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Coronavirus: Uganda Reopens International Borders1 minute read

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Uganda on Thursday reopened its international borders for the first time since March when they were closed over the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The national carrier, Uganda Airlines, on Thursday morning ran its regional flights to Nairobi, Kenya, and Mogadishu, Somalia, as scheduled.

Other international airlines have also been landing and taking off.

The East African country had closed its borders to passenger travel even before it registered its first case of Covid-19 but continued to allow both land and air cargo.

The Uganda Civil Aviation Authority (UCAA) advised out-bound travellers to be at the airport at least four hours before scheduled departure.

Immigration officials at the airport are encouraging passengers to use self-service booths where available to minimise contact.

Passengers coming into Uganda will be required to present a negative Covid test taken within 72 hours of their departure.

Those who present a negative test will not be required to go into isolation.

But if someone arrives without a test certificate, a sample will be taken and they will be made to quarantine at their own cost as they await results.

The country experienced a rise in coronavirus cases in September, averaging about 1,000 new cases per week. Total cases are at over 8,000.

Although the government has been working to increase the number of beds and the capacity of isolation centres across the country, health workers worry that resources might be stretched if cases continue to rise.

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Uganda Establishes First Free Zone at Entebbe Airport

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The government of Uganda through the Uganda Free Zone Authority (UFZA) has finalised plans to establish the first public free zone at Entebbe International Airport. The free zone is projected to boost export-oriented investment in the country.

The project will be implemented by the National Enterprise Corporation (NEC) on a five acre piece of land acquired from the Uganda Civil Aviation Authority (UCAA) at the Entebbe International Airport premises.

Under the arrangement, the project targets sectors which include food processing, mineral processing, warehousing, storage and simple assembly, where all operators in the public free zone will process their products for onward export through Entebbe International Airport.

The development of the Public Free Zone projected to cost UGX 48billion will, on completion house seven production units and trade houses such as offices of the Uganda Free Zones Authority, Uganda Revenue Authority, and other government offices to promote enterprise. The Government of Uganda (GoU) has already awarded UGX 12.5 Billion for the first phase of the project.

Speaking at the site handover event, Hez Kimoomi Alinda, the Uganda Free Zones Authority Executive Director, said the project is expected to contribute cargo volumes, create hundreds of direct jobs and significantly improve Uganda’s exports.

“On completion, the project will support increased production quality assurance and value addition to commodities that are widely produced by the masses to improve household incomes, create employment and eliminate poverty as well as improve the value of Uganda’s exports,” he said.

Alinda was speaking while handing over the site for the construction of the Entebbe International Airport Free Zone at which he said they had acquired five acres from the Uganda Civil Aviation Authority for the development and contracted National Enterprise Corporation, the commercial arm of the UPDF for the construction.

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In an interview with NC’s Tolu Adeleru-Balogun, Politician and Gender activist Ndi Kato speaks on the demonstrations in Nigeria against police brutality.

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