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TODAY’S HEADLINES:

Oman, Tanzania and China to jointly develop $11bn port, free zone

Oman state fund, Tanzania’s government and China Merchants Holding sign MoU to collaborate on Bagamoyo port and a special economic zone

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Ethiopian Airlines prepares to launch thrice-weekly flights to Doha

Ethiopian flag carrier pushes back against Gulf airlines, following strong words earlier this year from CEO Tewolde Gebremariam

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Tanzania encourages Omani investment in agriculture and exploration

Speaker of Tanzania’s National Assembly, Anne Makinda, conveys her country’s interest in deepening historic, economic ties with Oman

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South Africa’s Metrofile expands into Gulf market with UAE acquisition

JSE-listed data management group broadens its coverage in the GCC with the strategic purchase of eFile, a document conversion specialist

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UAE Ministry of Economy offers to assist oil exploration in Namibia

HE Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansoori proposes UAE cooperation to locate underground oil reservoirs during a visit by Namibia’s trade minister

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Qatar Airways launches first Gulf airline flights to Djibouti

Doha’s flag carrier become the first mainstream Gulf airline to fly to Djibouti, catering to its growing tourism with thrice-weekly flights

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GML and Chedid Capital join forces to enter East Africa’s insurance market

Mauritius conglomerate and Lebanon, Gulf-based insurance broker form partnership to enter 10 markets running from Ethiopia to Botswana

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Rwandan government targets cashless economy by 2017

Kigali coaxes the digital economy, joining the ‘Better Than Cash Alliance’ in pursuit of the 80% financial inclusion of its population

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Al Dahra Agriculture targets 300,000-tonne wheat crop in S. Egypt

Abu Dhabi firm confirms 43,000-hectare agricultural project in the Toshka region of Egypt, using water from the High Aswan Dam

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Guy Scott assumes Zambian presidency in a model transition of power

The death of President Sata gives the world more than it bargained for in acting president Scott, holding a mirror to African pre-conceptions

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Tarfeeh signs franchise with S. African seafood brand Ocean Basket

SEDCO Holding Group subsidiary launches a South African seafood chain into the rising ranks of international venues teasing Saudi’s palate

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Air Seychelles profits rise; Abu Dhabi tops international routes

Seychelles carrier experiences double digit revenue growth, driven by growing network capacity and a 90% increase in passengers from Abu Dhabi

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