- RABAT, Morocco (Reuters) -- Morocco's national flag carrier Royal Air
Maroc (RAM) will soon launch an airline company with six Central
African countries, a move set to expand further its presence in
Africa, a company manager said on Thursday. The creation of Air Cemac
aims at breaking the isolation of these countries and will offer an
adequate solution to the crisis hitting central Africa's main,
heavily indebted carriers, Camair of Cameroon and Air Gabon, the
"The full details of this joint-venture will be revealed next week,"
the manager told Reuters, declining to elaborate on the share-
ownership of the new carrier. Shareholders in the new airline will
include state-controlled RAM, Cameroon, Central African Republic,
Congo Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and Chad, he said.
An accord between RAM and the six countries will be signed next week
during a visit by King Mohammed to Gabon, he added.
Air France, which holds minority stakes in Camair and Air Gabon, was
a candidate to pilot the project but fears of conflicting commercial
interests prompted the six countries to opt for RAM....
It was not immediately known how Air Cemac would operate and what
equipment it would use. Air Gabon and Camair have six aircraft each
and both carry a million passengers each year. RAM has 32 mainly
Boeing aircraft and operates 900 flights per week to 67 destinations
in 40 countries. It carries up to 3.3 million passengers a year.
- Dear Larry,
So what do you think would be an effective use of US tax dollars? I
didn't know that Peace Corps had a corruption and/or danger index to
determine whether it should be in a country. As far as I know, all
the countries where Peace Corps is present are corrupt and dangerous.
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> government of Gabon is corrupt, and Peace Corps Volunteers are in
> danger. The Peace Corps is NOT the end all to be all, or is the
Peace Corps the
> answer to every international issue of the USA.
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- Gabon media bosses warned over double jobs; Libreville, Gabon 16
Gabon's National Communication Council (CNC) has warned the bosses of
22 private newspapers and radio stations to stop doubling up jobs
incompatible with their public duties, a CNC statement said. The CNC
on Thursday quoted the code that regulates the media in the oil-rich
Central African nation, whereby people with government, civil
service, judicial or military office "cannot be owners or
beneficiaries of audiovisual firms".
CNC press officer Nestor Ella said the named chairpersons or
publishing editors of six private radio stations and 16
newspapers "are all in the civil service. That's not right." Those
Ella identified include ministerial advisers and even an adviser to
CNC president Pierre Marie Dong. The CNC order will not take
immediate effect, but Ella said that "from December 31, those who
haven't sorted out their situation will receive a final warning
before their media outlets are shut down."
Much of a lively private press in Gabon, though circulation is
limited, is considered to be the mouthpiece of various officials in
the regime, particularly government ministers, who use it to their
own political ends. The CNC is appointed by President Omar Bongo and
the speakers of the two Houses of Parliament. It has shut down a
number of papers since 2003, and several private newspaper groups
earlier this year accused it of actions leading to the muzzling of
the press and democratic debate in Gabon, which has been ruled by
Bongo since 1967. -- Sapa-AFP
Air Gabon resumes flights to Paris
LIBREVILLE, September 16 -- The management of Air Gabon, which has
lacked wide-bodied passenger planes for several months, announced
here Friday that the airline would resume flights to Paris on 26
September. In a news released issued in Libreville, the management
said that initially the airline will make a weekly flight using an
Airbus A300-200 with a capacity of 364 seats (21 in business class
and 343 in economic class). The government provided a grant to secure
the aircraft. The ageing Air Gabon fleet had been reduced to a single
Boeing 767-200 plane for long and middle distance flights.
For lack of aircraft, the airline was obliged to completely halt all
flights. Its Boeing 767-200 and 737-200 aircraft were grounded due to
In 2004, the airline reviewed its flight schedule along the African
West coast and cancelled flights along unprofitable routes, including
the Libreville-Dubai stretch that was very popular with West African
business operators. According to the Prime Minister, Air Gabon has a
heavy debt burden estimated at between 25 billion and 60 billion FCFA
(about US$110 millions) and faces problems paying monthly wages to
its employees. Air Gabon was created in 1977 with a capital ofe 6.5
billion FCFA (US$10 million) after Libreville's withdrawal from the
now defunct multinational airline, Air Afrique. - pana
- Libreville, Gabon,09/26 - The Union of Air Gabon Workers (SYPAG) has
sent a letter to President Omar Bongo Ondimba to ask him to choose
the US firm, International Trading Service Centre (ITSC), as
a "strategic partner" in the privatisation of the troubled Air Gabon.
According to SYPAG secretary-general, Pierre Boukila Boundzanga, the
ITSC has proposed to lease for Air Gabon three aircraft (Boeing 777-
200, 737-300 and 747-400) at the rate of 380 million CFA francs per
month should the US firm get the right to run the airline. The
company will also pay a two billion CFA franc deposit as a guarantee
for the planes, he added.
In an open letter copied to PANA, the SYPAG stressed that under the
previous management, Air Atlanta Company had been renting to Air
Gabon a Boeing 767-300 at a premium price of 220 million CFA francs
for several months. In addition, the letter added, the ITSC is said
to be interested in the opening of Air Gabon`s capital and ready to
take 51 per cent shares of the company`s capital as planned in the
Gabonese government`s "business plan."
If ITSC`s proposal is accepted, the company may add a new Boeing to
the company`s fleet, which would make it four the number of aircraft
proposed by the US Company. Also, the ITSC would like to participate
in the building of a new terminal in Libreville, the extension of
Mvengue terminal in Franceville (south- east) as an alternative
airport and set up an air logistics centre in Gabon, the SYPAG added.
The Gabonese government, which remains the only shareholder of Air
Gabon, whose the debt is estimated at 60 million CFA francs, after
the withdrawal of Air France, has decided to find a strategic partner
for the company`s survival.
Talks are under way with Royal Air Maroc (RAM), in order to set up a
company on the model of Air Senegal International, in which RAM has
51 per cent of shares. But Gabonese NGOs and SYPAG denounced the
talks with RAM.
- A decision by Africa's longest-serving leader to seek another seven
years in power has been criticised. President Omar Bongo, who came to
power in 1967, said at the weekend that he had "listened to the
people" and would seek another term in December's poll.
The 69-year-old's government recently told opposition leaders they
would lose their passports if they left Gabon. A group of exiles,
called Bongo Must Leave, says Gabon's people have had enough of his
"We are against the whole system, which Mr Bongo represents. We want
to clean it all up," leader Serge Besac told the BBC's Network Africa
by telephone from Washington.
The 69-year-old president launched a crackdown after complaints by an
opposition leader that the electoral register for December's
presidential poll had been inflated.
He was also said to be angered by a protest organised outside the
United Nations last month, staged as he was addressing a summit.
The government in Gabon has made changes to the constitution which
would allow President Bongo to run for office as many times as he