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NIGERIAN AIRPORTS SCHEDULED TO REOPEN FOR INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS ON AUGUST 29

Aviation Minister Hadi Sirika says four flights will begin landing daily in Lagos and four in Abuja.

Nigeria’s aviation minister has said the country will reopen its airports for international flights from August 29, introducing protocols to minimise the risk of COVID-19 infection.

Home to some 200 million people, Africa’s most populous country has registered 49,068 confirmed Coronavirus cases and 975 related deaths. Some 36,500 people have recovered so far.

Mr Hadid Sirika was quoted saying “(I am) Glad to announce the resumption of international flights from the 29th of August, 2020. Beginning with Lagos and Abuja as we did with the domestic flight resumption. Protocols and procedures will be announced in due course. We thank you for your patience.

Nigeria resumed domestic flights on July 8, and Sirika said there had been no confirmed coronavirus transmissions on flights.

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Source: Aljazeera, August 2020

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A Resilient Africa Will Continue to Rise Above the Covid-19 Crisis

Africa Day (25 May) is an annual opportunity to reflect on the progress we have made in driving socio-economic growth and development. But this year, it is a more sombre occasion as we try to understand the human and economic cost of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

However, some overwhelmingly good news is that Africa was already moving in a positive direction before the virus hit. For example, the African Continental Free Trade Area agreement promises to help drive higher levels of intracontinental trade. Rather than letting Covid-19 slow down implementation of this agreement, let’s continue to pick up the pace and create a more open trading environment for all African states.

We also call upon governments to speed up their efforts to make it easier to do business. This is key not only in the response to Covid-19, but also in diversifying economies beyond agriculture and mining to innovative sectors like media, IT and fintech. This can help African countries become more competitive, create jobs and grow the tax base.

It’s heartening to see how African businesses have shown true grit, community spirit and flexibility in their response to Covid-19. Whether it’s Kenyan startups producing personal protection equipment using 3D printing, or South African craft breweries using their equipment to make soup for the poor, African businesses are banding together, mobilising to fight the pandemic with the goal of emerging stronger from the crisis.

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Source: Biz Community, May 2020

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