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Qatar Airways Named Official Airline of 123rd Canton Fair

Partnership Helps Middle Eastern and African Buyers Join Hands with Chinese Companies by Offering Special Deal on Travel to the Fair

GUANGZHOU, China, April 2, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — The China Import and Export Fair (the Canton Fair) has named Qatar Airways as the official partner airline of the 123rd Canton Fair. As part of the partnership, Qatar Airways will offer special discounted fares to people traveling to the Fair, with a special focus on buyers flying from select cities in the Middle East and Africa.

The offer is good for both one-way and round-trip economy and business class tickets purchased during the Fair’s registration period of March 15 – May 15, and for travel to the Fair between April 5 – May 15 from 13 destinations in the Middle East and 19 in Africa:

  • Doha, Beirut, Kuwait, Salalah, Baghdad, Basra, Najaf, Amman, Mashhad, Shiraz, Tehran, Muscat and Sohar
  • Durban, Marrakech, Algiers, Lagos, Addis Ababa, Dar Es Salaam, Khartoum, Kigali, Windhoek, Kilimanjaro, Tunis , Casablanca,Djibouti, Entebbe, Nairobi, Seychelles,  Johannesburg, Maputo and Cape Town

“We are thrilled to once again join hands with Qatar Airways,” said Alan Liu, Deputy Director General of the Foreign Affairs Office at Canton Fair. “Their commitment to quality, combined with their strong support of China’s Belt and Road Initiative, makes them the perfect partner for us. Their extensive network, which has included connections from Guangzhou to cites across the Middle East and Africa, allows buyers from growing economies across the region to access the vast array of partnership opportunities that will be available at Canton Fair.”

“We also hope the partnership will help guests from these countries to lower the cost of attending the fair and gain a better experience at the 123rd Canton Fair,” added Liu.

To apply for the offer, visitors can follow the below process:

  • Log in to the “BEST” (Buyer E-Service Tool) platform on the official Canton Fair website at http://invitation.cantonfair.org.cn/en (registration required for first-time users) and visit the campaign home page to enter guest information.
  • Follow the instructions to obtain a promotion code and use the code to book tickets via Qatar Airways’ official homepage at www.qatarairways.com.

About Canton Fair

The China Import and Export Fair, also known as the Canton Fair, is held biannually in Guangzhou every spring and fall. Established in 1957, the fair is now a comprehensive exhibition with the longest history, highest level, largest scale and largest number of products as well as the broadest distribution of buyer origins and the highest business turnover in China.


RABAT– Morocco has begun serving a two-year term on the Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU) from April during which it intends to consolidate efforts and actions aimed at contributing in a constructive and positive way to the promotion of peace and security in Africa, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation says.

Morocco’s election to the AU-PSC at the last AU summit held in January 2018 in Addis Ababa is a sign of confidence, credibility and esteem for its Africa strategy, under the leadership of King Mohammed VI, the ministry said in a statement here Sunday.

It is also a recognition of the kingdom’s active role as well as credible and supportive actions and initiatives, since the 1960s, in favour of Africa’s stability and the development of African citizens.

Embracing the values of peace, dialogue, the promotion of co-operation and friendly relations, Morocco is entrenching its mandate within the PSC within the framework of the consolidation of efforts and actions aimed at contributing, in a constructive and positive way, to the promotion of peace and security in Africa, the statement said.

It added that Africa faced many complex security challenges that require joint and concerted action as well as an unwavering commitment by African States and all stakeholders to preserve and consolidate sustainable peace and security.

Noting that this goal would only be achieved through political stability, respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of States, as well as the consolidation of the rule of law in Africa, the ministry stressed that the common African agenda should focus on urgent and priority conflict and crisis situations, which constitute a real threat to peace and security in Africa, while promoting a comprehensive and inclusive approach, notably through preventive diplomacy, mediation and good offices.

In an African context, marked by the inter-dependence of security threats to peace and security, Morocco will, during its mandate in the PSC, give priority to the issues of prevention and the fight against terrorism and violent extremism, as well as post-conflict reconstruction, with a view to federating the collective efforts of the Council’s member States and finding concrete immediate responses to these issues, the ministry stressed.

The Kingdom’s action and approach will also privilege socio-economic development and South-South cooperation, which constitute a major aspect and a condition sine qua non for peace, stability and prosperity in Africa.

Morocco will also pay particular attention to other emerging themes, such as human security, food security and environmental security. Similarly, the Kingdom intends to contribute, in a constructive and responsible manner, to the efforts made for the reform of the PSC, to the improvement of its methods of work, in order to establish the ownership of this body by member States and consolidate its role and mission in the prevention and resolution of conflicts in Africa, the ministry underlined.

Thanks to its experience and know-how, and aware of the extent of security issues in Africa, Morocco will spare no effort, together with all member States of the PSC, to help lay new solid and lasting foundations for a stable, prosperous and united Africa.



NAIROBI– Visitors Rwanda scored a crucial away goal in the dying minutes to force a 1-1 draw in the first leg of the 2019 Under -20 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against hosts Kenya at the Machakos Stadium, about 60 kilometres east of here Sunday.

The junior Harambee Stars under coach Stanley Okumbi had opened the scoring in the 7th minute through Richard Odada but despite numerous attacks Rwanda held on to prevent a second goal.

The visitors scored the equalizer in the 89th minute through Byiringiro Lague.

The return leg will be played in Rwanda on April 21 and the winner of the two legged encounter will face Zambia in the second round.

The top African teams, including Cameroon, Ghana, Egypt, Nigeria and Senegal, have been exempted from the first round.

Kenya was disqualified from the 2017 edition for fielding ineligible players in the first round match against Sudan.

The 2019 Under-20 African finals will involve eight nations and will be hosted by Niger.