East African cooperation in action.

NEW BRIDGE EASES TRAFFIC FLOW BETWEEN RWANDA AND TANZANIA

(Posted 29th August 2014)

The Rusumo Bridge over the Kagera River was officially opened earlier in the week, easing the flow of traffic between Rwanda and neighbouring Tanzania. The new bridge took two years to construct and adjust the roads on both sides of the river, spans over 80 metres and crosses the border which, though not visibly marked (as yet) is right in the middle.

It is in particular cargo traffic using the route for imports to Rwanda, Burundi and the East of the Congo DR for goods landed at the port of Dar es Salaam and using the so called central corridor to deliver goods but also facilitate exports. The new bridge has raised the previous maximum load from 52 to nearly 400 tons, greatly facilitating the use of larger trucks which should reflect in reduced cargo charges. The two countries have also agreed to construct and then use a single customs and immigration post to expedite traffic and the movement of people which is expected to be ready by the end of the year. The project was financed by the Japanese government using JICA as the implementing agency.

IRT holds high tech training session for stakeholders

REUNION TOURISM TRAINS STAKEHOLDERS IN THE USE OF GOOGLE ADWORDS

(Posted 29th August 2014)

Changing times and changing technologies have led to changed market conditions and IRT, Reunion’s tourism board, has clearly gone with the times when they decided to train the island’s tourism stakeholders in the use of the latest techniques to become ‘tech savvy’.

Notably was a Google Adwords training session held yesterday in St. Denis at the offices of IRT to promote the use of the application among tourism businesses and professionals.

Thirteen hoteliers attended a Google Adwords training offered by the IRT as part of learning how best to use the e-tourism platform to advance their businesses and promote themselves more effectively via web based initiatives. Company representatives from the Palm Hotel & Spa, Iloha Seaview Hotel, Hotel Le Victoria, Le Kerveguen, Le Boucan Canoe, La Ferme du Bel Air, Hotel des Neiges Hotel Creoles, Tropic Condo Hotel Le Relais Treetop, Archipelago and Villa Delisle, were able to learn all there is to know about the Google Adwords tool in this exclusive training session.

The program, which offers a commercial SEO, is a key tool in generating web traffic. It is now a necessary investment for companies to gain visibility, increase awareness and showcase their services and produce results in the common search engines. On the agenda for the day were: Create a Google Account to use Adwords, design research and display a campaign, overview of targeting options (by site, demographics, keywords), tips for writing effective ads, Indicator Update Key performance (CPC, CPM, CPL) and analysis tools.

All participants were certified by IRT and the trainers to have successfully completed the course and as a result of further interest shown by other stakeholders will more sessions be held in the future.

A first for Bujumbura and Kigali as Fly Dubai announces flights from Dubai

FLY DUBAI ANNOUNCES FLIGHT SCHEDULE FOR ENTEBBE, KIGALI AND BUJUMBURA

(Posted 29th August 2014)

Fly Dubai has announced that besides Entebbe in Uganda they will combine the daily flights between Dubai and Uganda with onward connections to Kigali, three times a week and Bujumbura, the latter with 5th freedom traffic rights, twice a week.

Entebbe, Uganda’s principle aviation gateway will get daily flights with departures from Dubai International Airport (DXB) depending on traffic days varying between 07.55 hrs to as late as 16.10 hrs with two of the daily flights returning directly to Dubai, on Wednesday and Sunday while the other flights will route on to Burundi and Rwanda before commencing the return journey via Entebbe.

Flights to Bujumbura, the capital of Burundi, will route via Entebbe and can uplift passengers and cargo under traffic rights granted and operate every Tuesday and Friday. Fly Dubai will be the first Gulf carrier expanding to Burundi, a bonus no doubt for the East Africa Community’s smallest country with the least flight connections of the five member states.

Flights to Kigali will also route via Entebbe but without traffic rights between the two airports. This is the first entry into Rwanda of a UAE based airline, though Qatar Airways has been operating daily flights for a while now. In turn is RwandAir also flying daily from Kigali to Dubai, with some flights routing via Mombasa. Kigali flights operate every Monday, Thursday and Saturday.

The full schedule and fares from Dubai are shown below:

Flight Details:
Entebbe, Uganda
flydubai will operate daily flights between Dubai and Entebbe starting from 27 September 2014.

Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays: FZ621 is scheduled to depart Dubai International Terminal 2 at 16:10hrs local time, arriving into Entebbe International Airport at 20:30hrs local time.

FZ622 is scheduled to depart Entebbe International Airport on the following day at 01:30hrs local time, landing at Dubai International Terminal 2 at 08:05hrs local time.

Tuesdays and Fridays: FZ623 is scheduled to depart Dubai International Terminal 2 at 12:20hrs local time, arriving into Entebbe International Airport at 16:40hrs local time.

FZ624 is scheduled to depart Entebbe International Airport at 22:10hrs local time, landing at Dubai International Terminal 2 at 04:35hrs local time.

Sundays: FZ619 is scheduled to depart Dubai International Terminal 2 at 09:55hrs local time, arriving into Entebbe International Airport at 14:15hrs local time.

FZ620 is scheduled to depart Entebbe International Airport at 15:15hrs local time, landing at Dubai International Terminal 2 at 21:50hrs local time.

Wednesdays: FZ619 is scheduled to depart Dubai International Terminal 2 at 07:55hrs local time, arriving into Entebbe International Airport at 12:15hrs local time.

FZ620 is scheduled to depart Entebbe International Airport at 13:15hrs local time, landing at Dubai International Terminal 2 at 19:50hrs local time.

Round trip fares
Economy Class return fares from Dubai to Entebbe will start at AED1,600 including 20kg checked baggage, while Business Class return fares will start at AED6,500 and are inclusive of all taxes and 40kg checked baggage.

Bujumbura, Burundi via Entebbe

flydubai will operate two flights a week between Dubai and Bujumbura via Entebbe starting from 30 September 2014.

Tuesdays and Fridays: FZ623 is scheduled to depart Dubai International Terminal 2 at 12:20hrs local time, arriving into Bujumbura International Airport at 17:55hrs local time with a one-hour stopover in Entebbe.

FZ624 is scheduled to depart Bujumbura International Airport at 18:55hrs local time, landing at Dubai International Terminal 2 at 04:35hrs local time with a one-hour stopover in Entebbe.

Round trip fares
Economy Class return fares from Dubai to Bujumbura will start at AED1,500 including 20kg checked baggage, while Business Class return fares will start at AED5,800 and are inclusive of all taxes and 40kg checked baggage.

Kigali, Rwanda via Entebbe

flydubai will operate three flights a week between Dubai and Kigali via Entebbe starting from 27 September 2014.

Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays: FZ621 is scheduled to depart Dubai International Terminal 2 at 16:10hrs local time, arriving into Kigali International Airport at 21:30hrs local time with a one-hour stopover in Entebbe.

FZ622 is scheduled to depart Kigali International Airport at 22:30hrs local time, landing at Dubai International Terminal 2 at 08:05hrs local time with a one-hour stopover in Entebbe.

Round trip fares
Economy Class return fares from Dubai to Kigali will start at AED1,300 including 20kg checked baggage, while Business Class return fares will start at AED4,500 and are inclusive of all taxes and 40kg checked baggage.

Said Ghaith Al Ghaith, CEO of Fly Dubai, when announcing the addition of destinations 78, 79 and 80 to the network of the LCC: ‘We are delighted to announce the launch of three new East African destinations which also sees flydubai become the first national carrier from the UAE to fly to Rwanda and Burundi, underlining our commitment to opening up underserved markets. We have announced 17 new destinations since the start of 2014, matching the total number of destinations flydubai launched last year. We look forward to continuing to expand our network as we remain committed to supporting Dubai’s trade and tourism sectors’.

Flight operations will commence in late September and all flights will offer both business and economy class. As and when it will be Happy Landings to crews and passengers and a warm welcome no doubt to Entebbe, Kigali and Bujumbura. For added information click on www.flydubai.com

Kreol Magazine Issue 10

Keen to read and learn more about what I call the Kreol Nation? Here you go, the latest news from around the Kreol world courtesy
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Welcome to Issue 10

If we recognise a face while clicking through channels on TV, many of us will stop and listen. Celebrities exude a positive aura and people like them (in most cases). Their persona appeals. Usher Terry Raymond IV, Usher to you and me, is Kreol’s cover feature. Usher is, undoubtedly, one of the world’s best-known and successful singers and songwriters. Born and raised in the American South, Usher’s roots trace to the Creole Culture of Haiti. Usher is one of many who, after attaining “celebrity” status, engaged in philanthropy. Dwight Yorke, “The Smiling Assassin” of football fame, rose from abject poverty in Trinidad & Tobago, using his talent to build an international career in footballer (aka soccer). Now retired, Dwight Yorke’s new career is “giving back to society”.

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Read how he achieved his goals in life and the path he followed.

Philip J Pierre- Building a New St. Lucia, One Person at a Time.

A Woman of Action- Michelle A. Vallot.

BélO – Promoting Haiti through Song.

Revisiting- 12 Years a Slave.

Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne- On a Mission to Protect and Enhance Louisiana’s Brand.

Peter Sinon- Minister for Natural Resources of the Republic of Seychelles.

Sydney Williams – A Story of Mr. El Sid O.

Chris Ardoin- His Amazing Zydeco Music.

Craig Jones The Dreadlocked Welshman.

Dwight Yorke – From a Life of Abject Poverty to Wealthy Footballer: Efforts to Give Back.

Aloun Ndbomet-Assamba- Showcasing Jamaica to Europeans.

Sanovnik Destang- The Rise of St. Lucia’s Newest Entrepreneur.

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Haiti- An unknown and undiscovered Caribbean Treasure.

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In Uganda right now? Be ready to be counted!

STAND UP AND BE COUNTED – UGANDA CENSUS 2014 UNDERWAY

(Posted 29th August 2014)

A ten day long census started yesterday across Uganda to obtain updated population data, conducted by the Uganda Bureau of Statistics. Ugandan citizens, residents but even tourist and business visitors from abroad who are in country at present are due to be counted, the former in their places of residence and the latter in their hotels or lodges, wherever the enumerators catch up with them. This correspondent too was counted on the first day of the exercise, not standing up but sitting down, as was his domestic staff after the local LC 1 Chairman had made arrangements to be among the first in the sub parish to be visited by the team assigned to the area, either a sign of prominence or perhaps just because it is known that frequent travel might otherwise prevent the capture of the relevant household details the census is supposed to obtain.

Questions about the availability of a stand by generator caused laughter, cognizant of the fact how national electricity distributor UMEME delivers, or often not delivers services, as was the question if there was salt and soap in the house, if food crops were grown in the garden and where the water used in the residence came from. Additional questions about the number of rooms in the house, the roofing material used – in this case the classic ‘mabati’ or corrugated iron sheets – the number of phones, mobile and land lines as well as the number of TV and radio sets had to be answered to complete the four A1 sized pages in the book the census staff carried. Of course there were also questions about academic qualifications, the type of work one was doing – there was no provision however for travelling writers so I ended up as a mere academic – the source of household income and the years lived in the country and at the location, a reminder how decades race by.

Tourists in hotels and lodges will be asked a different set of questions but being counted will also help to get added base data helpful for tourism planners and the industry at large. Overall did the exercise get off to a good start, in some places a little late as the materials were still enroute to the enumerators but given that the nationwide census runs until the 06th of September, there is plenty of time for the 80.000+ enumerators UBOS had recruited to complete the full count.

152 young Ugandans get scholarships from the Madhvani Foundation

MULJIBHAI MADHVANI FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS TOP 150

(Posted 29th August 2014)

A selection process spanning over 3 months and dealing with thousands of applications by Ugandan students earlier in the week concluded as the work of the scholarship selection committee of the Madhvani Foundation came to a close this year. The Trustees then announced that 152 scholarship awards for the year 2014/15 have been made, worth some 650 million Uganda Shillings, the highest such scholarship fund award any company in Uganda is making, and is making it year after year.

In a statement issued by the Foundation did Mr. Anthony Butele the Chairman Scholarship Committee say the foundation has always looked to bring hope to the economically challenged but academically talented students of Uganda. He advised the successful candidates to come with proof of identification at the Madhvani Foundation Offices, Industrial Area to collect their Scholarship Award letters after 10th September 2014 between 09.00 hrs and 16.00 hrs.

Commenting on this year’s scholarship analysis, Mr. Iyengar, the Corporate Secretary for the Madhvani Group noted that ‘The Eastern region has for the second year running dominated the scholarship awards with the male applicants beating their female counterparts with 68% of the total scholarships. Makerere University on the other hand will absorb the highest number of beneficiaries while Engineering and Medicine topped the courses’. Mr. Iyengar went on to tell all academically bright but economically challenged students from across the country to take advantage of this opportunity that is provided annually by the Madhvani Foundation.

The Madhvani Foundation scholarship programme is aimed at benefiting Ugandans pursuing either undergraduate or graduate studies at University level in Uganda and has been in operation since the 2003/04 academic year. The Foundation is a two time winner (2011 and 2012) of the prestigious Patrice Lumumba award by the Ugandan Universities Union of Guild Parliaments.

A number of students will also be able to take course in tourism and environment related subjects, befitting as the Madhvani Group’s Marasa Africa hospitality business is Uganda’s leading safari lodge operator and also owns and manages three of Kenya’s most popular lodges, The Ark, The Aberdare Country Club and the Mara Leisure Camp.

Well done to the winning students and all the best for the courses over the next years.

For added information about the foundation’s scope and objectives click on www.madhvanifoundation.com

More flights announced for Lokichar already

MORE CONNECTIONS TO LOKICHAR AS SAFARILINK COMMENCES FLIGHTS IN 10 DAYS

(Posted 29th August 2014)

Safarilink, Kenya’s premier safari airline, will add flights to Lokichar effective 08th September.

An announcement received from the airline informs their clients and public at large that the flight will leave Wilson Airport and then route via Lokichar to Lodwar, opening up Northern Kenya and in particular the oil exploration areas which have of late sprung to prominence after the opening of the new airfield in Lokichar.

The new route complements the airline’s destinations in Lamu, Ukunda and across most of Kenya’s national parks where daily and multiple daily flights leave Wilson every morning and afternoon to provide easy access and save time otherwise spent on long road journeys. Safarilink operates out of their new premises right next to the Wilson Airport main security checkpoint for passengers and offers superior facilities with wireless access in their departure lounge, cafeteria services and great views to the apron, taxi and runways of the airport, showing a the wide variety of aircraft which call on what has often been described as Africa’s busiest small airport. Safarilink’s fleet comprises 10 Cessna C208B Grand Caravans, one DHC 6-300 Twin Otter and one Dash 8, all suitable to fly into most airfields across the country. The airline became Kenya’s first carbon neutral air operation as a result of cooperating with the Bill Woodley Mt. Kenya Trust and also supports the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy and the Colobus Trust at Diani.

For added information click on www.flysafarilink.com

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