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Zambia’s aviation industry sets record with over 2m passengers in 2023

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The Zambia Airports Corporation Limited (ZACL) says the country’s aviation industry recorded a historic 2,056,312 passengers in 2023.

ZACL Acting Managing Director, Gillian Mazimba, who disclosed this while announcing the 2023 aviation industry performance in Lusaka on Wednesday, said this was the highest number of passengers recorded by the Corporation since its inception in 1989, despite the year being turbulent as a result of Covid-19.

Mazimba stated that the surge of passengers represented an increase of 24 per cent when compared to 1,653,077 passengers recorded in 2022 and a recovery to pre Covid-19 levels of 111 percent when compared to 1,850,715 passengers recorded in 2019.

“The highest recovery rate was at Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe International Airport at 123 percent and the least was at Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula International Airport at 60 percet recovery,” Mazimba said.

She further highlighted that international passengers recovered by 103 percent with Kenneth Kaunda International Airport (KKIA) recording the highest recovery of 115 percent.

According to Mazimba, the Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula International Airport which mainly served the tourism industry continued with a slow pace to recovery at only 45 percent.

“Nevertheless, this was an improvement when compared to a recovery of 39 percent recorded in 2022,” she said, adding that international passenger performance was driven by the complete removal of COVID-19 requirements by the Ministry of Health in March 2023.

“In addition to sporting events held in the country such as the Barcelona Legends vs Zambia Legends Exhibition Football Match in May 2023, as well as the hosting of various meetings and conferences which included the Summit for Democracy,” she added.

She said this was attributable to the hosting of the 16th Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) Business Forum, the 22nd Summit of COMESA Heads of State and the CANSO Africa Conference.

“Domestic passengers recovered by 140 percent with all airports surpassing pre COVID-19 passenger levels.

“In addition, the continued hosting of various meetings in Livingstone by professional bodies has continued to be a significant contributor to domestic passenger performance,” Mazimba added.

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Hardship: Nigerian govt to resume direct cash transfers to 12m citizens

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Nigeria’s Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister for the Economy, Wale Edun, has revealed that the federal government will resume direct transfer of cash to 12 million indigent citizens to cushion the hardship they are currently going through.

The minister, who made the announcement in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State in southern Nigeria on Wednesday during a retreat organised by the ministry, said the direct cash transfer would be for the poorest and most vulnerable Nigerians.

Edun said, presently, about three million Nigerians were recipients of the programmes but due to the escalating cost of living, the “government anticipates that an additional 12 million households could qualify for these direct payments.”

“The presidential panel on the social investment programmes have prepared to go to Mr. President with an internal recommendation to restart the direct payments to the poorest and the most vulnerable. Everything is being done to ease the pain,” Edun said.

“We know that there’s been about three million beneficiaries now, but given the way the rates have gone, there are probably another 12 million people, households that can benefit from that payment.”

He further noted that the expansion of the direct cash transfer is projected to reach a wider population who are currently struggling with the economic situation and to put more money directly in the hands of those who need it most, allowing them to prioritise their needs and alleviate poverty.

“The decision to inform the President of the Panel’s decision before the final report is completed is to keep the President abreast of developments,” he said.

“The only thing delaying that is not waiting for the end of the report. It is something that the intervention is meant to happen immediately.

“We have experts in technology, the commitment was to make sure that we use technology to ensure that we have a seamless payment, a seamless movement between the registered and the direct beneficiaries, without any manual processes in between. So it’s taking time to automate that process immediately that direct payment will resume.

“The goal is to put food, to put feed into the mill, into the market, in an attempt to drive down the cost of food and make food available. Right now, that is the key priority in terms of the fiscal side, in terms of the government side.

“History has shown, evidence has shown that when you pay someone directly, you put money in their hand. It reduces poverty because they decide where the shoe is pinching most.

“So it is a direct benefit, it has a direct effect on poverty. It alleviates, and there’s a commitment to immediately start that process. So that is, as far as these interventions are concerned and the landscape which we as a team are facing, we have a commitment to help to bring down inflation.

“Growing the economy, creating jobs and lifting millions and millions of Nigerians out of poverty, that’s the ultimate goal of President Bola Tinubu and his economic policies.”

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Zambian govt begs citizens in diaspora to help attract foriegn investment

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The Zambian government has called on its citizens in the diaspora to help in attracting foreign direct investment to the country in the face of the economic challenges the nation is going through.

Chief Government spokesperson, Cornelius Mweetwa, who made the appeal in Addis Ababa during a dinner hosted by Zambia’s Ambassador to Ethiopia, Rose Sakala, for the Zambian delegation that participated in the 37th African Union (AU) Ordinary Summit for Heads of State and Government, urged the diaspora citizens to portray Zambia’s image positively to the outside world so as to encourage foreign investors to invest in the country.

In a statement issued in Lusaka by the First Secretary for Press and Tourism at the Zambian mission in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, inutu Mwanza, Mweetwa who is also Zambia’s Minister for Information and Media, said Zambians living abroad are the country’s flag carriers who should ensure that the good image of the country was portrayed at all times.

“It is important for those working abroad to look out for available opportunities and best practices to make Zambia better,” Mweetwa said.

Also speaking, Minister of Education, Douglas Syakailma, who also attended the event, called for hard work among Zambians.

“The AU theme for the year 2024 on Education, provides an opportunity for the government to re-look at aspects of education that require more attention to improve the education system,” he said.

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