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Immigration – Focus on the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Located on the Congo River, Kinshasa is the Capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, home to over 80 million people, who inhabit a land considered to be one of the richest in terms of natural resources, including, but not limited to, raw minerals such as gold, copper, cobalt, and diamonds, in the world.

As such, many multi-nationals in these sectors are keen to create a presence in this mineral-rich nation and, as such, are required to send expatiate employees to this location as part of their skills-development agenda or as part of start-up operations.

The framework for legalising the stay of expatiate employees in the DRC is rather basic and local authorities wield much power in decision-making processes. There are two kinds of work permits that can be granted: Visa d’établissement de travail or “Vet”, which is a general work permit(the “General Work Permit” VET) and the Visa d’établissement de travail – catégorie spécifique or “VETS” whish is a skills-specific work permit.

All applications must be submitted in the DRC therefore it is imperative that you enlist the assistance of Relocation Africa in aiding you in this process.

If you have need of assistance in the DRC, please contact immigration@relocationafrica.com

Frasers Hospitality Expands Business In Africa, Middle East

For the first time also, Frasers will expand into Saudi Arabia with properties in Jeddah, Khobar and Riyadh. This is in tune with the development of Jeddah Economic City and the government’s plan to expand the Jeddah King Abdulaziz International Airport. Because of this, inbound tourism is set to increase 6.1 percent per annum by 2020.

Meanwhile, new properties in Congo and Nigeria will mark Frasers Hospitality Group’s initial expansion into the African market. The growth potential of some areas in Africa is promising, thus an essential aid to the group’s growth strategy.

“The Middle East and Africa are significant growth markets in our global expansion plans. As the regions continue to emerge as business hubs, our properties in key cities will be well positioned to cater to the needs of travelers,” said Choe Peng Sum, Chief Executive Officer of Frasers Hospitality Group, in a statement to Travelers Today.

Meanwhile, business spending in Africa is expected to grow from $2.6 trillion in 2015 to $3.5 trillion by 2025, which is likely to see an increase in business travel to the region. “We are targeting key business centers such as Nigeria’s capital Abuja and Africa’s largest city, and we look forward to expanding our footprint in the region in the coming years.”

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