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Source: The Department of Trade and Industry, South Africa |

South Africa Government Committed To Supporting Players in Fuel Cell Industry

Fuel cell buses present an opportunity for South Africa to play a role in reducing global greenhouse gas emissions and improving quality of life

The South African government is committed to supporting efforts of all stakeholders in opening the fuel cells market for the benefit of the country. This was said by the Chief Director of Primary Mineral Processing at the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti), Mr Tapiwa Samanga. He was speaking…

Source: The Department of Trade and Industry, South Africa |

The dti To Host Fuel Cell Bus Workshop in Cape Town

The purpose of the workshop is to provide a platform where South Africa can learn from the German experience with the successful roll-out of fuel cell bus pilots in various cities

Members of the media are invited to attended a fuel cell bus workshop that will be hosted by the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) in partnership with the German government in Cape Town. The workshop will be held under the theme Fuel Cell Bus – Unleashing Industrial Opportunities…

Source: The Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany - Windhoek |

Namibia and Germany Initial Merchant Shipping Agreement

This is bound to further strengthen and develop economic relations between the two countries and to promote Namibia’s transformation into a logistics hub for the Southern African region

On 31 January 2017, after two days of negotiations, government delegations of Germany and Namibia initialed a bilateral merchant shipping agreement in Windhoek. This is bound to further strengthen and develop economic relations between the two countries and to promote Namibia’s transformation into a logistics hub for the Southern African…

Source: flydubai |

flydubai announces 14.4% passenger growth to 10.4 million and profit of AED 31.6 million

Full-Year Results announced for the year ending 31 December 2016

Reports total profit for the year of AED 31.6 million (USD 8.6 million) Total revenue for the year reached AED 5 billion (USD 1.37 billion) for the 12-month period Carries record number of passengers (10.4 million) and sees 14.4% growth compared to the previous year flydubai (www.flydubai.com) has today announced…

Germany-Africa Business Forum
Source: Germany-Africa Business Forum |

Germany and African Countries Seek to Strengthen Trade and Investment Ties at First Ever Germany-Africa Business Forum

The Germany-Africa Business Forum seeks to “bridge the gap” by facilitating dialogue, business dealings and dynamic commercial and political interchange

Africa is a priority for German government in 2017 as it holds G20 presidency There is much consensus for building trade relations; Africa is world’s fastest growing region and German companies need to find new markets This year, Germany will host the first ever privately held event exclusively dedicated to…

Source: International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) |

Traffic growth and airline profitability were highlights of air transport in 2016

International scheduled passenger traffic: All regions, except for Africa and the Middle East, posted slower growth in than last year

Preliminary figures released today by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) indicated that the total number of passengers carried on scheduled services reached 3.7 billion in 2016, a 6.0 per cent increase over last year. The number of departures rose to approximately 35 million globally, and world passenger traffic, expressed…

Source: SITA |

Security Increasing Priority for Tech Investments by World’s Airports

SITA’s global survey also reveals airports’ move to make money from mobile

Airports are placing a higher priority on IT investments for passenger and airport security with 50% rating it a high priority, up from 37% last year. This is according to the 2016 Airport IT Trends Survey, the extensive annual study of IT trends within the global airport industry co-sponsored by…

Source: United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) |

Policy convergence can catalyse Central Africa’s transport interconnection

These are some of the salient points that that emerged from a high-level policy exchange organised by the UN Economic Commission for Africa today in the Congolese capital – Brazzaville

Central Africa’s transport interconnection problems are not a result of lack of expertise across countries but rather a manifestation of difficulties with inter-state coordination. And this considerably slows down efforts within the sub-region to achieve structural transformation – a process that cannot occur without fluidity in the movements of people…

Source: British High Commission - Lusaka |

UKaid provides vehicles for Zambia's social cash transfer programme

The Zambia Social Cash Transfer Programme provides Social Cash Transfers (SCT) to extremely poor and vulnerable households to improve their standard of living

Handing over 28 motor vehicles for the Social Cash Transfer Programme in Lusaka today, Bruce Lawson-McDowall, Head of UK’s Department for International Development Zambia, said: "The Cooperating Partners consider Social Protection as a cost efficient way to invest in the livelihoods of the most vulnerable households in the country and…

Source: United Nations (UN) |

Project for solar-powered electric boat transport in the Middle East and North Africa receives US$1 million UN Energy Grant

The project “Solar Fuelled Electric Maritime Mobility” by SINTEF, an independent non-profit research institute based in Norway, seeks to demonstrate the feasibility and the social, economic and environmental benefits of solar-fuelled electric boat transport in Tunisia and the wider region

A partnership working to promote solar-powered electric vessels in Tunisia and in the Middle East and North Africa was awarded the $1 million 2016 Energy Grant from the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affair (UN-DESA), it was announced today.   The project “Solar Fuelled Electric Maritime Mobility” by…