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TBS Africa Joins the Visegrad Group – V4 (Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland & Slovakia) and the Ministry of Environment for Tree🌲Planting Exercise in commemorating Earth Day 2021 in Abuja, FCT.

The Visegrad Group (also known as the “Visegrad Four” or simply “V4”) reflects the efforts of the countries of the Central European region to work together in a number of fields of common interest within the all-European integration. Czechia, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia have always been part of a single civilization sharing cultural and intellectual values and common roots in diverse religious traditions, which they wish to preserve and further strengthen.

The Earth Day is an international event celebrated around the world to pledge support for environmental protection.

The year 2021 marks the 51st anniversary of the annual celebrations. This year’s theme for Earth Day is ‘Restore Our Earth’.

    In 2009, the United Nations designated April 22 as ‘International Mother Earth Day’.

Oyo State government has expressed shock over the death of the National President of the Federation of Tourism Association of Nigeria, Alhaji Saleh Kareem Rabo, who died over the weekend and has been buried according to Islamic rites.

The State Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Dr. Wasiu Olatubosun disclosed this on Monday in a Press release made available to newsmen, describing the late Rabo as a team player and a great contributor to the success of building the tourism sector in Nigeria.

Olatubosun hinted that the contributions of the deceased in making tourism and an alternative revenue generation option outside petroleum in the country would be sorely missed.

“Unto every human, there is death, but we pray the Lord Almighty to repose the spirit of late Alhaji Saleh Kareem Rabo, who has contributed so much towards uplifting the tourism industry.

“His life and death should be a big lesson to us all that we are all tourists in this world, whatever we do, wherever we go and whoever we meet will be the imprint or mark that we shall leave to history to judge us.”

Olatubosun called on FTAN members in Oyo State and Nigeria to uphold the lofty ideals that the late President of the association believed in and work aassiduosly towards achieving the goal of the positioning tourism as a viable industry and an alternative to oil and gas in Nigeria.

Amman – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) urged governments in Africa and the Middle East (AME) to implement alternatives to quarantine on arrival that would allow economies to re-start while avoiding the importation of COVID-19 cases.

Government-imposed quarantine measures in 36 countries across Africa and the Middle East (AME) account for 40% of all quarantine measures globally. With over 80% of travelers unwilling to travel when quarantine is required, the impact of these measures is that countries remain in lockdown even if their borders are open.

“It is critical that AME governments implement alternatives to quarantine measures. AME has the highest number of countries in the world with government-imposed quarantine measures on arriving passengers. The region is effectively in complete lockdown with the travel and tourism sector shuttered. This is detrimental in a region where 8.6 million people depend on aviation for their livelihoods,” said Muhammad Albakri, IATA’s Regional Vice President for Africa and the Middle East.

IATA proposes a layering of measures to protect public health while re-starting aviation, focused in two areas:

  • Reducing the risk of imported cases via travelers
    • Discouraging symptomatic passengers from traveling with airlines offering flexibility to passengers who need to adjust their schedule.
    • Public health risk mitigation measures such as health screening by governments in the form of health declarations.
    • COVID-19 testing for travelers from countries perceived to be “higher-risk” when accurate and fast testing is available at scale.
  • Mitigating Risk in Cases Where an Infected Person Does Travel
  • Reducing the risk of transmission during the air travel journey with the implementation of the Take-Off guidelines published by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
  • Contact tracing to efficiently isolate any traveler who may become symptomatic and infectious after arrival.
  • Reducing risk of transmission at destination through overall government measures to fight the virus.

“Implementing a layered approach should give governments the confidence to open borders without quarantine, and passengers the confidence to fly. Air connectivity is critical to economic and sustainable development in and across AME,” said Albakri.

Effect of COVID-19 on AME 

Economies across AME have been devastated by COVID-19, and the aviation industry has been especially hard-hit. Across the region, more than 8.6 million jobs in the airline industry and those businesses supported by aviation are at risk. Thousands of jobs have already been lost due to the shutdown of air traffic.

The latest assessment from IATA Economics shows that the outlook at national level has worsened for major aviation markets in the region since April. For example, the passenger numbers, airline revenue and jobs at risk impacts for the four biggest AME markets have declined across every metric:

South Africa
-14.5 million
-15.61 million
-3.02 billion
-3.2 billion
– 251,100
-4.7 million
-5.32 million
-0.99 billion
-1.1 billion
– 125,400
-3.5 million
-3.75 million
-0.73 billion
-0.8 billion
– 193,300
– 207,800
-2.5 million
-2.62 million
-0.43 billion
-0.5 billion
– 530,400
Saudi Arabia
-35 million
-36.41 million
-7.2 billion
-7.4 billion
– 299,200
-31 million
-32.33 million
-6.8 billion
-7.1 billion
– 378,700
– 392,900
-13 million
-13.79 million
-1.66 billion
-2.3 billion
– 205,560
– 297,200
-3.6 million
-1.32 million
-1.7 billion
-1.7 billion
– 53,640
– 72,700
-3.5 million
-3.78 million
-0.7 billion
-0.7 billion
– 34,000
– 36,660

Download the full list of selected Africa countries (pdf) full list of selected Middle East countries (pdf)

See AME Media Briefing presentation by Muhammad Ali Albakri, IATA Regional Vice President for Africa & the Middle East

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