African Union nationals whose countries do not have a visa-free agreement with Ghana are now eligible for a 30-day visa-on-arrival for business and tourism. The visa-on-arrival program will be piloted for three months starting at Kotoka International Airport and will be extended to other ports of entry in the future. Travellers can extend their visa upon expiry in Ghana, and business travellers can apply for a longer-term visa at a Ghanaian consular post.
Annual spending on mobility across the Middle East, Turkey, and Africa (META) is expected to reach $185 billion by 2019, according to IDC's new 'Mobility Spending Guide'. This represents a 10.2% share of worldwide enterprise and consumer spending on mobile devices, software, and services, which is forecast to total $1.8 trillion in 2019.
Gas for development or just for money?
Mozambique's gas can be used to promote industrialization and rural development, but only if key choices are made now. Current priorities are for export based mega-projects promising high revenues, but like past mega-projects doing little to create jobs or reduce poverty. Mega-projects costing tens of billions of dollars are essential, but the Council of Ministers can instruct that negotiations give a higher priority to using the gas to create a domestic industry and jobs, even if it reduces short term income.
Mozambique to grow fastest among lusophone countries
The World Bank said in its Global Economic Prospects – released last week – that Mozambique’s gross domestic product is expected to grow by 7.2 percent this year before reaching 7.3 percent expansion annually in the following two years.
Cycle of Italian Cinema
The cycle of Italian cinema has begun on June 16th and will close on June 20th. Teatro Avenida, Italian school Giovanni Falcone and Instituto de Audiovisuais will be venues to the 2nd edition of this festival.
Mozambique decriminalizes homosexuality from June 29
The previous penal code had been in place, aside from some amendments, since Mozambique was a Portuguese colony, and was written in 1887. From June 29th the new legislation comes into effect.
The school year is almost over in some international schools
In June some international schools are wrapping up their school year and children are preparing for Summer. Some will continue in Mozambique, some will start their life elsewhere in the world. It is a very emotional month for expat children as some will stay and some will go. Some children embrace moving as an opportunity to make new friends and to learn new things; others get anxious or develop behaviour problems. It may take children and adults months to adjust after a move. For many children and adolescents, giving up the familiar—friends, favourite places, and routines—can be difficult. As parents focus on coordinating the moving process, some children react negatively to the decrease in attention. Children may experience anxiety and grief before, during, and after a move.
Courtesy of Maputo Relocation.