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DP World to Splash $1 Billion on Greenfield Congo Port. Sudan, Qatar to sign $4 billion deal to manage Red Sea port - ministry. Sudan and Qatar will sign a $4 billion agreement to jointly develop the Red Sea port of Suakin off Sudan’s coast, Sudanese media quoted Transport Minister Makawi Mohamed Awad as saying. Awad made the announcement during a visit by Qatari officials to Suakin on Sunday, the reports said. Officials from Qatar’s transport ministry visiting Sudan told Reuters on Monday that the deal was being prepared but that its cost and other details had not yet been finalized. The deal is likely to anger Sudan’s northern neighbor Egypt, which accuses Qatar of supporting the banned Muslim Brotherhood movement, which Doha has denied, and which joined a Saudi-led boycott of the gas-rich Gulf state last year.

Another neighbour, Eritrea has accused Qatar and Sudan of supporting an opposition group in its country that is led by Islamist Mohammed Jumma. Sudan last year signed a separate deal with Turkey whereby Ankara will restore part of Suakin and construct a naval dock to maintain civilian and military vessels. Cameroon, Kingdom sign transportation deal.

DP World CEO outlines Belt and Road, Africa strategies. Qatar Airways inks codeshare deal with Air Botswana. Qatar Airways has announced a codeshare partnership with Air Botswana, offering Qatar Airways travellers enhanced access to three key destinations in the African country. The partnership with flag carrier Air Botswana will provide Qatar Airways passengers with connections to the cities of Gaborone, Francistown and Maun via Qatar Airways’ South Africa gateway Johannesburg. The Gulf airline operates double-daily flights between Johannesburg and its state-of-the-art hub, Hamad International Airport in Doha, with onward flights to more than 150 destinations worldwide. The new code-share agreement allows business and leisure travellers fast and convenient access to the home of Botswana’s rich mineral industry, abundant game reserves, and luxury safari lodges.

Botswana’s luxurious tourism experiences are complemented by Qatar Airways’ ultra-modern fleet of aircraft featuring the world’s best Business Class on services to South Africa. Connecting Africa: DP World explores opportunities to develop logistics capabilities. DP World Group Chairman and CEO, Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem Akinwunmi during his meeting with Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode in Nigeria recently Follow > , , , , Click here to add Free Zone Corporation as an alert Click here to remove the Free Zone Corporation alert Click here to add Public-Private Partnership as an alert Click here to remove the Public-Private Partnership alert Click here to add Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum as an alert Click here to remove the Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum alert Click here to add Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem as an alert Click here to remove the Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem alert Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, DP World Group Chairman and CEO, and Chairman of the Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation (FZE), has welcomed efforts by African nations to improve their infrastructure, an essential pillar for building a growing economy and connecting the continent to the world.

On a tour of Africa this week, Mr. Mr. Qatar Airways makes Windhoek African destination #23. Qatar Airways CCO Hugh Dunleavy (pictured right) with Qatar’s Ambassador to South Africa, Salem Abdullah Sultan Al Jaber, after the touchdown of the airline’s inaugural flight to Windhoek on 28 September. Qatar Airways began flights to the capital of Namibia, Windhoek (WDH) from its Doha (DOH) hub on 28 September. Windhoek is the first city in Namibia to be served by the carrier, which will fly to the destination four times weekly with its 254-seat 787-8 fleet. The city will be the 23rd destination in Africa served by the oneworld airline, and the route faces no direct competition. Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker, said: “We are delighted to extend our network within Africa by adding the premium leisure and business destination of Windhoek to our route map.

Africa remains one of our key target areas for growth and we have identified Namibia as an important African nation to include in our expansion plans. Liaisons maritimes Afrique-Asie : une progression de 11 % de la capacité. La liaison Asie-Afrique de l'Ouest n'est plus aussi attractive qu'auparavant. Selon Dyna­mar, quatre armements ont décidé de quitter cette ligne au cours des 12 derniers mois, soit définitivement, soit en achetant des espaces auprès d’autres : Evergreen, Hapag Lloyd, Nile Dutch et NYK.

PIL a mis un terme à l’un de ses services avec NileDutch et, d’autre part, un service entre PIL et Coscon a remplacé un service assuré au préalable par China Shipping. Pour sa part, Nile­Dutch assure une présence sur cette rotation en prenant des espaces sur les navires de CMA CGM. Réduire le nombre de navires déployés Ces changements n’ont pas réduit la capacité affichée. Au global, ce sont 104 navires qui assurent les liaisons entre les deux continents, soit une baisse de 30 navires par rapport au mois de mai 2015. Sur cette ligne, le groupe formé par CMA CGM et Mærsk se place en pole position avec une part de marché de 60% . © Tous droits réservés. DP World to build $35m logistics centre in Rwanda.

DP World Port in Dubai Dubai's DP World has been granted a 25 year concession to develop and operate a new $35m logistics centre in Kigali, Rwanda. The DP World Kigali Logistics project is a greenfield concession agreement and the first phase will be built on 90,000 sqm with a 12,000m² container yard and a 19,600m² warehousing facility. Estimated annual capacity is 50,000 TEUs and 640,000 tonnes of warehousing space. The total project cost is estimated at $35m, and further development will be phased in line with demand growth. Rwanda aims to enhance the country’s logistics industry to support the export of products for regional and international markets and the DP World Kigali Logistics Centre is expected to significantly contribute to this. DP World chairman HE Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem said: “DP World is delighted to have been granted this concession in Kigali, Rwanda.

African Travel: Air India to resume flight to Africa - Business. The third-largest airline in India, Air India is reviving its flying operations to Kenya and Tanzania, which it discontinued several years ago. “We used to operate to Nairobi and Dar es Salaam from Mumbai, which we discontinued a few years ago,” said Air India Chairman Ashwanai Lohani. “With the capacity (aircraft) coming in, we should be able to connect these two cities in the region.” The airline is also talking to South African authorities about possible operations to Durban, an airline official said. India’s airlines are suffering from overcapacity which has triggered fare wars, and few carriers are profitable, BangkokPost reported. The sheer size of the domestic market is keeping the industry aloft and the government hopes big investments intransport infrastructure, including civil aviation, will help the industry grow.

Air India already operates out of New York, Chicago, San Francisco, and Newark with plans to expand further in the U.S. Download our mobile app today. Air India plans to spread its wings in Africa, Scandinavia. Air India aims to provide point-to-point connectivity to African and Scandinavian regions, where it currently does not operate, besides enhancing services on existing routes, as part of its aggressive network expansion plan. (Reuters) Air India aims to provide point-to-point connectivity to African and Scandinavian regions, where it currently does not operate, besides enhancing services on existing routes, as part of its aggressive network expansion plan. In the immediate future, the government-run airline will launch services to Washington, DC from the national capital, Air India Chairman and Managing Director Ashwanai Lohani said, adding, the national carrier is also looking at taking its services to African and Scandinavian countries.

Air India plans to expand further in the US, where it already operates in four places — New York, Chicago, San Francisco, and Newark, Lohani said. “We will soon launch a flight service to Washington DC from New Delhi,” he said. L'« Air Corridor » une réalité avec le vol Maurice-Singapour. 12 Mars 2016 - Air Mauritius a opéré, vendredi, son tout premier vol direct Maurice-Singapour dans le cadre du projet de « The Air Corridor ». Le vol MK646 décollera de l’aéroport international Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam à 20h40, pour atterrir à Changi à Singapour le lendemain matin à 07h50. Air Mauritius a opéré, vendredi son tout premier vol direct Maurice-Singapour dans le cadre du projet de « The Air Corridor ».

Le vol MK646 décollera de l’aéroport international Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam à 20h40, pour atterrir à Changi à Singapour le lendemain matin à 07h50. Un vol inaugural officiel suivra le 14 mars avec une importante délégation à son bord, dirigée par le Vice-Premier ministre et ministre du Tourisme, l’Honorable Xavier-Luc Duval. Peh Ke-Wei: «Nous croyons pleinement en le corridor Afrique-Asie» L’objectif: renforcer la connectivité non seulement entre Singapour et Maurice mais au-delà. Peh Ke-Wei, vice-président Passenger Development, Changi Airport, s’explique… Quel est le sens du corridor aérien Maurice-Singapour? Nous voulons renforcer la connectivité non seulement entre Singapour et Maurice, mais au-delà. C’est-à-dire, qu’à travers Maurice, nous allons accéder à l’Afrique et aux îles Vanilles. De son côté, Maurice accédera à l’Asie à travers Singapour.

L’idée étant d’augmenter le flux de passagers et de connecter ces deux parties de la planète par le biais de ces deux hubs que sont Singapour et Maurice. Comment êtes-vous arrivé à l’accord avec Air Mauritius ? Nous travaillons avec Air Mauritius depuis des années pour augmenter sa présence à Changi Airport. Cependant, le concept de corridor aérien est une initiative du bureau du Premier ministre de Maurice. C’est comme cela que nous avons signé cet accord en octobre. Mozambique: Qatar Airways to Introduce Direct Maputo-Doha Flights. Maputo — Qatar Airways has announced that it is increasing connections between Mozambique and Qatar by introducing, as from March, direct flights between Doha and Maputo.

According to a report in Monday's issue of the Maputo daily “Noticias”, the announcement was made at a ceremony where Qatar Airways distinguished the company Cotur Tours as its main agent in Mozambique. The current twice weekly Qatar Airways flights between Maputo and Doha stop at Johannesburg in both directions. Cutting out the stop in Johannesburg will reduce travel time by two hours. The decision reflects confidence that there is enough traffic between the two cities to make the route profitable, without stopping in Johannesburg to pick up more passengers. The new direct flight may also prove attractive to passengers who wish to travel on to other destinations in the Middle East, Europe and Asia. “This prize shows once again that we are on the right path, and that our clients are pleased with our work”, said Momade.

Asia's Lesson for Africa on Global Supply Chains. At this week’s 10th World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial Conference in Nairobi, Kenya, trade ministers are trying to advance 15 years of Doha Development Agenda talks to reduce trade barriers. The real issue, however, is whether African economies can follow East Asia’s success in global supply chains amid “new normal” growth and rising inequality.

Global supply chains refer to the geographical location of stages of production (design, production, marketing, and service activities) in a cost-effective manner. In addition, how they link by trade in intermediate inputs and final goods. For instance, the Toyota Prius—a hybrid electric mid-size hatchback car—for the US market was designed in Japan and is presently assembled there, but some parts and components are made in Southeast Asia and the People’s Republic of China (PRC). East Asia’s shift from a poor, less developed agricultural periphery to a wealthy global factory over the last half a century is an economic miracle.

Emirates plans huge plane to fight China carriers to Guangzhou—city popular with Africans for business. EMIRATES, the world’s biggest long-haul airline, plans to deploy Airbus Group SE A380 jumbo jets on routes to the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou as it tries to differentiate its offerings to fend off Chinese rivals. “Guangzhou is a potential destination for the two-class A380,” Badr Abbas, Emirates’s senior vice president of commercial operations in the Far East, said in an interview Tuesday in Hong Kong. The carrier is awaiting Chinese government approval to deploy the world’s largest jumbo jet, which can seat 615 people in a dual business and economy configuration, replacing the Boeing Co. 777-300 ER the airline now uses on its daily Guangzhou flight, he said. Chinese airlines such as Air China Ltd., China Eastern Airlines Corp and Hainan Airlines Co. are expanding their networks, adding direct international connections from leading cities such as Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou as well as secondary cities such as Chengdu.

An Emirates A380 ‘Key for us’ Syrians flying 4,820 kms to West Africa, then take road to Mali, the Sahara - and, inshallah, Europe. GAO, northern Mali: The low, mudbrick houses slowly come into focus against the desert sky as the old, beat-up pickup truck enters the Tilemsi Valley, near Gao, some 1,200 kilometres northeast of Mali’s capital, Bamako. As the vehicle comes to a halt, a dozen or so men descend to stretch their legs. Women and children remain in the hot car. Among the men is Mohamed Abdelaziz (not his real name).

He left his hometown of Homs in western Syria in early 2012, when fighting intensified between government forces and the Free Syrian Army. After spending time in a refugee camp in Lebanon, he recently joined some trailblazing Syrians on a long and hazardous journey: first to Mauritania in West Africa, then south to Bamako in Mali, before heading northeast to Gao and on northwards along the ancient trade routes that crisscross the Sahara desert. “There are very few safe routes and those that remain are becoming increasingly difficult to cross,” Abdelaziz told IRIN. The road less travelled. New Air Corridor aims to boost Africa-Asia trade | CAJ News Africa. DP World signs Logistics Free Zone MoU with Senegal.