International African Institute of Business
The International African Institute of Business has been actively working on fulfilling the action plan of the IDPAD Summit 2018. The Institute is currently working on the following:
IPDAP Summit 2018 Plan Of Action 3.1.2: calling on authorities to contribute to the improvement of air and land transportation between Africa and the diaspora, especially through the Caribbean, to facilitate communication, trade, and tourism
One of the main challenges highlighted at the IDPAD Summit was bridging the divide between People of African Descent worldwide. To this resolve, a series of lobbying efforts have been designed. Bringing People of African descent in the diaspora with Africans on the continent is top on the agenda and Guyana is being identified as the hub for direct transport to Western Africa. The following facts support the need:
A direct flight from Guyana to West Africa averages 6 hours
The Caribbean and American nationals traveling to West Africa take 15 to 72 hours to reach their destination through North America and European route.
Caribbean and South American Nationals traveling through Brazil to West Africa has an average travel time of 72 hours
African students face victimization while traveling through Europe and Brazil to the Caribbean and South America.
There is an alarming increase in African studying in Offshore Universities in the Caribbean and Latin America.
Guyana is identified at the next oil giant in the region and it is anticipated that there will be an increase in the migration of labor force and investment.
Plan of Action
The IDPAD Summit committees also noted that non-African carriers transport about 80% of the intercontinental traffic to and from Africa. This is not because Africa lacks airlines, however; several African airlines, with strong safety records, are prevented from flying to the EU. These restrictions have detrimental effects on the growth of the air transportation sector in Africa.
Further, most of these airlines are exorbitantly expensive and have to fly through their countries of origin where African travelers are required to have transit visas before they can be permitted to travel through these ports, onward to their final destinations. Due to lack of embassies and or/ diplomatic cooperation, final destinations usually also require visas. This means that on average, Africans traveling to any destination, especially outside Africa have to spend twice on a visa, notwithstanding the fact that the cost for any visa for Africans is way higher than what other people in other parts of the world would pay. These barriers have meant that few Africans, on the continent and in the diaspora can travel and trade outside the continent.
The IDPAD Summit Committees which to:
Identify African Airlines who can facilitate a transatlantic flight
Lobby for the establishment of the foreign Caribbean and South American missions in Africa and vice versa
The committee has since met with the African Union Deputy Commissioner, Venture Capitalist out of Nigeria and an Ethiopian Airline Senior Advisor. In addition, a local airline in Guyana has shared an interest in commuting to and from