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Uganda Airlines to give local suppliers preference in $95 million procurement spend

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Uganda Airlines is looking into measures to help local suppliers get a larger share of the $95 million it wants to spend on procurement during the 2024–2025 fiscal year. The funds will be divided between works, services, and supplies.

By the end of 2024, the national carrier anticipates reaching the 700,000 passenger mark thanks to increases in capacity and frequency on important routes. At the airline’s inaugural supplier event this week in Kampala, where local suppliers were briefed on both current and upcoming prospects at the flag carrier, the numbers were revealed.

In the five years that the airline has been in business, local contracts have paid out Ush120 billion ($32.3 million), according to Chief Executive Officer Jenifer Bamuturaki. The database of local suppliers has expanded to 200. She also bemoaned, meanwhile, the difficulties the airline has had maintaining consistency and quality, which has frequently compelled it to import goods that might be made domestically.

According to Ms Bamuturaki, local suppliers must consider being globally competitive for their expansion to assist the carrier’s cargo operations and domestic export market.

The demand for onboard consumables is rising as the airline expands its network and the number of passengers rises, according to her, with 90% of them coming from local vendors.

Uganda Airlines anticipates reporting 480,000 passengers flown during fiscal year 2023–2024, based on preliminary figures. Nonetheless, it is anticipated that there would be roughly 700,000 passengers in 2024.

The network, which currently has 13 destinations, is growing due to up-gauging aircraft on regional routes, increasing frequency on important routes, and network development. The airline expanded its fleet in May by adding a leased A320 with 156 seats.

In addition to making space for additional frequencies, the aircraft has allowed the carrier to meet the increasing demand on routes like Nairobi, Kinshasa, and Johannesburg.

Nairobi, which is now served sixteen times a week, will expand to two flights a week starting in July. That is three flights each day, six days a week, excluding Saturday. There will be six instead of five days per week in Kinshasa, and four more days of double daily flights in Juba, for a total of nine flights per week.

After severing ties with Zanzibar, Dar es Salaam will now run five flights per week instead of just one. Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar will now be combined, with three weekly flights between the two locations.

“We remain committed to working with you to expand the range of products that you can supply on competitive terms. But we also want you to grow with us by transforming into globally competitive companies that can supply quality products not just Uganda Airlines but the global legacy airlines.”

“But you will need to concentrate effort on improving quality across packaging, consistency in taste and supply,” Ms Bamuturaki said.

She further stated that because its suppliers will help fill the cargo capacity, the company—which plans to start a specialized freighter service—sees their success as essential to its sustainable expansion.

She also directed them toward new growth opportunities, such as planting feedstock for energy firms as the first step in the sustainable aviation fuel value chain.

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Dangote Group optimistic about boosting Nigeria’s falling currency with $30 billion revenue

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The $30 billion in income that Dangote Group plans to generate by the end of 2025, according to company President Aliko Dangote, will strengthen the naira. Dangote made the plan known during a Monday tour of Dangote Fertilizer Limited and Dangote Petroleum Refinery & Petrochemicals.

The plan signals a strategy to become independent from the Central Bank of Nigeria regarding foreign exchange sourcing.

The richest man in Africa stated that the substantial amount of foreign exchange that his companies are expected to bring into Nigeria will naturally increase the value of our local currency and restore the value of the naira in the global exchange market.

When the refinery started operating fully in 2024, its primary focus was on the refinement of intermediate products, including naphtha, polypropylene, RCO, gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel.

He clarified that in March 2024, the refinery began its steady-state production phase. Furthermore, he projected that by August, production will escalate to 500,000 barrels per day with 15 crude cargoes each month, reaching 550,000 bpd by the end of the year, and aiming for 650,000 bpd by the first quarter of 2025.

“Petrol production will commence in July with sales from August,” assured Dangote.

Additionally, he disclosed that the group plans to list Dangote Fertilizer Limited and Dangote Petroleum Refinery & Petrochemicals on the Nigerian Exchange Group in the first quarter of 2025.

He continued by saying that Nigerians would be allowed to take a stake in these businesses.

“Due to the nature of our business with both the refinery and the fertiliser, we are aiming to list them by the end of this year. However, depending on circumstances, worst-case scenario, we anticipate listing them before the end of the first quarter of next year. This will allow us to offer shares for sale and enable Nigerians to participate as shareholders,” Dangote stated.

At full capacity, the Dangote Refinery can process 650,000 barrels of oil per day, making it the largest single-train facility in both Africa and the globe.

Additionally, the largest granulated urea fertiliser factory in Africa is run by Dangote Fertiliser Limited. At the moment, the most capitalized firm in Nigeria is Dangote Cement.

He emphasized that the refinery would produce 53 million litres of gasoline and 1.1 million tonnes of diesel per day, although its total storage capacity is 4.5 billion litres, which is enough to meet Nigeria’s crude needs for 20 days and store products equal to 15 days’ worth of fuel.

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Tanzania eyes law to promote foreign investment

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The Tanzanian government has suggested changing its rules to give Tanzanians living abroad special status so they can open businesses in important, high-priority economic sectors to attract more foreign investment.

The government has introduced the Miscellaneous Amendments Bill 2024 to Parliament for discussion, aiming to offer special status to Tanzanians residing abroad so they can establish businesses in their home country, thereby relaxing its burdensome regulations and legislation.

Through the Diaspora Tanzanite card, Tanzanians living abroad will be eligible for inheritance rights and investment incentives under the proposed immigration law revisions.

Only citizens of Tanzania have been allowed to possess land and other properties. The Miscellaneous Amendments Act, 2024, was released on June 26 and suggests amending the Land Act, cap 113, and the Immigration Act, cap 54, to grant land occupancy titles to Tanzanians residing abroad.

Tanzania is one of the African nations with stringent immigration laws and restrictions on property ownership rights that are placed on foreign nationals and residents who hold dual citizenship.

Before this, President Samia Suluhu Hassan had pledged to examine the Immigration Act. During her six-day official visit to Seoul in June, she addressed Tanzanians living in South Korea and promised her government would make sure Tanzanians living abroad would receive special treatment, including the opportunity to settle in Tanzania without having to go through a laborious visa application process.

As of 2018, the manufacturing sector in Tanzania attracted the greatest concentration of foreign direct investment (FDI) among all economic sectors, according to Statista. It totalled 1.4 billion dollars, which was split among 133 projects. After that, FDI in agricultural activities totalled more than half a billion dollars.

She promised to provide the legislative framework necessary to allow Tanzanians living abroad to send money home through their families to invest in, acquire, and use technology and knowledge that are primarily required for manufacturing, services, and agricultural output.

Samia informed the Tanzanians in Seoul that by 2023, Tanzanians living abroad had invested almost Tsh280 billion ($106 million) in housing, while others had purchased shares in UTT Asset Management and Investors Services (UTT AMIS) for Tsh6.45 billion ($2.4 million).

Through unified laws throughout the EAC, the Tanzania Investment Center (TIC) has been encouraging members of the East African Community (EAC) to form cooperative companies in Tanzania.

To identify and help Tanzanians living abroad register for business and investments, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the East African Co-operation built a diaspora database. The database is based on the availability of enough land that would be a good investment.

Tanzania lacked active agricultural investments, had a weak agro-industrial basis, and received little revenue from cash crops despite having abundant agricultural land.

Tanzania has 44 million hectares of arable land in total, according to data from the Ministry of Agriculture, but only 15 million of those hectares are being farmed for both food and commercial crops.

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