Friday, 21 October 2016
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Nigeria accomplishes a mark on the global aviation platform as Saleh Dunoma, Managing Director of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), is elected president of Airports Council International (ACI), Africa Region.
The eventful election for the Africa head took place on October 18, 2016, during the 25th ACI-Africa Annual Assembly /Regional Conference and Exhibition from 17 – 23 October holding in Maputo, Mozambique.
Pascal Komla of Togo passed on the baton to Saleh Dunoma, first ever Nigerian to be appointed as the president of a 62 member body operating at 250 airports in 47 countries in Africa.
A graduate of the Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Dunoma started his aviation career in the Civil Engineering Department of FAAN in 1980 and rose through the ranks to the zenith as its Managing Director.
Airports Council International (ACI) is the only global trade representative of the world’s airports. Established in 1991, ACI represents airports interests with Governments and international organizations such as ICAO, develops standards, policies and recommended practices for airports, and provides information and training opportunities to raise standards around the world.
Thursday, 20 October 2016
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Malawi fronts a rout state in malversation scandals, making the donors to cease their succor to them. Charles Mkula, head of Malawi’s journalists added to its point that, it would only lend torment to down and out country and shall effectuate the political babel.
Mr. Mkula said, “He understands that all their build out consociates will bear cipher forbearance for corruption. But he jagged figures over hospitals having no amassment of drugs and 1.6 million Malawians in no anon will have to confront with famine, remarked the international report.”
Present day sleaze actions concatenates with the record of contemporary historians in Malawi. The two presidents in whilom glance of the country, were inculpated for garnering US$ 300 million and 1.7 million.
Malawians are quaked with the mammoth ambit of corruption infamy eventuated scandal in public sector. “Neoteric media reports delineated over both low ranking and high ranking civil servants complotted to ploy from colossal public funds.”
The police has arrested an accounts assistant, who was ensnared with US$ 2.7 million. For having pocket bagged with $25,000, another principal accountant has been arrested who assayed to enshroud the pelf and therefore, had hidden it in his house, removing money from his Capital Hill office. Two officers with unsure government contracts, and payment amount to be $7 million in goods and services has been arrested as those were not supplied.
President Banda vexed, as flounders to govern
In the anterior week, President Joyce Banda oust her arrant group of government officials and had put her entireties for seeking international intervention for her constitution to turn untainted.
“The slant outlook on scandalous outfits, embraces exalted ranks in her Peoples Party, she has to tackle prudent since the party totes lots more experienced persons who can forge or slinter her political hankering as well as those of her party,” Malawi's chief journalist commented.
No benignant for human shall trigger crisis
“Man’s biggest support in Malawi, the two elephantine donor organizations EU and Norway declared to freeze out budget by cutting their assistance in health, water and sanitation, environment, education and agricultural sectors, with agriculture sector,” said Mr. Mkula.
The US agency report study, has implied on the figures that about 1.6 million people of the country will soon be fronting starvation due to poor harvest.
Tuesday, 4 October 2016
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Hilton Worldwide (NYSE:HLT) (www.HiltonWorldwide.com) has signed a management agreement with Jabavu Village Ltd to open a 255 guest-room and suite hotel in Kenya’s capital. The hotel is set to open in 2020 and joins 50 Hilton Hotels & Resorts properties trading or under development in 17 countries across Africa.
“In recent years Upper Hill has grown to become a hub for international businesses and organisations, with a number of embassies and organisations setting up their regional offices in the district, including Cisco Systems, World Bank and the IMF," said Patrick Fitzgibbon, senior vice president, development, EMEA, Hilton Worldwide. “The striking new-build property will pierce the skyline of Upper Hill and will be well placed to meet this growing demand in one of Nairobi’s most exciting and colourful areas.”
Kenya is one of Africa’s fastest growing economies with strong growth in agricultural, tourism, construction and telecommunication sectors. The country’s diversifying economy means it is a popular destination, busy with leisure and business travellers.
Mr Mahat Noor, Project Director of Jabavu Village Ltd, said, “Hilton Nairobi Upper Hill is our first project with Hilton and we are tremendously excited to be collaborating with them on this spectacular development. Hilton Nairobi Upper Hill and the larger mixed-use development, which will include a residential, retail and entertainment complex, as well as an adjacent office tower, will be Africa’s tallest building, standing at 330m.”
Co-developed by Jabavu Village and White Lotus Projects, Hilton Nairobi Upper Hill will comprise of an Executive Lounge and five food and beverage outlets, including a relaxing poolside bar, speciality smokehouse and grill restaurant, lobby dining area with landscaped deck and a boutique rooftop bar with unbeatable vista views of the Nairobi skyline on the 43rd level.
"The striking new-build property will pierce the skyline of Upper Hill and will be well placed to meet this growing demand in one of Nairobi’s most exciting and colourful areas"
Business travellers will have a wide choice of professional facilities to choose from including a ballroom and meeting rooms of approximately 1400sqm. Guests will also have access to an outdoor pool and fitness and spa centres.
“The iconic Hilton Nairobi Upper Hill will be our 50th Hilton Hotels and Resorts property trading or under development in Africa,” said Jim Holthouser, executive vice president, global brands, Hilton Worldwide. “Reaching this milestone is a testament to Hilton’s love of hospitality, which has helped drive the brands growth across the continent since first introduced with the opening of Hilton Addis Abba(http://APO.af/HzCX1r) and Hilton Nairobi (http://APO.af/JsgQmh) in 1969.”
Hilton is set to double its presence in Africa in the next three to five years and is focused on further development prospects all over the continent, entering new countries but also growing in areas with an existing Hilton presence. Read more....
Friday, 23 September 2016
Africa nominates Zimbabwe’s Tourism and Hospitality Industry Minister, Dr Walter Mzembi, as continent’s candidate for the post of UN - WTO Secretary General
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African nations have nominated a Zimbabwean, Dr Walter Mzembi, as their candidate to become the new head of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UN - WTO) (UNWTO.org/en). Should Mzembi get this post, it will be the first time in the organisation’s 43-year history that an African would head the organisation.
Speaking during the UN General Assembly in New York, Africa’s longest-serving tourism minister said that he was humbled and privileged to have been chosen by the Government of Zimbabwe, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the African Union (AU) as the continent’s candidate.
“Since the establishment of the UN -WTO in 1994, no African has ever become its Secretary General. Almost all the geographical areas of the world have produced a secretary-general, except Africa. In fact in 42 years, three secretaries-general have come from Europe, while one each has come from the Americas and Asia. I am therefore delighted to be representing my region as the continent’s united candidate”.
"The UN-WTO is the world’s leading international organisation promoting tourism as a driver of economic growth, environmental sustainability and inclusive development"
If elected, Mzembi will come on board in 2017, during the “International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development”. Globally, his said that his plan would be to align the three tourism-specific Sustainable Development Goals on ‘decent work and economic growth’; ‘responsible consumption and production’; and ‘life below water’. Regionally, he said that he would further embed tourism’s intervention in the African Union’s Agenda 2063.
A former member of the UN-WTO’s Executive Council, and current chairman of the UN-WTO’s Commission for Africa, Mzembi was instrumental in convening the 20th UN-WTO General Assembly in 2013. This global conference, which was hosted jointly by Zimbabwe and Zambia, was described by the current Secretary General, Dr Taleb Rifai, as “the best attended ever” in the history of the organisation. Rifai, a Jordanian national, retires next year.
Membership of the Madrid-based UN-WTO, one of the 17 specialised agencies of the United Nations, covers 157 countries, 6 territories, and 480 affiliate groups representing the private sector, educational institutions, tourism associations, and local tourism authorities. The organisation promotes responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism and works to make tourism an effective tool for development.
“The UN-WTO is the world’s leading international organisation promoting tourism as a driver of economic growth, environmental sustainability and inclusive development. My vision has always been to use tourism to promote peace, security and social harmony and, if I am appointed, I hope to be able to steer tourism development towards climate change adaptation and mitigation, and ultimately reduce poverty among communities”, concluded Mzembi. Read more....
Thursday, 22 September 2016
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In Juba, the official programme was held at the Nyakuron Cultural Centre, under the national theme: “Together We Can Heal the Nation” and was broadcast live on UNMISS’s Radio Miraya
To commemorate the International Day of Peace, in South Sudan, the United Nations’ Funds, Programmes and Agencies, and the peacekeeping mission organized a number of events across the country, in collaboration with the National Platform for Peace and Reconciliation (NPPR) and other non-governmental organisations; alongside the launch of the 100 days of peace activism; a platform for all voices calling for peace, healing, and reconciliation to unite and send powerful messages to leaders and calling for a peaceful resolution to the current crisis.
In Juba, the official programme was held at the Nyakuron Cultural Centre, under the national theme: “Together We Can Heal the Nation” and was broadcast live on UNMISS’s Radio Miraya. It featured colourful drama, poetry and musical performances, and speeches by the Chairperson of the South Sudan Peace and Reconciliation Commission, the Speaker of Transitional National Legislative Assembly, and the reading of the Secretary-Generals’ message by Deputy Special Representative Moustapaha Soumare, who in emphasizing the significance of the day, said that ‘peace is about much more than putting weapons aside. It is about building a global society in which people live free from poverty and share the benefits of prosperity’ noting that peace meant ‘ growing together and supporting each other as a universal family’
"Under the global theme “The Sustainable Development Goals: Building Blocks for Peace.” a number of activities were organized in various parts of the country by UNMISS"
In his additional comments, Ambassador Soumare noted that the renewed fighting in Juba in July, had been ‘a grievous setback, one which resulted in loss of life and forced scores of civilians to flee their homes’ adding that ‘as we mark today as International Day of Peace, we must have renewed hope that South Sudan can turn a new page and achieve a lasting peace. The people of South Sudan have suffered far too long, and they deserve nothing less.” The key note address at the event was delivered by James Wani Igga, Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan. The Mission, Force complement, led by British officers, and the Nepalese battalion, based at UN House, made a special donation of various essential items to a local community, close to the newly created arms free zone.
Under the global theme “The Sustainable Development Goals: Building Blocks for Peace.” a number of activities were organized in various parts of the country by UNMISS; in Western Bahar El Gazal, Upper Nile, and Western Equatoria these included football and volley ball tournaments, cultural shows, traditional dances and flag raising ceremonies, whilst in Eastern Equatoria, the Rwandan Battalion of UNMISS facilitated a “Health Care Day” for the local communities. Read more...