Rwanda and Burundi held a bilateral meeting, hoping to restore the relations that worsen since 2015. The meeting came almost two months after the military intelligence chiefs of Rwanda and Burundi met at the same location to discuss security issues and cooperation. CNBC Africa spoke to by Julius Bizimungu, Journalist with The Newtimes for more.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had an immense impact on the tourism sector in Africa. However, the crisis has also unlocked numerous opportunities, which if leveraged, can help in the recovery of the sector. CNBC Africa’s Tesi Kaven spoke with the Director of Vatel Rwanda, Nicole Bamukunde for more.
Tourism is Uganda’s highest foreign exchange earner but low budget allocation to the sector is among issues affecting its growth. For more on the challenges as well as investment opportunities in the sector, CNBC Africa spoke to Pearl Kakooza, President of Uganda Tourism Association. She starts by explaining interventions made to help the sector recover from the effects COVID-19.
Rwanda has positioned itself as a luxury tourism destination, taking the low-volume, high-value approach. In efforts to better service delivery in the tourism and hospitality industry, the country has invested heavily in skills development. CNBC Africa’s Tesi Kaven had a conversation with Julia Mut, the Global Program Manager of EF Education First, for more on how skills development can boost the tourism sector in Rwanda.
CNBC Africa spoke with Christian Benimana, Senior Principal and Managing Director, MASS Design Group on the role of architecture in fighting a pandemic.
From lockdowns and curfews to testing and quarantines, each member state of the East African Community has employed its own ways to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. Now as the region undertakes revival of tourism, experts believe harmonizing travel protocols would be vital. Fred Odek, outgoing Chairperson of the East Africa Tourism Platform joins CNBC Africa for more.
It has been noted that building digital skills for the future is a key component in economic and social development.