First National Bank Mozambique (FNB) and National Aviation Services (NAS) Inaugurate Exclusive Lounge at Maputo International Airport

First National Bank Mozambique (FNB) (www.FNB.co.mz) and National Aviation Services (NAS) (http://NAS.aero), the fastest growing aviation services provider in the emerging markets, recently inaugurated an exclusive, contemporary lounge at the International terminal of the Maputo International Airport. The FNB Lounge by Pearl Assist offers a modern, luxurious space providing guest with a comfortable environment to relax and unwind, have a meal or catch up on work before departing on their onward journey.

The FNB Lounge by Pearl Assist, was officially inaugurated by General João Martins de Abreu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Institute for Civil Aviation of Mozambique, Emanuel Chavez, Chairman of Aeroportos de Moçambique (ADM) (www.Aeroportos.co.mz), Paulo Pereira, Deputy Director General of FNB Mozambique and David Henderson, Group Chief Commercial Officer, NAS.

Operated by NAS Pearl Assist, the FNB lounge is located on the first floor of the Maputo International Airport departures terminal and caters to Platinum and Black Card Limited customers of FNB and First Rand. Card holders can access the lounge by presenting a valid FNB or First Rand credit or debit card and international boarding pass.

The 250 square meter FNB lounge designed by NAS, incorporates world class design and state of the art entertainment facilities for the comfort of all guests. The lounge can seat 55 guests at full capacity. With a range of hot and cold food and drink options, free Wi-Fi, a business centre, a selection of reading material, shower facilities as well as a separate entertainment area for kids, the FNB Lounge is designed to be the ultimate in hospitality.

NAS currently operates 31 lounges across Africa, the Middle East and Asia, at major airports in countries like Kuwait, UAE, Egypt, Morocco and Rwanda.

Henderson said, “We are pleased to be partnering with FNB to open the first of its kind, contemporary lounge at Maputo International Airport. As we see an increase in foreign investments into the country, it is increasingly important to offer world class facilities to local as well as international travellers. With NAS’s expertise in lounge management, investment into resources and handpicked service teams, we are sure to offer FNB customers, as well as other guests the best in terms of comfort and luxury.”

Pereira assured that his institution is committed to surpassing the expectations of the industry while adapting continuously.

According to Pereira, lounge users will be assigned dedicated managers for assistance and will also receive individual cards with a custom chip and pin number to facilitate online payments. “We continue to study the Mozambican market and ask” how can we help you? “, in an effort to introduce more innovative products and solutions to the Mozambican market,” he concluded.

The lounges of the FirstRand group (of which FNB Mozambique is part) are already present in countries such as Namibia, Zambia, Botswana and South Africa and are designed to be the best in hospitality.

The opening of the lounge, is part of the strategy of revitalizing and modernizing the services of the financial institution for its customers, as well as the new positioning of the company, with the motto “an out of the ordinary bank”. This is the result of a new positioning of FNB Mozambique, aiming to offer greater comfort, convenience and excellence, becoming more and more like an innovative banking institution and always ready to create solutions that meet the needs of its clients.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of National Aviation Services (NAS).

Media Contact: Nita Bhatkar – NBhatkar@NAScorporate.com, + 965 97223703

About FNB
First National Bank (www.FNB.co.mz), is a subsidiary of the First Rand Group, which is a fully integrated financial services provider and one of the big four leading South African retail, commercial and investment banks.

FNB offers a diverse set of financial products and services to the retail and corporate market segments ranging from the consumer, small business and rural corporate markets to large and medium-sized corporate, financial institutions, parastatals and government entities.

FNB is structured into clearly demarcated segments. Segmentation enables focused business units to develop specialized, innovative technologies and products to meet specific needs.
FNB’s services include transactional and deposit taking, card acquiring, credit facilities and FNB distribution channels (namely the branch network, ATMs, call centres, and internet channels).

Within the segments an owner-manager culture directs decision-making in the bank’s numerous business units. Autonomy and accountability underscore FNB’s deeply ingrained entrepreneurial culture.

FNB’s operations in Africa
FNB has a well-established and expanding network of subsidiary banks in Mozambique, Zambia, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, and Tanzania. The banks all operate under the familiar sun-and-tree logo of FNB.

About National Aviation Services (NAS)
National Aviation Services (NAS) (http://NAS.aero) is the fastest growing aviation services provider in the emerging markets.

Established in 2003, NAS quickly transformed from a Kuwait based ground handling company into an emerging markets leader in the industry. NAS is present in over 30 airports across the Middle East, Africa and Asia, handling seven of the world’s top 10 airlines and managing more than 31 airport lounges.

With an employee base of over 8,000 capable and experienced employees at the core of its worldwide network, NAS is committed to providing aviation services that benchmark to the best in the world.

The NAS portfolio of services includes ramp and passenger services, cargo management, engineering and line maintenance, airport technologies, fixed base operations, terminal management, aviation training, travel solutions, lounge management and meet-and-assist packages.

Affiliated with leading industry organizations, NAS follows international aviation standards with certifications from ISO, EMS and OHSAS practices. NAS is one of the first ground handlers in the world to obtain the IATA’s Safety Audit for Ground Operations certification illustrating the company’s commitment to providing high quality services, with a focus on safety and security.

Website: www.NAS.aero
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Mercer announces Strategic Partnership with Advisory K in Zimbabwe

Mercer (www.Mercer.com), a global consulting leader in advancing health, wealth and career, and a wholly owned subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan Companies (NYSE: MMC) (www.MMC.com), has entered into a strategic partnership agreement with Advisory K (www.AdvisoryK.co.zw), a Zimbabwe based Consulting firm, to bring leading talent management, consulting, data driven solutions and insights to the local market.

Clients will have access to a range of best practice Mercer solutions, driven by the global thought leadership benefiting current and prospective new Mercer and Advisory K clients in Zimbabwe.

Peter Botha, CEO of Mercer in Africa, said: “We are honoured to partner with such a leading and reputable player in the local market, we are excited about the broad knowledge this partnership will bring to help Zimbabwean organizations thrive in HR management and workforce performance.”

Advisory K specialises in optimizing organizations strategies through its six practices, which include organisation transformation, people and HR solutions, research and analytics. The firm is viewed as a pioneer for culture transformation in organisations that embrace performance as part of their culture.

Ethel Kuuya, Managing Director of Advisory K adds: “As a recognised representative of Mercer in Zimbabwe, we are committed to strengthening and expanding the provision of leading organisation solutions to all sectors in Zimbabwe. This partnership is timely as organisations at large are in a transformational spirit and by joining forces with Mercer we are now able to enhance bespoke change solutions for our valued clients.”

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Mercer LLC.

Contact:
Deon de Swardt
+27 824671459
Deon.de.Swardt@Mercer.com

About Mercer:
Mercer (www.Mercer.com) delivers advice and technology-driven solutions that help organizations meet the health, wealth and career needs of a changing workforce. Mercer’s more than 22,000 employees are based in 44 countries and the firm operates in over 130 countries. Mercer is a wholly owned subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan Companies (NYSE: MMC) (www.MMC.com), the leading global professional services firm in the areas of risk, strategy and people. With nearly 65,000 colleagues and annual revenue over $14 billion, Marsh & McLennan helps clients navigate an increasingly dynamic and complex environment. Marsh & McLennan Companies is also the parent company of Marsh, (http://usa.Marsh.com) which advises individual and commercial clients of all sizes on insurance broking and innovative risk management solutions; Guy Carpenter (https://goo.gl/8h8iet), which develops advanced risk, reinsurance and capital strategies that help clients grow profitably and pursue emerging opportunities; and Oliver Wyman (www.OliverWyman.com), which serves as a critical strategic, economic and brand advisor to private sector and governmental clients. For more information, visit www.Mercer.com. Follow Mercer on Twitter @Mercer (www.Twitter.com/mercer).

About Advisory K
Advisory K (www.AdvisoryK.co.zw) is a business advisory firm that helps their clients through five areas of deep skills: Analytics, Research, Strategy, Transformation and People. As a pioneer in both analytics and strategy implementation support in this market they have managed to develop and roll out projects to help clients to take their business to the next level. For more information visit: www.AdvisoryK.co.zw.

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U.S. Conducts Airstrike in Support of the Federal Government of Somalia

In coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, U.S. forces conducted an airstrike against al-Shabaab militants on Feb. 19, in the vicinity of Jilib, Somalia, killing three (3) terrorists.

We assess no civilians were killed in this strike.

U.S. forces will continue to use all authorized and appropriate measures to protect U.S. citizens and to disable terrorist threats. This includes partnering with AMISOM and Somali National Security Forces (SNSF) in combined counterterrorism operations and targeting terrorists, their training camps, and their safe havens throughout Somalia and the region.

Together with other international partners, the United States is committed to providing Somalia, AMISOM and SNSF with support in the fight against violent extremist organizations.

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U.S. Conducts Airstrike in Support of the Federal Government of Somalia

In coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, U.S. forces conducted an airstrike against al-Shabaab militants on Feb. 19, in the vicinity of Jilib, Somalia, killing three (3) terrorists.

We assess no civilians were killed in this strike.

U.S. forces will continue to use all authorized and appropriate measures to protect U.S. citizens and to disable terrorist threats. This includes partnering with AMISOM and Somali National Security Forces (SNSF) in combined counterterrorism operations and targeting terrorists, their training camps, and their safe havens throughout Somalia and the region.

Together with other international partners, the United States is committed to providing Somalia, AMISOM and SNSF with support in the fight against violent extremist organizations.

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