Minister Challenges African Airlines To Be Key To Integration

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The Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry (MOTI),Nii Lamptey Vanderpuye, has challenged African airline operator to help speed up the integration of the Continent.

According to the Minister travelling from one African country to the other for business is cumbersome and sometimes one has to connect flights in Europe before reaching an African country.

This, he said is “hampering our integration and African Airlines should take up this challenges to make doing business in Africa much faster and less costive’.

Mr Vanderpuye made this comments when he visiting Mauritius Trade delegation paid a farewell call on him last Friday at his office.
The Deputy Minister lauded Mauritius for the significant improvement in the textile industry and looked for greater collaboration between the two countries.

He said unity of purpose has been the cornerstone of African unity, and we need to depend on “ourselves as a continent to develop at a much faster pace. We all have the urge to do business among ourselves to transform ourselves as a giant and not to allow Africa to be the dumping grounds of shoddy goods’’.

‘If we trade among ourselves as a continent, we stand the chance to be the beacon of an economic giant in the world’, the Deputy Minister revealed.

He posited that the continent requires free movement of goods and services and the time has come to remove all barriers that hamper integration.
In his remarks, Mr Xavier Luc-Vuval, the Vice Prime Minister said their visit has yielded the dividends.

He said the objective of their visit was to exploit business opportunities in Ghana, as the country is a safe haven for business.

The Vice Prime Minister was of the view that, visa requirements for African business community should be looked at since there are a whole lot of Mauritius business people who would like to do business in Ghana but for the stringent visa requirements.

Mr Vuval was optimistic the cooperation agreement signed with the Ghanaian counterparts will work for the mutual benefit of the two countries.
Ambassador Azad Dhomuu also added that as a matter of urgency Regional Airlines should be introduced to cut the cumbersome travel arrangements which makes it a disincentive in doing business in Africa.

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