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Computer Frontiers’ Affiliate Frontier Technologies, Ltd. the AgriPreneur Expo &  ICT-BPO International Conference in Kampala, Uganda

Frederick, MD – Computer Frontiers Inc. affiliated company in Kampala, Uganda, Frontier Technologies, Ltd., attended the AgriPreneur Summit & Expo in Kampala, Uganda on April 21, 2016. This event displayed advances in modern agri-business technology and Information Communication Technologies in the Business Process Outsourcing innovations in Uganda.

At the Kampala Serena Hotel, the American Chamber of Commerce of Uganda (AmChamUG) hosted this event to discuss opportunities in agribusiness. Over 900 attendees participated in this event to learn more about the advanced technologies and engagements taking place in Uganda. Frontier Technologies showcased our Managed Network Services and Call Center Services along with our experiences in implementing over 280 technology projects over the last 20 years, including agricultural projects. We offer innovative IT solutions along the agricultural value chain and private industries.

This event included over 30 speakers and 100 exhibitors from Uganda, The United States, Burundi, and Kenya. In addition, His Excellency,  Prime Minister Rugunda, and the U.S. Ambassador, Ambassador Scott DeLisi, offered remarks about the new markets and investment opportunities in Uganda.

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Country Director attends the 5th Annual Freedom Online Coalition Conference in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

Gambia Country Director for Computer Frontiers Inc., Mr. Poncelet Ileleji attends “The 5th Annual Freedom Online Conference (FOC)” hosted by the current FOC chair – Mongolia in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia on May 4th and 5th 2015.  This conference consists of governments’ representatives, numerous foreign affairs officials, multinational ICT companies, and Civil Society organizations.  Participants discussed ways in which governments around the world can structure policy-making processes in order to maximize the realization of human rights online within their jurisdiction.  According to Freedom Online Coalition, panels and discussions focused on issues such as rule-of-law, transparency, the Tallin Agenda (for Freedom Online) implementation, and how to maximize non-governmental stakeholder input and participation in government policy making.

Mr. Ileleji partook in discussions addressing rights and freedoms online.  He stated in his remarks that Computer Frontiers adheres to the fundamental principles of Transparency and Privacy online with governments, and various organizations in Africa and across the globe.  Thus, Computer Frontiers has served government and private sector clients in more than 40 countries throughout the world.  Africa IT Solutions South SudanThis ICT Company values transparency, Internet freedom, and privacy online worldwide.

The Freedom Online Coalition is composed of 26 governments who work to advance Internet freedom. This partnership coordinates diplomatic efforts and engages with the private sector to support free expression, association, assembly, and privacy online.  FOC members and working groups are committed to protecting and promoting online freedoms domestically and abroad.  Freedom Online Coalition Working groups were created to convey policy issues facing online freedom and to inform the work of the Coalition and its members.  Mr. Ileleji sits on Working Group 3 to address transparency and privacy online.  Working Group 3 of FOC focuses on the relationship between governments and information & communications technology (ICT) companies, with a particular emphasis on respecting human rights online, including freedom of expression and privacy.

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Uganda, Kenya, and Rwanda Waive Visa Fees for Foreign Residents by Trek East Africa

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UGANDA, KENYA AND RWANDA WAIVE VISA FEES FOR FOREIGN RESIDENTS

     TREK EAST AFRICA SAFARI    EAC, KENYA TRAVEL, RWANDA SAFARI NEWS, UGANDA

Three Partner States of the East African Community (EAC) namely; Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda, under the Northern Corridor Integration Projects initiative, have waived visa fees for foreign residents living within the 3 countries in order to allow them easier access to the region’s diverse offering.Inline image 1

The visa free was approved last year on 11th December 2014 and is contained in a Ministerial report that Presidents Yoweri Kaguta Museveni of Uganda, Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya and Paul Kagame of Rwanda signed at the 8th Northern Corridor Integration Summit held in Nairobi in Dec 2014.

Foreign residents in the three Partner States with valid work and resident permits will no longer have to pay the US$30-50 visa fee on arrival but will now be issued with an Interstate pass at the airport of departure for admission to the destination. Uganda and Rwanda implemented this reform on 15th Dec 2014 but the impact only became real when Kenya effected the directive on 15th Feb 2015.

Uganda Tourism Board’s Chief Executive Officer, Stephen Asiimwe said; “This move is bound to bring exponential benefits to foreign residents living in the three countries. Our countries have a rich tourist menu on offer. From serene beaches, to pristine wildlife and nature, exquisite reserves, warm hearted and inviting people, our region is the place to visit. Our products are inexhaustible and this waiver offers our region, the best place to live and work. We encourage this expatriate community to be a part of the endless discovery, encounter and adventure of the best tourism episode of Africa at the least affordable price.

We encourage the private sector to take advantage of this opportunity to offer unbeatable packages while maximizing win-win offers,” Asiimwe concluded.

While Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) Managing Director Muriithi Ndegwa said, “the visa free travel  will provide an amazing opportunity for residents staying in the three Partner States to explore the immense diversity of wildlife, landscapes, cultures, and heritage, among other renowned attractions either for weekend gateways, corporate retreats or annual family holidays”.

On her part, the Rwanda Development Board’s Head of Department for Tourism and Conservation Ambassador Yamina Karitanyisaid in a statement that the waiver of the fee was the next step in consolidating and enriching the region’s tourism offering.

“We are approaching the rest of the world as a unified and rich tourist destination with varied experiences for travellers. We are also positioning East Africa’s tourism assets collectively as part of the Northern Corridor Integration Projects,” said Ambassador Karitanyi adding that the joint marketing programmes will be carried out annually and will cover international trade fairssuch as the International Tourism Board (ITB), JATA Tourism EXPO Japan, Akwaaba African Travel market and World Travel Market (WTM) in 2015. She pointed out that going forward; the Partner States will lobby for a single stand during international tourism marketing events.

Outlining the modalities of implementation, Ambassador Karitanyi said the eligible foreign residents shall be issued with interstate pass on exiting the host state and visitor’s pass endorsed in their passports on arrival by presenting valid work/resident permits. Other immigration procedures and regulations will however be maintained.

In preparing for the joint marketing programs, she noted that the three Partner States were already gearing up the teams involved by conducting destination training workshops and disseminating information on the use of National Identity Cards, Student/Voters Cards and the East Africa Tourist Visa.

Waturi Matu, Coordinator of the East Africa Tourism Platform noted that “there was need for continued lobbying on free movement of persons, services and other tourism related issues within the full East African Community (EAC). However, this will only be possible if the Tourism and Wildlife Management Sectoral Council meetings are held frequently and the agenda is reviewed to address current needs and quick wins.

Lobbying needs to intensify at Partner State level for frequent meetings since the EAC Tourism and Wildlife Management Sectoral Council is only on its 6th meeting while other Sectoral Councils are on their 15th meeting, hence the very slow progress on Tourism and Wildlife Management at the EAC.

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Ghana To Relax Visa Requirements For Africans

 VENTURES AFRICA – Ghana’s Ministry of Transport plans to make visa requirements flexible for African nationals as a way of boosting African business and tourism, the country’s Deputy Minister of Transport, Joyce Bawa Mogtari says.

Mrs. Motgari was speaking at the launch in Accra of commercial flight operations by RwandAir, the national carrier of Rwanda, a country that itself started issuing visas on arrival to all African citizens from January 2013.

The Deputy Minister said the ministry will “explore ways to make it possible for visas to be issued on arrival to citizens from African countries to boost aviation, intra-regional trade and tourism…it is something we will carry on board and explore ways of making it a possibility.
Within the sub-regional grouping the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), more than 80 percent of all migration is intra-regional. Nonetheless, Africans need visas to go to 80 percent of African countries — restrictions that are reckoned to be far higher for Africans travelling within Africa than for Europeans and North Americans.That is the whole purpose of the AU and ECOWAS, and I hope that as we improve on aviation and our bilateral relations then this dream will also become a reality”

Currently in West Africa, ECOWAS nationals can live in each other’s country for a total period of 90 days without the need for a visa.

“I think that Ghana is actually becoming a hub for aviation in Africa and the idea of Government is to ensure that we create an enabling environment for businesses to thrive. One way of doing this is by creating access for all African countries,” the deputy minister explained.

The African Development Bank (AfDB) used its annual meeting in Marrakech, Morocco last month to discuss the benefits of relaxing visa restrictions throughout Africa.

The discussions recognised the economic benefits that come with lowering of cumbersome visa requirements for AU citizens, such as has been demonstrated by Rwanda since it adopted a pragmatic and efficient approach to issuing e-visas and visas on arrival.

According to reports, since Rwanda streamlined its system, tourism arrivals from African countries have increased by 24 percent and its trade with neighbouring countries increased by 50 percent last year.

On his part Mr. John Mirenge, Chief Executive Officer of RwandAir, said: “RwandAir is expanding. We are buying more planes and the fact of the matter is that we need to increase destinations, and there is no better place to come to than Accra, Ghana. I think we need to connect better, to link up with the rest of Africa.”

RwandAir will be flying passengers from Accra to Kigali, the Rwandan capital, and is planning flights to Juba in South Sudan; Douala, Cameroon; and Abidjan, Ivory Coast, within the next three months.

 

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