Etihad Aviation Group (EAG) and its equity airline partners will support almost 425,000 jobs and are expected to contribute US$3.6 billion GDP to the African economy in 2016, as Abu Dhabi becomes a key hub for business travel both into and out of the continent.
A report released by leading international research organisation Oxford Economics Group reveals that EAG and its partners make a substantial contribution to economic prosperity in Africa and throughout the global economy providing vital connections between leading commercial centres and emerging markets.
EAG and its partners will deliver a core economic contribution of US$1.1 billion and a tourism contribution of US$2.5 billion, said the report. In turn, they will support 117,000 jobs through core operations, with another 308,000 jobs supported through the tourism contribution.
In 2016, Etihad Airways operates services to 117 passenger and cargo destinations around the world, and is expected to carry 19 million passengers on over 100,000 flights, among which almost 8,300 flights will be to and from Africa serving some 1.1 million passengers in the continent.
Since launching its first service to Egypt in 2004, Etihad Airways has expanded its operations across the African continent with the opening up of outstations in a further eight countries including South Africa, Morocco, Libya, Sudan, Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda and Tanzania.
The core contribution of US$1.1 billion includes the impact of EAG’s global operations, its capital spending in Africa, and the operational impact of its partners. Among this, EAG’s global operations alone will make a US$400 million contribution to the economy and sustain 39,700 jobs in 2016, mainly through purchases of products and services from African-based suppliers.
James Hogan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Aviation Group, said: “Many jobs across the supply chain in hotels, ground transport companies, freight forwarders, catering, manufacturing, and throughout the tourism industry, all benefit from the presence of the Etihad Aviation Group, with suppliers in these sectors creating tremendous employment opportunities for emerging markets such as Africa.
“These contributions to economies in Africa are substantial. They are also an indication of the continued increase in travel into and out of Africa via our hub in Abu Dhabi, signalling the possibility for even more growth and prosperity across the continent in the future.”
The economic contribution of tourism facilitated by Etihad Airways and its partners is also quantified in the report. The spending of the 1.1 million international visitors carried into Africa on Etihad Airways and its partners’ flights in 2016 will leave a considerable economic footprint. This is estimated to contribute US$2.5 billion in GDP for the continent, supporting some 308,000 jobs. By 2024, the number of visitor arrivals carried into Africa by Etihad Airways and its partners is projected to rise to over 3.2 million. As a result, the GDP contribution grows to US$5.6 billion, sustaining 596,000 jobs in the continent’s economy.
In addition to the economic contribution, the report also recognises the positive economic impact of the air connectivity Etihad Airways and its partners bring to the continent. Together, Etihad Airways and its partners will provide a boost to African productivity equivalent to US$1.1 billion in 2016. This level of activity is equivalent to 72,200 jobs in the economy. The productivity boost rises to US$2.2 billion by 2024, equating to an estimated 145,000 jobs.
EAG was established in 2014 and comprises four business divisions – Etihad Airways, Etihad Engineering, Hala Group and Airline Equity Partners. The group owns minority investments in seven airlines: airberlin, Air Serbia, Air Seychelles, Alitalia, Jet Airways, Virgin Australia, and Swiss-based Darwin Airline, trading as Etihad Regional.
Mr Hogan said: “Our partners play a vital role in driving our business in Africa. Thanks to their networks and infrastructure, we have been able to service Africa more efficiently. Our investment in partner airlines has driven our growth around the world and in Africa.”
MTN CEO PAYS COURTESY VISIT TO KING OF TORO DR. RUKIRABASAIJA OYO KABAMBA IGURU RUKIDI IV.
MTN Uganda, led by the CEO Wim Vanhelleputte, at the weekend, paid a courtesy visit to the King of Toro, His Royal Highness Dr. Rukirabasaija Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi IV at his majestic palace, the Karuzika, overlooking Fort Portal town.
The CEO was on a three day visit to the Western Region to oversee MTN trade activities, visit key stakeholders and to officiate at the handover of the Out-patient ward of Kabarole Hospital refurbished by the MTN Foundation.
Wim was received at the Palace by the Minister of Planning in the Tooro Kingdom, Mr. Levi Musinguzi who offered the MTN guests a guided tour of the palace, while sharing important information on the Kingdom’s history, artifacts, various cultural practices and norms. He also showed off Toro Kingdom landmarks such as the Tooro Kingdom Parliament, viewed in the distance from the Palace.
Later, His Royal Highness King Oyo warmly welcomed the MTN team to the Kingdom of Tooro. While congratulating MTN on its 20 year anniversary, he also acknowledged the development the company has caused throughout the country since it started its operations.
“I thank you especially for giving the youth various opportunities for employment both directly and indirectly through your services. The youth, as you may be aware, form a greater percentage of our population. They are the back bone of this nation,” said the King, while noting that part of the MTN guests were youth.
CEO Wim conveyed warm greetings to the King on behalf of the entire MTN Uganda management and staff.
“The MTN leadership team was in the Tooro sub region for a visit to the MTN traders. We conduct these countrywide trade visits regularly to check on the performance of MTN,” Wim explained. Adding, “While here, we held strategy meetings, visited our dealers and crowned our visit with a corporate social responsibility activity at Kabarole Hospital where the MTN Foundation handed over a refurbished Out Patient Ward and donated hospital equipment.”
Noting the good performance of MTN in the region, Wim said, “We are working closely with the Tooro Prime Minister to seek ways in which MTN Uganda can forge a stronger partnership and actively collaborate with the Kingdom to support her various developmental projects for the benefit of her subjects and the entire Toro Sub region.”
King Oyo welcomed the partnership, while extending a special invitation to MTN to participate in the activities leading up to Tooro Kingdom’s coronation anniversary “Empaango” celebrations scheduled for 8th September 2018.
At the end of the visit, CEO Wim caused excitement when he led the team in prostrating before King Oyo. The King gave the CEO Wim ‘Acaali’ as his ‘empaako’ or pet name.
Eddy Kenzo lands mega tourism deal
BET International award winning artiste Eddy Kenzo is in for big things this year.
The star who rose to international recognition thanks to his ‘Sitya Loss’ jam has landed a mega tourism deal with Uganda Wildlife authority as the official ambassador for tourism in Uganda and the world.
The deal comes hot on the heels of a similar deal that he had in Kenya where he was charged with promoting tourism in the popular tourist destination for many international visitors.
While announcing the new appointment, Uganda wildlife through their Twitter handle said that it was an exciting moment for them to announce Kenzo as their new representative. They also noted that Kenzo will unleash to the world Uganda’s unique wildlife and promote Uganda’s tourism destinations.
An ecstatic Kenzo then revealed that he is going to do his best to make sure that he sales Uganda to the world. He said; ‘I will work hand in hand with all the different tourism departments to promote our country and it’s tourism attractions.’
Well done Eddy Kenzo. Keep the Ugandan flag flying high.
MTN Uganda revamps Kabarole Hospital, donates hospital equipment
MTN Uganda Foundation has handed over the revamped out-patient department (OPD) block of Kabarole Hospital Church of Uganda (C.O.U) and donated hospital equipment to benefit hundreds of patients who frequent one of Western Uganda’s busiest public hospitals.
During the handover ceremony, 10 hospital beds, 10 hospital mattresses, 10 hospital blankets and 10 mosquito nets were received by officials from the Ministry of Health and Kabarole Hospital.
This activity was done as part of the corporate social responsibility efforts of MTN Uganda carried out by its humanitarian arm, the MTN Uganda Foundation.
Speaking at the event, the MTN senior leadership was excited by the potential impact the donation will make to bring about long lasting change to Ugandans through provision of health care equipment.
“As part of the Access to Health Care initiative project, it is our aim as MTN Uganda to support the delivery of better quality health services to all across Uganda through the provision of hospital equipment” said MTN Uganda’s CEO, Wim Vanhelleputte, who was in Fort Portal to officiate at the event.
Access to quality health services is enshrined in the Goal Number 3 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The nine goals were developed in order to direct the path for development around the world.
According to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the third SDG is “Good health and well-being” which targets “access to quality essential health-care services” for all.
“Our donation today is small but will go a long way to assist each and every patient who comes here to get better treatment by ensuring their stay here is made as comfortable as possible in order to aid their full healing and recovery” said MTN Uganda’s CEO, Wim Vanhelleputte.
The Senior Manager Corporate Affairs at MTN Uganda, Ms. Justina Ntabgoba-Kayemba, praised the work done by the staff of Kabarole Hospital, which has been in existence for almost 115 years, in delivery of health services to residents of Fort Portal.
“We congratulate the Kabarole Hospital staff for the great work done towards provision of outreach services, core clinical services, community health services and medical operational services. This donation will rejuvenate them to carry out their duties better”, she said.
The Medical Superintendent Kabarole Hospital, Mr. Edward Mugisha noted that the donation will enable the private-not- for-hospital become more self-sustaining and deliver affordable healthcare.
“The hospital is reliant on donor funding but this has been declining. The funds are used to cover utilities and provide for the staff leaving less money for us to finance our several infrastructure projects. This donation and renovation frees some resources to ensure we deliver affordable healthcare.”
The event was part of various corporate social responsibility activities carried out by MTN Uganda Foundation whose main objective is to improve the quality of life in communities across the country by supporting and implementing sustainable projects in education, health, art and sciences, sports and other national priorities.
Last month, Valery Okecho, Corporate Communications Manager, handed over 30 beds, 30 mattresses, 30 bedsheets, 30 blankets and 30 mosquito nets to the State Minister for Health (General Duties) Hon. Sarah Opendi and the Commissioner of Curative Services in the Ministry of Health Dr. Jackson Amone. The donations were given to benefit the services of Bwera Hospital in Kasese.
The MTN Uganda Foundation Access to Health Initiative (AHI) will see 500 hospital beds, 500 mattresses, 500 blankets and 500 nets be given out to hospitals around the country.
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