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CAI to run Uganda’s Entebbe Airport – a breakthrough for the African continent?

23-Jul-2009

The Ugandan Government is reportedly soon to hand over management of Entebbe International Airport to Singapore’s Changi Airports International (CAI) under a ten-year concession, following government approval of CAI’s investment plan. The government stated it hopes CAI will improve facilities and service at the airport. Although Turkey’s TAV Airports Holding is active in North Africa, and Houston Airport System has some management contracts across the continent, along with various Russian and Chinese government schemes, this is the first time a real airport heavyweight has put its faith in Africa. And it comes just as a ‘heavyweight country’, Nigeria, again indicates that it wishes to offer concession agreements, possibly involving the private sector, at its main airports. [1735 words]

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  • Proposal has caused some controversy locally
  • CAI also to invest in mineral exploration and oil?
  • Flowery talk and shadowy individuals
  • CAA to remain as regulator
  • Nigeria also trying to attract concession bids
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