FNB Partners with NAS to Operate New Lounge at Maputo International Airport

First National Bank (FNB) (www.FNB.co.za), one of South Africa’s big four, has partnered with National Aviation Services (NAS) (www.NAS.aero) to operate a new departure lounge at the Maputo International Airport for the next five years. The agreement also includes an additional five year renewal option.

In 2016, FNB won a bid to manage this new lounge that will cater to its Platinum card customers as well as other airline and corporate clients. The 250 square meter lounge located in departures can host 80 passengers and is equipped with a comfortable dining area, fully equipped business center, smoking room and a children’s play area.

Johan Maree, CEO, FNB MOÇAMBIQUE, said “We are committed to best serve our customers and strive to offer exponential helpfulness to our customers. The launch of this new lounge is a milestone for FNB, as we drive efforts to provide seamless banking services to our consumers and demonstrate our appreciation to our loyal clients. Our customers are at the heart of everything we do and our drive to innovate this new product is a brilliant example of how we can help transform their lives and offer them more convenience. The FNB lounge is not just another lounge, but rather designed to give all comfort and services that FNB platinum customers deserve away from home.”

The FNB lounge is not just another lounge, but rather designed to give all comfort and services that FNB platinum customers deserve away from home.

With Maputo added to its network, NAS, one of the fastest growing aviation services providers in the emerging markets now operates 31 airport lounges across 12 countries.

Hassan El Houry, Group CEO, NAS said “With increasing foreign investments into Mozambique, offering world class facilities at the airport is of utmost importance. We are pleased to be working with FNB and look forward to extending our expertise and high levels of service to the new departures lounge at the Maputo International Airport.”

Globally, NAS has a presence in more than 30 airports and also manages ground handling for seven out of the top 10 airlines across the Middle East, India, and Africa. Certified by IATA Safety Audit for Ground Operations (ISAGO), NAS has demonstrated expertise in supporting local hub carriers in the Middle East and Africa.

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

Nita Bhatkar

About FNB:
First National Bank (www.FNB.co.za), 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) (www.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 South Asia, handling seven of the 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 handling, 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 (ISAGO) certification illustrating the company’s commitment to providing high quality services, with a focus on safety and security.

For more information about NAS visit: www.NAS.aero.

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Global transit system to boost India trade

India has become the 71st country to ratify the United Nations TIR Convention (www.IRU.org/tir). Managed and developed by IRU (www.IRU.org), the world road transport organisation, TIR is the global standard for goods customs transit.

The milestone decision puts India and her neighbours at the centre of efforts to increase overland trade and regional integration across South Asia and beyond, fast-tracking the region’s potential to become a strategic trade hub.

The accession to the TIR Convention is part of India’s multi-modal transport strategy that aims to integrate the economy with global and regional production networks through better connectivity.

Umberto de Pretto, IRU Secretary General said, “I am delighted to welcome India into the TIR family of nations. This is an important step in harmonising standards and boosting transport, trade and development across South Asia.”

“We look forward to working closely with the Indian government and business community as we turn our attention now to implementing the TIR system,” he added.

TIR will be critical in helping India implement the World Trade Organization’s Trade Facilitation Agreement, which entered into force this year.

The Convention will also facilitate India’s current national and multilateral connectivity-related initiatives to improve cross border road transport, facilitating overland trade integration with both eastern and western neighbours.

TIR will help India to integrate with Myanmar and Thailand as well as Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal. It will also enable India to move cargo along the International North-South Transport Corridor via Chabahar port in Iran, to access landlocked Afghanistan and the energy-rich Eurasian region.

The TIR system secures customs duties and taxes and provides a robust guarantee mechanism, thereby reducing trade transaction costs, and facilitating higher growth of intra-regional and inter-regional trade.

Boris Blanche, Chief Operations Officer at IRU, explained, “India’s decision to implement the TIR system will have far reaching benefits for trade and will save significant time and money by streamlining procedures at borders, reducing administration and cutting border waiting times”.

The United Nations has confirmed that the TIR Convention will enter into force in India in six months and IRU will begin work with Indian partners on training, development and outreach efforts to facilitate prompt implementation.

Distributed by APO on behalf of International Road Transport Organisation (IRU).

Karen Mazzoli
Senior Manager, Media and Communications
Tel: +41 22 918 2796

About IRU:
IRU (www.IRU.org) is the global road transport organisation, promoting economic growth, prosperity and safety through the sustainable mobility of people and goods. Founded in 1948, IRU has members and activities in more than 100 countries.

About TIR:
The only global customs transit system for moving goods across international borders, TIR (www.IRU.org/tir) is one of the most successful international transport conventions, making border crossings faster, more secure and more efficient, reducing transport costs, and boosting trade and development.
The TIR system requires minimal manpower and facilities – other than that for checks on seals and the inspection of load compartments or containers, reducing transit delays and congestion at border crossings. This saves significantly on transport costs, leading to increased competitiveness and growth. TIR’s “single transit document” also significantly reduces the risk of presenting inaccurate information and only approved transporters and vehicles are allowed to operate.

Read More:
TIR (www.IRU.org/tir)
Goods (www.IRU.org/goods)
IRU in Asia & Pacific (www.IRU.org/where-we-work/iru-in-asia-pacific)

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Mali and the Sahel: Council adopts conclusions

Today, the Council adopted conclusions on Mali and the Sahel recalling its strong integrated approach towards achieving stabilisation of the region. This approach includes full range of relevant instruments in the field of diplomacy, long-term development cooperation, support to human rights, stabilisation efforts, resilience building, humanitarian assistance, migration management and security, including CSDP missions.

The Council strongly condemns yesterday’s terrorist attack in Bamako.

The Council reiterates its full support to the implementation of the Malian Peace and Reconciliation Agreement, with full involvement of civil society, women and youth, as the only way to restore peace and security in the country. The High Representative’s participation on 5 June 2017 to the Comité de suivi de l’accord de paix (CSA) in Bamako confirms the strong commitment of the EU to the agreement. The EU also encourages an enhanced engagement of the G5 Sahel countries in the Malian peace process.

The EU commends the political leadership of the G5 Sahel countries, ECOWAS and the African Union in their efforts to support regional security, development and reconciliation. The EU welcomes the initiative of the Heads of State of the G5 Sahel on the establishment of the G5 Sahel Joint Force. The EU has been the first to announce a financial contribution, with EUR 50 million as planned support to this initiative.

Distributed by APO on behalf of Council of the European Union.

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President of the Republic of Guinea to Visit Japan

1. H.E. Professor Alpha Condé, President of the Republic of Guinea will visit Japan from Monday, June 19 to Thursday, June 22, 2017. President Condé is the Chairperson of the African Union in 2017.

2. During his stay in Japan, the President will hold meetings with Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan on Tuesday, June 20 and will participate in Guinea-Japan Business Seminar, which will be hosted by the Embassy of the Republic of Guinea to Japan and Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), to deliver a keynote address.

3. President Condé will make a State Call on His Majesty the Emperor of Japan.

4. This is the first bilateral official visit of a President of Guinea to Japan in history. The Government of Japan sincerely welcomes the visit of the President and hopes that this visit will further strengthen the friendly relations between Japan and the Republic of Guinea.

(1) This will be H.E. Professor Alpha Condé’s second visit to Japan as President.

(2) President Condé had a meeting with Prime Minister Abe on the occasion of the Fifth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD V) in 2013, TICAD VI in 2016 and G7 Taormina Summit in 2017.

Distributed by APO on behalf of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.

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