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  9 March 2015 Issue 164 - Freedom to Travel, Tour and Trade

 

 

 

 

Ghana introduces visa-on-arrival for citizens of AU Member States

 
The Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, has welcomed Ghana’s deision to introduce a visa-on-arrival policy for citizens of African Union Member States.
The President of Ghana, H.E. John Dramani Mahama, announced the decision in his State of the Nations address to the Ghanaian Parliament on 25 February 2016.
“With effect from July this year, we will be allowing citizens of AU Member States to enter - our country and obtain visas on arrival with the option to stay for up to thirty days and experience what our country has to offer. This measure, with time, should stimulate air travel, trade, investment and tourism”, President Mahama said in his address, highlighting the importance of facilitating the mobility of people to unlock Africa’s economic potential.
 
 

Ethiopia and Rwanda sign open skies agreement

 
Ethiopia and Rwanda on the recently reached open skies agreement.
The open-skies agreement would allow the national airlines of both countries to operate freely, with no limitations in the airspace of the other.
The airspace agreement, reached last week under the Fifth Freedom Rights Act and signed between the Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority and the Rwanda Civil Aviation Authority, allows aircrafts from either country to carry passengers to the other, and to a third country with no limits or tariffs.
The initiative is likely to boost operations for both countries and thus yielding major gains on revenue.
 
 
 
 

Travel to India - Online application granted through email

 
The Government of India announced extension of additional countries for providing e-Tourist Visa (e-TV) service. With this addition, the total number of countries under the scheme will become 150.
To the latest addition, announced on 25 February, 2015, citizens of South Africa and Lesotho will be able to avail of the e-TV services. International Travelers, whose sole objective of visiting India is recreation, sightseeing, casual visit to meet friends or relatives, short duration medical treatment or casual business visit may apply for e-TV.
Citizens of the Republic of South Africa and Lesotho can apply online for e-TV (twice a year, each visit not exceeding 30 days, visa duration non-extendable) which shall be granted through email.
The applicant can travel to India only through 16 designated international airports (Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Bangalore, Chennai, Gaya, Jaipur, Kochin, Lucknow, Delhi, Goa, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, Thiruvananthapuram, Thiruchirapalli and Varanasi).
 
 

World Culture Festival in New-Delhi to unite 3.5 million people

 
The 3-day festival is a celebration of cultural diversity and Art of Living’s 35 years of service to humanity organized by The Art of Living, a UN accredited global NGO, the
‘World Culture Festival' (WCF) is set to take place from 11-13 March 2016 in India’s capital and expected to host millions from over 155 countries.
In what is believed to be a historic gathering to celebrate peaceful co-existence and unity in diversity, the World Culture Festival will bring together people from different cultures, nations, and faiths as a one-world family in a resounding message of peace.
Speaking on the occasion, Art of Living founder and renowned international peace ambassador Sri Sri Ravi Shankar says, "We are a part of one humanity and we express ourselves differently through music, art and food. Celebrating our diverse cultures binds us together and expands our perspectives. The World Culture Festival emphasizes on coexistence,
demonstrating the power of peace by bringing millions of people together. It is an opportunity for world leaders from cultural, social, political, business fields to come together to rekindle human values in the pursuit of happiness and peace."
 

South Africa at Oslo Travel Expo

 
Ambassador Zondo and the Oslo Mission participated in the annual Oslo Travel Expo 15-17 January 2016, which gathered 600 travel exhibitors and approximately 40 000 visitors over the time span of a weekend in Norway’s snow-drenched capital.
Oslo Travel Expo – Telenor Arena has become one of the most popular and important international meeting place for the travel industry worldwide, and it is hence the ideal platform for promoting South Africa to a large and travel eager Scandinavian audience.
The Oslo Mission had a beautifully decorated stand with stunning images of the rainbow nation as well as flags and artifacts and an array of promotional material consisting of maps, DVDS and leaflets.
The stand received a lot of positive attention as well as a solid stream of pleasant visits from potential tourists to South Africa, and the staff provided information, inspiration and insights to a large number of globetrotters.
The SA Embassy also got the opportunity to showcase SA culture through a beautiful musical performance.
 


Ghana Celebrate's its 59th Independence Anniversary

  
The 6th of March every year serves as an opportune moment for Ghana to recall her rich historical background, passage through the diverse challenges of nationhood and nation-building and her success as a democratic country, said His Excellency Mr. Kwesi Ahwoi, High Commissioner (HC) of the Republic of Ghana to South Africa at a reception held at the residency in Pretoria, South Africa to commemorate Ghana’s 59th Independence Anniversary.
Ghana, today, is recognized as one of Africa’s fastest growing economies, a dynamic business hub for West Africa and as a peaceful, democratic nation.
High Commissioner Ahwoi(centre), Mrs Ahwoi and Minister Bathabile Dlamini of Social Development for South Africa pictured cutting the Independence cake.
“President John Mahama is progressively moving our dear nation towards a sure target of sustainable economic and social development, whilst committing Ghana’s support to common values in the furtherance of nation states,” acknowledged HC Ahwoi in his remarks.
HC Ahwoi stated that as   Ghanaians their mantra has always been Ubuntu as endorsed by Dr Kwame Nkrumha in a statement in his independence message of 1957, “Independence of Ghana is meaningless unless it is linked up with the total liberation of Africa”.

 

 
 

 

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ASSHO Afghanistan a Partner in Peace and Development

 
Conflict devastates human life and societies. Transition from war to peace possess great challenges. Since 2015, Afghanistan Solidarity for Social & Humanity Organization (ASSHO) a leading non-profit organisation(NGO) is working with local, international and government affiliations that enhances the capacities of community-based organizations(CBOs) by providing conflict sensitive development and humanitarian relief in a country that is ravaged by a brutal civil war.
This month the Founding Chairman for (ASSHO), Mr. Hidayat Jan sat down for an exclusive interview with The Diplomatic Society Global Editor, Srimal Fernando to speak about the positive role played by ASSHO Afghanistan in shaping the social lives of people in the country. Mr Hidayat Jan said “Ending the conflict and peace building in Afghanistan is necessary for sustainable development. The transition from war to peace is a complex process. We need to build capacities to provide conflict sensitive development and humanitarian relief to the people of our country. ASSHO plays a critical role in that country's conflict resolution had increased its outreach to all the Provinces of Afghanistan through our large network of volunteers. We have strong roots in the community and are working as an umbrella organization for a number of Community Organizations (COs), Interest Groups and Civil Society Organizations”.
 

 

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