sea Governorate, where the most crowded sites are located to relieve pressure on natural coral reefs and create new ones.

It aims to provide an unforgettable experience combining history and the natural beauty of the marine environment.

The general secretary of the Red Sea Governorate stated that military equipment consisting of 15 warships, each of which has a unique story and special importance, will be dumped in three locations – Sha`b al-Saqala, Uruq al-Tawil, and Erq Jame` in Magawish, which will create new diving sites in Hurghada.

This move is scheduled to be celebrated on Thursday in Hurghada’s tourist marina, in the presence of Environment Minister Yasmine Fouad and several Arab environment ministers from Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Djibouti, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen.

Uganda: Africa’s Tourism Industry On Rebound.

Following the COVID-19 pandemic crisis that left the tourism industry across the continent on the brink of collapse, the sector is said to be on the rebound, according to the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).

The latest UNWTO data shows international arrivals across Africa were back to 88% of pre-pandemic levels at the end of the first quarter of this year with North Africa performing particularly strongly. In this particular sub-region, arrivals were 4% higher than the pre-pandemic levels of 2019 in the same period.

At the global level, international tourism receipts reached US$1 billion in 2022, a 50% growth in real terms compared to 2021. Among African destinations with available data, Morocco and Mauritius notably exceeded their 2019 tourism receipts in the first quarter of 2023.

These findings were shared at a recent high-level meeting in Mauritius which was convened from July 26-28 by the UNWTO. The 66th regional meeting which was held under the theme: ‘Rethinking Tourism in Africa’ provided ministers and senior officials from the continent a platform to share knowledge, ideas, and good practices for building a resilient tourism sector.

The UNWTO welcomed delegations from 33 countries, including 22 tourism ministers, two deputy ministers, and four ambassadors to the meeting, the most important annual event for the region’s member states.

Zurab Pololikashvili, the Secretary General of the UNWTO told high-ranking officials that there is a need to rethink and re-align the sector’s role as a driver of development and opportunity across the continent.

“Our vision for African tourism is also one of strong governance, more education, and more and better jobs. To achieve it, we aim to promote innovation, advocate for Brand Africa, facilitate travel, and unlock growth through investment and public-private partnerships,” he said.

Pololikashvili said the UNWTO continues to lead tourism’s shift to greater sustainability, recognizing the impact of extreme weather events, including the potential for heat waves to cut off the lifeline the sector offers for destinations worldwide.

At the same meeting, Patricia Scotland, the Secretary General of the Commonwealth, a voluntary association of 56 independent but, mainly former British colonies, called for more collaboration than ever before, if a resilient tourism sector that works for people, prosperity, and the planet is to be harnessed. She highlighted the intricate vulnerability of the tourism industry and the collective action needed to address it.

The meeting in Mauritius comes at a time when the global tourism industry is on the path to recovery after suffering a crushing blow from the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2020 alone, the sector faced a severe setback with 1.1 billion fewer international tourist arrivals and the loss of over 100 million jobs worldwide.

“Despite a strong recovery in 2022, to almost two-thirds of pre-pandemic levels, the world today is tightly bound by a tangled knot of crises spanning global economic, environmental, and security systems, which pose series threats to the tourism sector,” Scotland told the delegates.

She also highlighted the disproportionate impact on small island developing states (SIDS), which are heavily reliant on tourism. In 2020, the SIDS experienced a 9% decline in their gross domestic product, significantly higher than the global average of 3.4%

Given that two-thirds of the world’s small island developing states are part of the Commonwealth, Scotland emphasized the fact that sustainable tourism is a priority for the Commonwealth. She stressed the urgency of addressing these challenges collectively, adding: “We need to leave this meeting with a plan to deliver an inclusive, sustainable, and resilient tourism sector. This is imperative for the economy of each country which depends on it in Africa and beyond.”

Describing the meeting as a pivotal opportunity, Scotland invited countries to work together on an array of innovative legal and financial solutions for the tourism sector. “We already have the knowledge, the ideas, the innovation, and the technology to develop and deliver these solutions… What we need is leadership and a shared commitment not to go alone, but to go together.”

Scotland said she has confidence in Commonwealth Africa’s ability to show that leadership and set the continent on a path of sustainable and resilient tourism industry.

In order to support this effort, she outlined how the Commonwealth’s work could assist countries in addressing tourism challenges through knowledge exchange, data-sharing, and capacity-building. In particular, Scotland spoke about the Commonwealth’s ‘Their Future, Our Action’ project, which has been enhancing the economic resilience of small states.

She highlighted two tools developed through this project which can support the efforts of African countries. The first tool, the ‘Common Pool Asset Structuring Strategy,’ consolidates individual finance applications into country-wide opportunities, while the second tool, the Political-Economic Resilience Index, provides credible data on the economic and vulnerability levels of small states, making inward investments more attractive.

This work, she added, was backed by the Commonwealth’s ongoing advocacy on the reform of global financing rules to make development and climate finance more accessible to small states, enabling them to invest more in sustainable development, climate action, and tourism resilience.

Maintenance: Ubari Airport to Reopen Soon.

Libya’s Airports Authority reported in April the progress of the work on the maintenance of the Ubari Airport Runway. 

In that April, the implementation of the works of the first layer that connects the entire runway and the connecting corridor had been completed. Preparations were already underway for paving the second layer.

Recently, The Director of the Media Office at the Tripoli-based Libyan government’s Ministry of Transport, Siraj Al-Hamal, said that the maintenance project for the main runway, the taxiway, and the aircraft apron at Ubari airport (southwest Libya) is close to completion, as its technical completion rate reached 94 percent, which included asphalt paving works for the entire runway.

Currently, he added, it is being painted with special paint for the airstrips, and the ground lighting for the runway will be maintained later, along with the maintenance of the lighting of the spaces, so that the airport returns to work as soon as possible to facilitate the movement of citizens to and from the rest of Libyan cities.

The Director of the Media Office, Al-Hamal also pointed out that the Ministry of Transport, through the Airports Authority, imposed on the company carrying out the maintenance to implement international standards in the maintenance of the runway, using reinforcements in the maintenance of airports runways in the southern region, which gives them a longer life with resistance to weather factors and prevents the occurrence of cracks.

Al-Hamal stressed that the maintenance of several service facilities inside the airport had been completed, including the administrative building and a security fence around the airport. There is also the provision of equipment and devices for inspection and metal detection by the requirements of security and safety of civil aviation imposed by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

Regarding the opening date of the airport to receive flights, Al-Hamal affirmed that preparations for the resumption of domestic flights to and from Ubari Airport will take place ‘‘in the coming weeks’’.

The Ubari airport maintenance project is part of the Libyan Airports Authority’s overall plan to maintain and upgrade airports across the country. This will facilitate passenger travel and commerce.


South Africa Sees Huge Leap in Tourism Sector.

After COVID-19, South Africa’s tourism industry has continued to rebound strongly, with more than 4 million visitors arriving during the first half of 2023. Compared to the 2.3 million tourists that arrived between January and June of 2022, this is a huge rise.

When compared to the same time in 2022, the total number of tourists arriving in South Africa between January and June 2023 increased by 78.2%.

According to the Minister of Tourism, Patricia de Lille, “There has also been a substantial increase across all regions in the same period. Although the current growth demonstrates signs of recovery, we are still operating at 80% of our pre-pandemic capacity. She continued saying that South Africa in 2019 welcomed more than 5 million tourists between January and June”.

According to De Lille, the majority of foreign visitors to the nation continue to come from the African continent. She said, “We are thrilled with the number of travelers from the rest of Africa that our nation continues to welcome. This is evidence of the marketing strategies we have used to draw guests from this area.”

Adding that, “Africa continues to be a significant source market for us, and the tourism industry is committed to working together to ensure that we welcome tourists from this area and that we meet their wants and preferences.”

De Lille also disclosed that South Africa has received more tourists beyond the African continent and the increasing figures exhibit South Africa’s charm and attractiveness as well as the work put into marketing South Africa as a tourist destination of choice. 

She attributed the robust increase, particularly from Australasia and Asia to the global trend towards post-pandemic travel recovery. “We are growing stronger each day and we are determined to pass pre-COVID-19 arrival numbers. South Africa is open for tourism, and we are ready to welcome more tourists from across Africa and the globe to experience our diverse cultures and heritage,” she noted.

The minister appreciated travelers who chose to explore the country and contribution to the tourism sector’s growth and the country’s economy. She appraised the support of both domestic and international travelers which has played a pivotal role in revitalizing the tourism sector.

She also expressed her gratitude to the nation’s private tourism industry for all of its efforts to expand its tourism offerings, market South Africa as a must-visit location, and provide outstanding hospitality to foreign tourists.

South Africa was recently named the “Best Country” by Telegraph Travel readers in the UK, and Cape Town won the coveted award of “Best City in the World”.


Zanzibar Considers Direct Flight to Saudi Arabia.

The Saudi Arabian government has been asked by Zanzibar to take into account starting direct flights from Riyadh to the Isles.

A direct flight from the nation to Zanzibar will be a significant chance to increase trade and fortify relationships, according to Zanzibar State Minister, Office of the President (Constitution, Legal Affairs, Public Service and Good Governance), Mr. Haroun Ali Suleiman.

Mr. Suleiman explained this when he welcomed the Acting Saudi Arabian ambassador to Tanzania, Mr. Fahad Al Harb, who paid him a visit at his office in Mazizini. He further noted that the move will also ease transporting pilgrims to and from Mecca. 

During the meeting which focused on developing cooperation between the two countries, Mr. Suleiman pointed out that Saudi Arabia Airlines’ direct flight is much needed, especially, during pilgrimages to ease transportation to people wishing to perform the holy journey. 

He said, “We can prepare in advance effective strategies for the transportation of pilgrims and other citizens. This will to a greater extent help to minimize the inconvenience of travelers from Tanzania to Mecca.”

According to the Minister, most of the Tanzanian pilgrims going to Mecca are from Zanzibar, in which this year a total of 2,500 pilgrims out of more than 3,000 who traveled were from Zanzibar, necessitating a direct flight. 

“Normally, when pilgrims and citizens book to Saudi Arabia they have to go to Dar es Salaam. It is a necessity that we have a direct flight from Saudi Arabia to Zanzibar. This will make it easier for our travelers to end connecting multiple flights through Qatar-Doha to Oman-Muscat and other places,” he added. 

He revealed that the request has already been submitted to the respective ministry of the Saudi Arabia government as they look forward to a positive response. 

Sheikh Fahad Al Harb, the acting Saudi Arabian ambassador to Tanzania, stated that the Saudi government will continue to work with Zanzibar to promote many fields such as health and education. The representative declared, “We will keep working together for the benefit of citizens of Saudi Arabia and Zanzibar.”

In a similar development, Amb. Al Harb gave the Zanzibar government more than a thousand dates to give to disadvantaged populations.


RwandAir to Launch Daily Flights to London.

On October 29 of this year, RwandAir will begin operating daily flights between Kigali and London Heathrow. This comes after it upped the frequency on the same route to four times a week a few months earlier.  

RwandAir CEO Yvonne Makolo said in a statement that “Having first launched flights to the British capital in 2017, we have continued to build our presence following strong demand from customers here in the UK and Africa.

“We know these new daily direct flights will offer customers the convenience and connectivity which they have long asked for, and we look forward to welcoming more visitors to Rwanda.” 

The airline began operating flights from London Gatwick on May 26, 2017, and has been operating flights between London and Kigali via an indirect service via Brussels since then.

RwandAir made the decision to relocate its flights to London Heathrow in 2020, which will enhance connectivity for tourists coming from farther away.

Over the past two years, RwandAir has dramatically increased the scope of its operations. Most recently, to capitalize on the summer travel season, direct flights between Paris and Kigali were introduced.

The airline is benefiting from the strong recovery of Rwanda’s tourism and MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Exhibitions/Events) sector which earned the country $ 62.4 million in 2022 from hosting 104 events, up from $12.5 million in 2021. 

This year, the country continues to host global events -with the most recent happening this week – the Women Deliver 2023 Conference (WD2023) attended by at least 6000 delegates. 

The country is also set to host the World Travel and Tourism Council Global Summit in November 2023. It will also host the inaugural TIME100 Summit and Impact Awards Africa which recognize the most influential people in the world on 17 November. 

Meanwhile, RwandAir is backing closing its partnership deal with Qatar Airways which is set to acquire a 49 percent stake in the airline to expand its capacity. 

Qatar Airways’ planned investment is valued at least $28 million, according to financial statements submitted to the US Department of Transportation in 2021.

On October 5, 2021, RwandAir and Qatar Airways announced they had signed a comprehensive codeshare agreement that gives the Rwandan carrier access to Qatar’s more than 65 destinations across Africa and the rest of the world.

As part of the deal, RwandAir launched non-stop flights between its Kigali hub and Doha in December. 


Kenya Makes World’s Top Travel Destinations List.

According to The Telegraph Travel Awards, Kenya has reclaimed its place among British citizens’ top vacation spots. Kenya was ranked seventh in the yearly study among other countries with beautiful landscapes and top national parks.

Kenya’s standing, however, has changed drastically during the last ten years. Kenya plummeted from ninth place in 2014 to a weak 22 in 2019. Terror attacks in Nairobi between 2013 and 2019 had a significant impact on this deranking process since they caused tourists to stop flying in for vacations.

Kenya returned to its renowned position in 2023, surpassing nations like South Africa and Botswana. The poll results may enhance Kenya’s reputation as a travel destination.

The Maasai Mara came in first place as one of the most popular places according to a number of criteria considered by The Telegraph to determine the ranking. Maasai Mara has earned a reputation as one of the best travel destinations in the world thanks to its profusion of wildlife and welcoming locals. 

British citizens expressed a strong interest in vacations centered on wildlife, which resulted in many votes for the location. Large quantities of wildebeest were migrating from the southern Serengeti to the Maasai Mara.

Kenya’s ranking was also improved by its coastline along the Indian Ocean. Sandy beaches and first-rate beach resorts served as a powerful draw for tourists from the UK.

The British have also been forced to travel to Kenya for the holidays due to the direct flights from London to Nairobi. The book Revealed: The World’s Most Beloved Country from the Telegraph Travel Awards offers insightful information about UK travelers’ choices. 

British citizens have the opportunity to vote for their top vacation spots in any region of the world as part of an annual survey. The categories used to determine the findings are diverse and include anything from airlines and cruise lines to hotel chains and ski resorts.

“Seven Reasons to Vacation in Egypt”, Daily Mail Emphasize.

In a photo report listing seven reasons to vacation in Egypt, the Daily Mail highlighted Egypt’s most prominent tourist attractions. The report painted a picture of Egypt as a “time machine” where visitors travel forwards and backward through the tourist and archaeological sites across thousands of years. The writer said, “One moment, I was gazing in awe at the oldest pyramid in the world, built 4,600 years ago, while the next, I was immersed in the very modern roar of Cairo’s insane traffic, where horns are switched permanently to ‘on’ and road markings are redundant.”

The reporter also noted that Egypt is a vibrant tourist destination with sunny weather all year round. The author of the report, Sarah Bridge, referred to her visit to the Great Pyramid and her tour of the vibrant city of Cairo. She also recounted her visit to the royal mummies at the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization, expressing her admiration for the magnificence of her tour to Egypt, which has been one of her wishes for years.

The Pyramids are among the main reasons to choose Egypt for spending a holiday, and it is impossible to visit Egypt without seeing a pyramid or two, she wrote.

The Great Pyramid of Giza is the only one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world that remains, Bridge said and noted the monuments of Abu Sir and Saqqara with its huge archaeological group of tombs, pyramids, and temples.

The writer discussed the Nile River, which she dreamed of visiting, and the many large islands in it. The author added that she took a cruise at night along the Nile River, giving her a unique view of the landmarks on the river’s banks, including international hotels full of vitality, shops, and cafes.

The Cairo Tower is designed in the shape of a lotus flower, she observed, making it yet another tourist attraction in vibrant Cairo. The author also talked about her visit to the city of Luxor, where she boarded a boat to tour the Nile River throughout the day, which she called a wonderful experience as she watched the flying air balloons in the early morning rise over the Valley of the Kings.

She touched on the nation’s museums, which are rich in artifacts reflecting its heritage. This includes the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization, which is the first museum in the Arab world to focus entirely on one civilization from prehistoric times to the present time.

The most prominent feature of the museum is the royal mummies, she said, which were transferred from the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir Square in a majestic procession.

She also mentioned that the Grand Egyptian Museum is scheduled to open soon, and will contain a large number of artifacts, including the complete collection of King Tutankhamun’s treasures.

The writer discussed the ancient tombs, calling Luxor vital to learning about the riches of ancient Egypt, especially at the Valley of the Kings, the Valley of the Queens, and other temples in Luxor. She also discussed her visit to the Red Sea, referring to the luxury resorts in the cities of Sharm el-Sheikh, Dahab, and Hurghada, which attract tens of thousands of tourists every year to enjoy the sun, clear waters, luxury hotels, marine activities, bazaars, and restaurants.


Government Doubles Budget for Uganda Tourism.

For the advancement of tourism in Uganda, the Ugandan government has doubled the budget for tourism.

Some of the challenges faced in the aspect of tourism in Uganda are the inability to access the tourist destinations due to insufficient, damaged, or inaccessible roads, and poor facilities around the tourist attractions. The doubled tourism budget will fix some of these challenges.


The increase in budget was announced by the Ministry of Finance, planning, and economic development budget for 2023-2024. According to the Ministry, the tourism sector has been given more funding to improve the tourist attractions in Uganda, and their marketing strategies such as the roads, facilities, and advertising.


According to reliable sources like CNN, Uganda ranks top 10 countries with fascinating tourist attractions. However, as a country, its yet to be classified as a top tourist destination due to the much-needed effort for improvement in the sector.


Advice was sought from some Ugandan Tourism consultants and according to them, some of the major challenges that have caused this unattractive direction for the tourism industry are the inability to access the tourism destinations due to bad, damaged, or inaccessible roads, poor facilities around the tourist attractions and so on but all these can be changed with the doubled budget for the tourism industry.

They, however, encouraged the government to promote laws and actively prohibit activities threatening the sustainable development of fascinating tourist attractions like national parks, lakes, and beautiful forests home to wildlife.


They reiterated how they appreciated the resources offered by the government in the form of financial aid and how it will be of great help.

Tourism: Savior of Tunisia Economy.

Tunisia is set for a strong tourist season with visitor numbers nearing pre-pandemic levels, a government official told Reuters, this is a welcomed development to boost the finances of the state.

Tourism typically accounted for around 7 percent of Tunisia’s gross domestic product but visitor numbers collapsed during the COVID pandemic, and this put an extra strain on the economy.

However, authorities now expect about 8.5 million tourists this year, 90 percent of the 9.4 million in 2019, the last year before the pandemic, and a big jump from the 6.4 million last year, Tourism Ministry official Lotfi Mani said.

“Indications suggest a good season, with an increase in the number of reservations,” he said. Tourism revenue to the end of May was about 1.7 billion dinars ($550 million), a 57 percent increase from the same period last year.

The tourism season will slightly help alleviate Tunisia’s public finances decline. This decline has led to shortages of some foods and medicine, they are looking into their outputs to strengthen the overall economy of the state.

Foreign currency reserves have fallen to 91 days of exports from 123 days a year ago and credit ratings agency Fitch has graded Tunisian sovereign debt as junk, signaling market fears it may default on foreign loans.

Donors are waging a last-ditch effort to persuade President Kais Saied to agree terms with the International Monetary Fund for a bailout, but it is far from clear if any agreement can be reached.

Though Tunisia has a wealth of historic heritage from ancient civilizations, Berber tribes, Islamic dynasties, and Mediterranean naval powers, tourism there is mostly focused on beach resorts and short-stop cruise ships.

“It’s a very beautiful place,” said Polish tourist Anna Glan in the whitewashed village of Sidi Bou Said overlooking the glittering blue bay of Tunis.

For the village’s many businesses that cater to tourists, their return is good news, even if Tunisia’s overall economic outlook is increasingly bleak.

“We’re eagerly awaiting a good tourism season and we’re very optimistic because the signs are positive,” said Tawfik el-Hakil, frying traditional donuts for visitors in Sidi Bou Said. “Tour ships are coming and hotel reservations are full.”


Rwanda Promotes Tourism Offerings at Dubai Expo.

Rwanda showcased its tourism offering at the largest travel and tourism gathering, Arabian Travel Market (ATM) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It is the largest in the Middle East and gathered over 2,000 exhibitors and representatives from more than 150 countries across the world.

Rwanda participated in the Arabian Travel Market in a bid to promote tourism; its tourist attractions and to position itself as a top tourist destination. The country’s delegation included officials from the Rwanda Development Board, Rwanda’s Embassy and Consulate in the UAE, RwandAir, and 10 tour operators and hoteliers.

Primate Safaris, Gorilla Expedition Safaris, Pure Africa Tours, Simba Voyages Ltd, Jambo Travel and Tours Limited, Gerry Tours Safaris, UberLuxe Safaris, G-Step Tours, Luxury Africa Tours, and Akagera Rhino Lodge were the tour operators and hoteliers present at the event.

The Rwandan delegation also organized a trade networking session with travel and tour agents along the margins of the market.

Tourism Promotion Manager at Rwabda Development Board, Linda Mutesi expressed her excitement about Rwanda’s participation in the Arabian Travel Market. 

“We believe that Rwanda has a lot to offer to tourists, and we are committed to promoting our country as a top tourist destination. This platform provides Rwanda’s tour operators and travel agents an opportunity to connect with their international colleagues and foster new business relationships,” she said.

Rwanda also promoted its ‘Visit Rwanda’ campaign at the Arabian Travel Market and encourage more tourists to visit the country. The initiative was launched in 2018 to promote Rwanda as a top tourist destination in Africa and showcase the country’s unique attractions and experiences has proven successful in attracting visitors.

In addition, the country promoted its ‘Invest in Rwanda’ campaign which is aimed at attracting foreign investment to the country’s growing tourism industry.

The campaign focuses on  Rwanda’s business-friendly environment, strategic location, and competitive incentives for investors. This is demonstrated by figures released by the Rwanda Development Board, which indicate that the country registered investments worth $3.7 billion in 2021, up from $1.3 billion in 2020, as these investments were driven by strategic investment projects.

Under the National Strategy of Transformation (NST1), which outlines Rwanda’s plans for economic development from 2017 to 2024, the government aims to double tourism income from $400 million to $800 million. By 2019, Rwanda had already hit the $500 million mark, demonstrating that the country is on the right track to achieving its goals.


Air Seychelles, Qatar Airways Sign Codeshare Agreement.

Air Seychelles has stated that the airline has struck a codeshare deal with Qatar Airways, although no other details were disclosed. 


Qatar Airways has established a codeshare arrangement with Air Seychelles, the national airline of the archipelago of Seychelles in the western Indian Ocean, according to a Gulf Times piece from Monday.


Through the new codeshare arrangement, Qatar Airways will display its code on Air Seychelles-operated flights between Mahe, the major island, and Praslin, the second-most populous island. This will allow travelers to use a single booking to continue their journey.


According to the publication, this cooperation will enable smooth travel between both networks’ users and one of the world’s most exotic and distinctive locations.


The Air Seychelles acting chief executive, Captain Sandy Benoiton, said: “This new partnership will provide passengers with new connection opportunities and access to unique destinations from both networks,” said the article.


As a result of the arrangement, passengers flying with Qatar Airways from more than 160 international locations would be able to connect to Seychelles via Doha’s International Airport.


According to the Gulf Times, in a press release from the airline, Qatar Airways group chief executive, Akbar Al Baker, said, “Our strategy of facilitating connectivity to African markets through partnerships is in line with this enhanced cooperation with Air Seychelles. Our two airlines are pleased to work together to benefit passengers with more travel choices and to support the tourism industry in Seychelles.”


The agreement was reached when Qatar Airways and Antony Derjacques, the transport minister for the Seychelles, signed a cooperation pact the previous year. During the 41st International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Assembly, which took place in Montreal from September 27 to October 7, the agreement was signed. 


Derjacques claimed that the agreement with Qatar “will enhance cooperation between the two countries, especially where it concerns technical and training for civil aviation staff.” 

RwandAir, Qatar Airways Launches New African Cargo Hub.

  • The new cargo hub will boost exports and imports around Africa.

  • Kigali cargo hub will create a strong foundation to expand a future-oriented African air cargo network.

Through a partnership with Qatar Airways Cargo, RwandAir has launched the Kigali Cargo Hub, a new major African cargo hub. It is part of a long-term strategic plan for the cargo division of RwandAir, which has seen cargo carry rise by almost 26% in the last five years.

The official launch of the new cargo facility was marked with the arrival of a Qatar Airways Cargo Boeing 777x freighter at the airline’s home hub in Kigali. The initiative will boost exports and imports around Africa and strengthens links with key overseas markets, developing Kigali into a regional cargo powerhouse. 

The airline’s geographic location at the heart of Africa has given it a unique position to reach every part of Africa, providing seamless connectivity, promoting trade, and strengthening its relations with countries both in the continent and around the world.

Cargo operations have been an integral component of RwandAir, it has grown in conjunction with the airline. The pandemic also created an importance of cargo, particularly for the airline. RwandAir will continue to offer customers reliable, high-quality cargo services across Africa due to the launch of the new cargo hub. 

Those who were present to witness the aircraft land include the CEO of RwandAir, Yvonne Makolo, Qatar Airways Cargo’s Chief Officer, Guillaume Halleux, along with local dignitaries, freight forwarders, partners, and customers. “We are very proud to partner with Qatar Airways Cargo to launch today the brand-new Kigali Cargo Hub, which will open up new cargo opportunities across Africa”, Yvonne Makolo remarked.

She added that “Africa is home to a hugely diverse economy, with businesses and entrepreneurs looking for better connections to create new markets and expand inward investment, noting that together have created a fantastic new facility to meet this growing demand across Africa”.

With the launch of the new cargo hub, new freighter services to RwandAir’s key destinations across Africa and the Middle East have been facilitated and supported by the entry into service of its dedicated freighter aircraft – a Boeing 737 and 800. These destinations include Johannesburg, Lagos, Lusaka, Brazzaville, Harare, Maputo, Entebbe, Nairobi, and Sharjah in the UAE.

According to Qatar Airways Cargo’s Chief Officer, Guillaume Halleux, Africa is one of the world’s fastest-growing economies, however, it needs investment in logistics and infrastructures to attain its full potential. He noted that with the long bilateral trade relationship between both countries, it was a logical step for Qatar Airways Cargo to support RwandAir’s cargo ambitions.

Halleux added that through the Kigali hub, customers will benefits from both a reliable intra-African network which will enhance service levels and cost synergies. He also appreciated Bollore who supported in developing Kigali International Airport as Qatar Airways Cargos’s African hub.

RwandAir’s recent announcement of the launch of direct flights to Paris in June and the arrival of its wide-body aircraft – Airbus A330-200 will ensure that Rwanda has greater cargo connectivity not just regionally but internationally across Europe, the Middle East, China, and beyond.

The Qatar Airways Boeing 777x will fly twice a week from Doha to Kigali with a scheduled onward service to Entebbe, Nairobi, and Liege afterward back to Doha via Oslo/Lyon. More destinations in Africa will be added to the joint airline network at a later stage.

The cargo hub will also create a strong foundation on which to expand a future-oriented African air cargo network and meet the 3-5% annual economic growth forecast for the continent over the next decade.

Seychelles Plans to Localize Posts in Tourism Industry.

  • Localization of posts was one of the topics raised during the meeting.
  • The ministry wants more of Seychellois in the tourism sector and also organizes training for students in the country’s tourism academy.

During a meeting between the Department of Tourism and hotel general managers on Thursday, one of the topics discussed was the localizations of positions in the Seychelles’ tourism industry, as well as the workforce and training.

The tourism sector in Seychelles is the top pillar of the country’s economy and over the years, many issues have been raised on the high level of expatriate workers in the industry. 

The meeting was chaired by Seychelles’ Tourism Minister Sylvester Radegonde, who said that localization of positions is essential “as we not only need more Seychellois in hotels but we want to keep them there”.

Radegonde butress that “the difference between this meeting and the others held with the owners of smaller establishment is that while the smaller establishments are mainly owned by Seychellois, the general managers here today were mainly non-Seychellois”, and noted that the discussion is pivotal as they are the ones who employ many workers in the industry.

Other topics discussed were staff training and motivation, as general managers who have international experience will be sharing their expertise with students from the Seychelles Tourism Academy. Also the mentorship programme was discussed and the hotel manager of DoubleTree by Hilton Allamanda Resort and Spa, Doreen De Letourdie said as a mentor herself she is setting her objectives together with the mentees. 

The meeting is a component of the minister’s plan to routinely visit tourist attractions with the goal of enhancing existing tourism goods and introducing fresh ones. Radegonde also added that there are plans to have additional meetings during the year, where “those attending will evaluate the progress made over the last three months”.

Ethiopian Airlines, Seychelles Sign Agreement.

  • Kassahun Terefa met with Sherin Francis and the director general for destination marketing last week.
  • The importance of making Seychelles more accessible to potential visitors worldwide was highlighted. 
  • The agreement was signed, effective immediately for twelve months, after which it will be reviewed.

Kassahun Terefa met with Sherin Francis and the director general for destination marketing last week.

The new local head of the airlines, Kassahun Terefa, met with Seychelles’ principal secretary for tourism, Sherin Francis, and the director general for destination marketing, Bernadette Willemin last week.

A recent visit made by Francis Francis and Willemin to the airline’s headquarters in Addis Ababa in March to discuss areas of cooperation and the signing of a potential memorandum of understanding preceded this meeting. During the meeting, Francis stressed the importance of the two parties joining forces to make Seychelles visible and enhance sales for the airline that began its flight to the island nation in 2013. Ethiopian Airlines is currently making daily flights to Seychelles. 

“We have had several successful collaborations with Ethiopian Airlines, and they have proven to be extremely reliable and service-oriented. Ethiopia is an important hub with excellent connections, and we look forward to expanding our relationship with the airline,” said Francis.  

The importance of making Seychelles more accessible to potential visitors worldwide was highlighted. 

Willemin also expressed her satisfaction with the visit while highlighting the importance of making Seychelles more accessible to potential visitors worldwide. “This meeting cements what was discussed in Addis. We are now signing an MOU with Ethiopian Airlines to advance to the next level,” she said.

On Terefa’s part, he expressed his dedication to promoting Seychelles as a critical market for their network. He said: “We are pleased to cooperate with our local partners and continue to promote Seychelles.”

The agreement was signed, effective immediately for twelve months, after which it will be reviewed.


The agreement was signed at the STA at La Misère on Monday by the academy’s principal Flavien Joubert and Meseret Tekalign, the area manager of Ethiopian Airline in Seychelles.


The Minister for Tourism and Culture Alain St Ange was present to witness the signing, as principal secretary for tourism Anne Lafortune, STA managerial staff members, and the airline’s partners, among other guests.

Ethiopian Airlines will provide Seychelles Tourism Academy with a discounted fare on airline tickets and will be provided with an incentive scheme as per provisions. Ethiopian Airline is willing to provide a discounted fare and other privileges to the STA on terms and conditions outlined in the agreement, while STA has agreed to use Ethiopian Airlines for its passenger transportation services.

The agreement is effective immediately for twelve months, after which the MoU will be reviewed.


Ethiopian Airlines is anticipating a second daily flight to Seychelles to boost the island nation’s visibility as a destination, Tourism Seychelles – the marketing arm of the Department of Tourism – said on Tuesday.

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Zimbabwe: Air Flight Numbers Leaps as Tourism Recovers.

  • Zimbabwe recorded an increase of 52.3 percent in both domestic and international flights in 2022.

The Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency (ZIMSTAT) stated on Monday that Zimbabwe recorded an increase of 52.3 percent in the number of both domestic and international flights in 2022 compared to the previous year, saying that the tourism sector continues to recover from the COVID-19 outbreak.

Between 2018 and 2022, ZIMSTAT transport stats reported that the number of flights increased to 50,640, up from 33,245 flights registered in 2021. The national agency said, “For the period 2018 to 2022, the year 2020 recorded the lowest number of both domestic (8,013) and international flights (9,005)”.

ZIMSTAT also noted that the number of air transport passengers recovered in 2021 after consistently declining from 2018 to 2020, with the country’s main airport, Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport in Harare the country’s capital recording a 97.3 percent increase in air passengers in 2022 compared to 2021.

The country’s second-largest airport Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo International Airport in the city of Bulawayo recorded an increase of 82.6 percent in the number of passengers in 2022 compared to the previous year.

According to the national agency, international air passengers accounted for more than 80 percent of the total travelers during the period 2018 to 2022.

RwandAir to Launch Flights to the ‘City of Light’.

  • RwandAir will begin direct flights to Paris in June 2023, with three times operations in a week.

  • The airline’s new flights will connect the continents of Africa and Europe through its main hub in Kigali.

Rwanda’s national flag carrier, RwandAir has announced the launching of a direct flight to Paris on June 27th, 2023 as customers will be able to fly with RwandAir on the only direct service between Rwanda and France. The airline will expand its network by adding a 25th destination, accelerating its rapid expansion plan.

The flight will provide customers convenient access to one of Europe’s most fashionable and exciting cities and link France with Kigali, in the heart of Africa. According to a statement from the airline, the new flights will operate three times per week.

RwandAir CEO, Yvonne Makolo said the launch of our first-ever flights to Paris is an exciting development in RwandAir’s continuing expansion and a testament to the importance of French-Rwandan relations”. 

According to the statement “Flight WB700 departs Kigali each Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday at 12:30 am, arriving at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport at 9:30 am the same morning. The returning flight WB701 leaves Paris at 9:30 pm each Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, arriving at RwandAir’s home hub at 6:00 am the following morning”.

Makolo explained that with this new direct route to Paris, one of the world’s top tourist attractions, RwandAir connects the continents of Africa and Europe through its main hub in Kigali. “France is a major market for RwandAir”, she said, noting that French travelers can look forward to a warm welcome onboard on “our inaugural flight today and for many more years to come as we deepen the ties of friendship and fraternity between France and Rwanda”.

Passengers taking flights from Africa to France can now travel less than eight hours and thirty minutes to Paris through Kigali, providing them more time to see the city’s fantastic ambiance, amazing culture, and iconic attractions. Travelers from France will also have easier access thanks to the new three-times-weekly service to central Africa’s stunning scenery and animals, including Rwanda’s stunning national parks and famed mountain gorillas.


StreetNet International Congress gathers African informal traders, street vendors in Kigali.

  • Roadside traders and other informal economy workers around the world are to converge in Kigali, Rwanda, to address peculiar issues.
  • The congress advocates for recognition and inclusion of street businesses in Africa especially.
  • AfriSQuare’s African News focuses briefly on the varied expectations from the Conference.

StreetNet International, a global coalition of street vendors and informal traders, holds its 7th International Congress in May 2023. This event features over 150 workers from the informal economy, activists, street vendors, and invited visitors from several other trade unions drawn from more than 50 countries, from about four continents, who will all converge in Kigali, Rwanda, from the first day of May to the sixth, to deliberate on tactics on how to defend these workers’ right to decent work, recognition, and social protection as well as pertinent matters such as climate change.  It also delivers to the participants an opportunity to be a part of the May 1st International Workers’ Day celebrations.


African roadside vendors. Source: includeplatform.net


Oksana Abboud, International Coordinator, says “StreetNet International Congress is the biggest event for StreetNet family, as it is exactly the most crucial space to get together for all StreetNet members from around the globe, listen to them, collect their views and suggestions, share experience and knowledge, analyze and criticize as well as to adopt new policies and strategies on continuous institutional growth in building collective actions towards empowerment and strengthening StreetNet at different levels, especially to amplify the voice and influence of informal street and market vendors in their own countries and cities while advocating for their rights and all types of protection.”


For more than twenty years, StreetNet has built solidarity among workers in the informal economy around the world, creating a bond and uniting them behind a joint front recognized by multilateral establishments such as the United Nations’ Agency, International Labour Organization. StreetNet has been promoting basic labour rights of street vendors in Africa; it is also pushing for an expansion in its scope and coverage such that it can also cater for members across different nations of the world. Most informal traders, and several other informal economy workers, typically do not have enough access to social protection and are ignored or neglected during social dialogues and collective negotiations even though informal economy workers are vital contributors to all countries’ economies.


Street vendors in Zimbabwe, the country with the 2nd largest vendor population in the world. Source: www.zimbabwesituation.com


The President of StreetNet, Lorraine Sibanda, says “recognition for the workers in the informal economy is critical for the growth of any country. This will also facilitate the access to decent work for informal economy workers, a condition that is not met in many countries. There needs to be access to social dialogue, so that workers in the informal economy are at the table of negotiations, being in the position to articulate their own issues, as well as guide the national strategies on formalization processes and the extension of social protection. Workers in the informal economy are as legitimate as their counterparts in the formal economy”.


A vegetable vendor and his customer, in Kigali. Source www.jacarandafm.com


The 7th Congress is expected to set the agenda for, and pace of, continued development of global alliances in the next four years. The Congress is bent on continuing the fight for acknowledgement and demand for necessary rights. The Universal Congress will also have the stakeholders elect a new four-year term leadership, even as they debate, propose, and adopt fresh policies and resolves.  The Congress is built to be the utmost governing body of StreetNet, saddled with the principal responsibility of making key decisions.


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Rwanda Ranks Second Safest Country for Female Solo Travelers

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), after deliberating with Georgetown University’s Women’s Peace and Security Index, the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap report, and the Institute for Economics and Peace Global Peace Index, Rwanda has been listed as the second safest country for solo female travelers because of its dedication to women’s participation and safety, as well as its warm and inviting hospitality.

In order to learn what made them feel safe, and get their personal travel tips, BBC spoke to women who have traveled alone to top-ranking countries, and to also find out the best things to see and do as a solo adventurer. 

According to the Women’s Peace and Security Index, Rwanda’s parliament is 60% made up of women representatives and it ranks first place in the world for gender equality in parliament. Also, it ranks highly in the index’s perception of community safety. It is listed at number six on Global Gender Gap Index in the world, which shows how unprejudiced a country is regarding economics, education, healthcare, and political involvement.

The Rwandan government still maintains the notion that women are the overwhelming force powering the development and transformation journey in Rwanda. 


Furthermore, women still encounter unique challenges when they venture abroad alone in spite of the growing trend of solo travel. They still face discrimination and safety concerns in every part of the world even though everywhere in the world should be safe for women to travel. However, many countries have put a concerted effort into improving safety for women and measuring attitudes that female residents have towards safety in their country.

The BBC Travel article, in addition to Rwanda, also stated other countries that made it to the top of the list, including, Slovenia, UAE, Japan, and Norway. These top five countries share several common factors such as women’s financial inclusion, absence of legal discrimination, women’s community safety, low rates of violent crime, and a low number of external or internal conflicts. 



A chat platform for Zimbabwe has been invented. This platform will offer a one-stop shop for businesses and individuals alike to connect seamlessly from any part of the world.



This platform is called Talk Chart and it was developed by Prevail International. The platform will be launched this month and will enable Zimbabweans to connect with the outside world at a faster speed.



Prevail International Group CEO, Mr Tempter Paul Tungwarara said the new app will be a one-stop shop as it connects people and will, going forward, allow users to transact as there are plans to have a payment gateway linked to banks and other financial institutions on the platform. “As we build on the mantra – Zimbabwe is open for business – we want not only Zimbabweans to connect with each other but the outside world as well. The application is available for download on Play Store,” he said. He also said, collaboration and communication are the foundation of building a successful work environment, investment, strong family bonds, and corporate ties.



On the platform, one can send and receive text messages, photos, videos, voice messages, and transact. Whether chatting one-on-one or in a group chat, the app allows one to express oneself and stay connected with other people. Talk Chart is a fast, reliable, and secure chat app that lets people stay connected. The app uses state-of-the-art encryption to keep messages safe and private, so users can confidently chat knowing that their conversations are secure.



The developer, Prevail Group Dubai, says the app’s privacy practices also include handling data in a professional manner. 

Mobile apps are leading the market with improved branding, customization, and user interaction. Since their inception, they have been disrupting the entire way people have accessed internet services.



Especially, Commerce has found its thriving ground once it moved into an app-centric strategy. Over half of the internet traffic is coming from mobile devices and most of them are from mobile apps.



Tungwarara said the advantages of using mobile applications such as Talk Chart’ are that they are faster than mobile websites. ”Even a well-groomed and optimized responsive mobile website cannot match the speed of an app. Businesses are all about giving the service as fast as possible today. A slight lag can cause massive loss and that leads to customer discontent.” he said.



He also said  ‘Talk Chart’ can leverage the features of native devices seamlessly. This opens a great opportunity to engage with the users’ productivity. For businesses, mobile apps are a great way to reduce costs with assured productivity. As apps can connect vendors and customers through a single direct channel, it reduces the extra marketing expenses.


Lesotho: Prime Minister Commemorates National Tree Planting Day

During National Tree Planting Day which is usually held annually on March 21 to fight land degradation and improve the wild environment, Lesotho Prime Minister, Mr. Samuel Ntsokoane Matekane preceded the planting of 6000 indigenous trees at Thaba-Chitja in Thabana-Morena on Friday.




During the commemoration of the Nation Tree Planting Day, Mr. Matekane, addressing residents of the community said trees are essential for various activities to people thus the need to plant them in great numbers across the country.




According to him, planting trees will help address the issue of high temperatures brought on by climate change by, among other things, giving shade to the herders and children as they travel from their houses to various locations. He urged members of the community to work with the local authority in the area to protect the trees since they are the first people to benefit after three years of maturity.




Giving his remark on the occasion, the Minister in the Prime Minister’s office, Mr. Limpho Tau appreciated members of the community for taking part in planting trees, noting that they are taking up the responsibility for protecting the environment while at the same time enhancing community livelihoods.




In order for the country to serve as a source of fruits for the global market, Mr. Tau recommended that fruit trees be planted in all open spaces, especially throughout the nation. This is in contrast to the existing scenario where trees are only sporadically planted, he added. According to the minister, if the nation can plant more trees, it will be able to create a variety of goods, including paper and timber for creating furniture and wood, and cease importing unnecessary wood products.




Also speaking, Mr. Selibe Mochoboroane Health Minister for Thabana-Morena said through the production of fruit trees, unemployed community members will get jobs near homes while at the same time producing food for consumption. He stated that trees are essential for the survival of both human beings and livestock since they provide oxygen.




Olive, Beefwood, and grass trees are a few of the planted trees.



  • IFC has announced an investment to support South African residential property developer, Alleyroad in order to improve access to affordable housing.


  • The project will help reduce the housing gap in Johannesburg’s affordable housing market.


  • The apartments will be designed to meet IFC’s EDGE Advanced green building standards.


IFC has announced an investment to support South African residential property developer, Alleyroads, to build over 1,000 rental apartment units in the Johannesburg area in order to improve access to affordable sustainable residential housing in South Africa.



The 325 million South African rand loan granted to Alleyroads will help the company finance construction of the apartments, which are aimed at lower-to-middle-income households with an average annual salary of about ZAR238,000. The apartments will consist of two bedrooms with an average size of 62m², and will be built near hospitals, schools, and markets, and will provide green spaces and play areas for children.



This project will help reduce the housing gap in Johannesburg’s affordable housing market, which faces a significant shortage, particularly in the ZAR4,000 to 6,000 per month rental segment. It will support economic activity by creating 860 jobs during the construction phase, and 45 jobs during the operating phase. Project completion is scheduled for 2023.



The Managing Director of the Alleyroads Group, Ivan Pretorius said, “The Group is extremely thankful to IFC for having the confidence in our ability to deliver these much-needed housing units to this sector of the residential market. The team is ready to roll up their sleeves and ensure the timely delivery of excellent quality units,” 

The IFC Country Manager for South Africa, Adamou Labara said, “Affordable rental housing is essential for improving quality of life in South Africa, particularly for younger people and those that do not qualify for or cannot afford a mortgage. IFC’s investment in Alleyroads will improve access to good-quality, affordable residential housing in South Africa, which is positively linked to social benefits like better education and health outcomes.



The apartments will be designed to meet IFC’s EDGE Advanced green building standards, this means they will be zero carbon ready and among the first residential units to achieve such a high resource efficiency in sub-Saharan Africa. Alleyroads will install on-site solar panels to supply about 30 percent of the development’s energy needs.



Since its establishment in 2009, Alleyroads has become a leading affordable housing developer in the build-to-rent and green building spaces. The company is helping South Africa meet the rising demand for affordable rental housing, which is driven by population growth and rapid urbanization. 



“The transaction represents a significant milestone in the evolution of the Alleyroads Group and signals the intention of the company to be one of the pre-eminent leaders in the affordable residential housing market. We look forward to a continued partnership with Alleyroads and IFC”, said Mesh Pillay, Chief Executive of YW Capital, exclusive advisor to Alleyroads.




Alleyroads is a locally owned level 2 black economic empowerment (BEE) company. IFC is committed to supporting the government of South Africa’s economic transformation agenda and increasing the financial participation of historically disadvantaged citizens.



As part of its support to South Africa’s housing market, IFC is working with partners in the country to improve access to affordable housing and student accommodation.


JUWI Renewable Energies, leading global solar, wind, and hybrid project developer EPC and operations and maintenance (O&M) company, today announced that the 84 Megawatt (MW) Wolf Wind Project in the Eastern Cape has reached financial close.



The demand for large-scale renewables from both public and private has been off the charts, this has led to the rapid expansion of the clean energy leader’s footprint across the country, with over 1.5 GW of wind, 2 GW of solar, and 500 MW of hybrid projects incorporating storage in development for private and public energy users.



This Wolf Wind Project, located two hours from the city of Gqeberha, was successfully bid by Red Rocket in Round 5 of the South African government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme (REI4P).



Richard Doyle, Managing Director, JUWI South Africa, while explaining said, “JUWI is committed to developing projects that help South Africa address the energy crisis and achieve the clean energy transition, and therefore the progress in rolling out REI4P projects is very encouraging. Concurrently, it is heartening to see the exponential growth in demand from the public and private sectors for large-scale renewable projects, and for hybrid projects that integrate battery storage. To support this demand, we plan to initiate the development of a further combined 1 GW of wind, solar and hybrid projects in 2023. Construction has started and the facility is projected to begin generating electricity for the South African grid by Q1 2024. It is the second wind project developed by JUWI to reach financial close under the REI4P – the first being the 138 MW Garob Wind Project that was successful in the previous REI4P bid round and which reached commercial operation in 2021.”



“As a South African company and an independent power producer, we’ve been investing in solutions to address the energy crisis for over ten years. We’re proud to have partnered with JUWI on this project and pleased to have started construction on this and other large wind projects,” said Matteo Brambilla, CEO, of Red Rocket.



“The Wolf Wind Project will be generating more than 360 GWh of clean electricity for the South African grid per year, offsetting 374,400 tonnes of CO2 each year and the project will bring over 200-million-rand community investment over 20 years through local social projects.”



“A key barrier to bringing large projects like Wolf online is grid capacity,” said Chris Bellingham, Head of Project Development, JUWI South Africa.



“Whilst we’re working on ways to overcome the challenges imposed on many of our projects by the Cape grid constraints, to meet the significant and growing demand for clean reliable power, we’re also actively developing a large portfolio of new and regionally diverse projects in unconstrained areas of the country’s grid.”



Recently, the energy regulator published an update on the lists of projects from private developers in the C and I sector where the number of projects registered by the regulator in South Africa in just the first two months of this year was already over 1000MW. This confirms that the demand for large solar, wind, and battery storage is growing nicely there.



This project is the second wind project developed by JUWI to reach financial close under the REI4P, the first was the 138MW Garob Wind Project which was successful in the previous REI4P bid round and which reached commercial operation in 2021.


Ugandan Government Makes Move to Boost Tourism

  • The president revealed this while meeting with investors and trade representatives at the forum.

According to Ugandan President Museveni, the government pointed out one of the methods to increase tourism in Uganda which is to construct a number of upcountry airfields that will benefit travelers in general as well as visitors. 

The President referred to Uganda’s climate as the best and most favorable for tourists worldwide while speaking to investors and trade representatives at the annual Trade Representative Forum (TRF) at the State House in Entebbe organized by the Presidential Advisory Committee on Exports and Industrial Development (PACEID). Museveni said, “We used to experience unrest, but that has long stopped. Promotion is now the only problem”.

While giving his speech, he said “I have already told the government that we need to build more airfields near the national parks. This is because some rich people do not have time to come and land at Entebbe and drive 500 miles to Kidepo national park. Only small people can manage to do that but the rich people want to come in their private jets, land in the national park, and then fly out. So, we shall have to build more hard surface airports in Kidepo, Kasese, Kihihi, Gulu, and so on”.

According to Daudi Migereko, the Chairman of the Uganda Tourism Board, tourism was Ugand’s top source of foreign exchange before the Covid pandemic, bringing $1.6 million dollars for the country. It was also predicted that between 2020 and 2026, Uganda would be among the 10 destinations with the fastest growth rates for leisure, travel, and spending.

Ethiopia, Djibouti Agree to Complete Road Links.

  • The completion of the road will boost transportation between the two countries.


  • The agreement guarantees that the Galamo-Moloud road will be completed within a year.



An agreement has been reached between Ethiopia and Djibouti on completing a road that will link both countries. A 35-kilometer road between Galamo and Moloud will enable the smooth circulation of vehicles and cargo, boosting transportation between the two countries. 




The deal was achieved in February during Alemu Simie’s (PhD), Ethiopia’s Minister of Transport and Logistics, visit and meeting with Ismail Omar Guelleh, the President of Djibouti. Alemu Simie is currently in Djibouti to supervise the agreement’s execution.



In order to expedite road construction, Alemu Simie met with Abubakar Omar Hadi, President of the Djibouti Ports and Free Zones Authority, and his team.




The agreement guarantees that the 35-kilometer Galamo-Moloud road will be finished within a year and that the Ethiopian Construction Works Company (ECWC)

 will get the necessary payment.



Also, from March 20–23, 2023, a delegation from the Ethiopian Customs Commission under the direction of Commissioner Debele Kabeta paid an official visit to Djibouti. They met with their colleagues in Djibouti’s customs authority to discuss various customs-related issues.




The customs officials talked about a number of issues relating to customs, including HS Codification, Custom Values, TIN Number Guarantee, Ethiopian Bill of Loadings, Facilitation of Train Processes, Export Procedures, and Regional COMESA Transport Guarantee Bonds (RCTG). An agreed-upon minute was signed to offer suggestions to boost customs efficiency after three days of negotiations.




These recent events show that Ethiopia and Djibouti are committed to cooperating to improve trade and transportation, including the agreement on the Galamo-Moloud road and the resolution of customs-related issues.

Trevor Noah breaks record with Dutch Erasmus Prize.

  • South African comedian has clinched a globally renowned Prize for his contributions to the arts.
  • The young African has enjoyed stints on stage, on TV, and across other media platforms making him one of Africa’s most sought-after talents.
  • Noah had quit hosting a popular TV show but his impact while at it did not go unnoticed and unrewarded.


Trevor Noah, South African stand-up comedian, Television host, author of international repute, entertainment entrepreneur, and renowned media personality, has registered yet another first; by winning the Dutch Erasmus Prize, the admired European prize named after humanist scholar and philosopher Desiderius Erasmus, he has become the first black comedian to clinch the prestigious recognition.


The Praemium Erasmianum Foundation selected the former host of popular TV show, The Daily Show, for his brilliant input to the theme ‘In Praise of Folly,’ named after one of the most famous books by Erasmus, filled with social criticism, humor, and political satire. Although numerous fans across the world received the news of his exit from the daily show after seven years with immense shock, the foundation celebrated Noah for being a worthy custodian and ambassador of what they called the ‘Erasmian Spirit’.



The prize which comes with a cash sum of €150,000 ($159,000) is given yearly to a “person or institution that has made an exceptional contribution to the humanities, the social sciences or the arts, in Europe and beyond.” The foundation commended Noah for sustained efforts at gathering a youthful, diverse, and global audience and dishing out freshness to consumers of Media content, especially during unusual moments like the COVID 19 era, Donald Trump’s presidency, as well as during the Black Lives Matter movement.



A Hollywood Reporter had reported, earlier this year, that fans of the 39-year-old should stand by for his new book about forgiveness, reception and the secret to harmony.


Noah, an advocate for political and social issues, was born in Johannesburg in 1984; this means he was raised during the apartheid era. His mother’s root is traced to the Xhosa ethnic group in South Africa, while his father is of Swiss-German ancestry. His career in comedy commenced in the early 2000s, in South Africa, when he went round performing in local comedy clubs and hosting his own comic radio show. He attracted national attention with “The Trevor Noah Show,” an electrifying talk show that aired from 2010 to 2011, on a South African television.


In 2011, Noah debuted on U.S. television with “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” Ever since, he has featured on numerous American talk shows, including “The Late Show with David Letterman” and “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” He became the new host of “The Daily Show” on Comedy Central, In 2015, after Jon Stewart.


Noah is also the brain behind several comedy specials, including “The Daywalker” in 2009, “That’s Racist” in 2012, and “Afraid of the Dark” in 2017. He published his engaging memoir “Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood” In 2016, and it became a New York Times bestseller. He frequently speaks up against police brutality and racial profiling; he has also advocated for gender equality. In 2018, he donated a sum of $10,000 to the Chicago Public Schools Foundation to help support arts education.



Africa Wealth Report was just published on March 29. This report provides a comprehensive review of private wealth in Africa, including high-net-worth-individual, luxury, and wealth management trends, among others. It is a joint effort between Henley & Partners, a global leader in residence and citizenship by investment, and wealth intelligence firm, New World Wealth.

In their recent report, Rwanda was recognized for its remarkable achievements. Rwanda received several accolades highlighting the country’s growth and potential.

One such achievement is the recognition of its passport strength. In the top 20 African passports ranking, Rwanda was ranked number 17 in terms of passport strength.

Rwanda emerged as the best-performing market in Africa, with a 72% growth rate in the number of millionaires during the reporting period. This remarkable achievement has positioned the country as an attractive destination for investors seeking high returns on their investment.

Rwanda also ranked seventh in the report’s list of the next 10 wealthiest African countries, demonstrating its potential for economic growth and development. The country’s focus on sustainable development enabled it to make strides in various sectors, such as technology, finance, and tourism. 

Gorilla trekking safaris in Rwanda’s Virunga Mountains, in Musanze district, were included in the list of top vacation destinations for high-net-worth families. This recognition is significant, as it highlights Rwanda’s potential as a tourist destination, providing a unique experience for high-end visitors seeking to explore Africa’s natural beauty.

Also, Rwanda’s One&Only Nyungwe House was mentioned as one of Africa’s premium safari lodges, particularly popular among high-net-worth individuals visiting Africa. This recognition further cements Rwanda’s position as a luxury travel destination.

The Africa Wealth Report 2023 has brought to light the remarkable growth and potential of Rwanda, as noted by Henley & Partners.

Rwanda boasts strong safety and security measures, robust ownership rights, and a well-developed banking system and stock market. These factors have made the country an attractive destination for investors and tourists alike, further enhancing its position as a leading African nation with great potential for continued success in the future.