News: AfDB studies Transport difficulties across Africa

The Infrastructure Consortium for Africa (ICA) held a one-day workshop at the African Development Bank (AfDB) headquarters in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, to discuss findings of three studies on opening up aviation services, urban transport development, and trade facilitation. The theme of the September 28, 2016 workshop was “ICA: Support to Transport Sector”. The event was attended by Bank officials from […]

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African Leaders fall short of Mo Ibrahim Award Criteria

By Friday Nwosu African leaders have continued to fall short of the criteria set out by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation for the award of $5 million to exemplary ex-head of states that have distinguished themselves while in office. According to a report by African Sun times, no African leader was good enough to qualify for the Award this year, making […]

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African Aviation: COMESA plans open Skies and common use facilities for the region

Liberalisation of airspace in the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) should expedited to boost regional trade and promote air travel. According to Dr Abu sufian Dafalla, the COMESA director for infrastructure and logistics, aviation is an essential life-line to intra-African trade and sustainable economic development in the trade bloc, and the continent generally. “It is therefore imperative […]

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African Passport: Rwanda to scrap visa for all Africans by 2018

African nationals travelling to the country by 2018, as it seeks to woo more investors and tourists from the continent. This is in line with an African Union target of abolishing visa requirements for Africans in African countries by 2018. The 2016 Africa Visa Openness Report released recently by the African Development Bank (AfDB) ranks Rwanda among 13 countries with […]

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Tanzania extends Railways to Burundi and Rwanda

By: James Karuhanga The Dar es Salaam-Isaka-Kigali/Keza-Musongati (DIKKM) standard gauge railway (SGR) project is progressing well, an official said. Eng. Jules Ndenga, the acting special project implementation unit coordinator at the Ministry of Infrastructure, said this following a recent joint technical monitoring committee meeting in Arusha, Tanzania. “Tanzania, Burundi and Rwanda are continuing the joint development of the DIKKM railway […]

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AfDB Launches First Africa Visa Openness Index

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By chike onwuegbuchi The African Development Bank (AfDB) has launched the first Africa Visa Openness Index, which shows how Africa remains largely closed off to African travellers. On average Africans need visas to travel to 55% of other African countries, can get visas on arrival in only 25% of other countries and don’t need a visa to travel to just […]

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Trading with Africa is working for South Africa, Kenya and Uganda

LAST year, to much fanfare, 26 African nations signed off on a free-trade ‘super bloc’ that seeks to improve the absurdly low levels of intra-regional trade on the continent, at the Egyptian seaside resort of Sharm el-Sheikh. In the same city at the Africa 2016 Forum last weekend, African Development Bank (AfDB) president Akinwumi Adesina painted a picture of just […]

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Visa-free travel ‘key to African tourism’

By: Oscar Nkala Gaborone – Africa remained largely closed off to inter-African travel with Africans requiring visas to travel to 55 percent of the continent, the African Development Bank (AfDB) has said. In a statement released ahead of the launch of its first-ever “Africa Visa Openness Index” scheduled for Abidjan, Ivory Coast from March 21-22, the AfDB said the stringent […]

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AfDB launches project to strengthen the aviation sector in Central and West Africa

On January 26, 2016, the African Development Bank and representatives of the Central and West African economic communities inaugurated a major project to improve the safety, security and efficiency of air transport in the sub-region. The “West and Central African Air Transport Safety and Security Program” (WCAATSSP) capacity-building programme falls within a context of rapid growth of air transport in […]

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Zimbabwe close to striking payment deal with Western creditors

Zimbabwe will clear arrears of $1.86 billion to international creditors such as the International Monetary Fund by the end of next April, the finance minister said on Friday, a major step towards unlocking new funding. President Robert Mugabe’s government started defaulting on its debt to the IMF, World Bank, African Development Bank and several Western lenders in 1999 and is […]

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