Hogg Robinson inks African deals

11th Feb 2008

Reaffirming its commitment to continued development in Africa Hogg Robinson Group has announced that it has signed two new Partners based in Senegal and Uganda. This latest development closely follows the recent addition of HRG operations in Ethiopia and Mauritius and expands the number of countries in Africa in which HRG has a presence to 18.

Headquartered in the capital city Dakar, Saphir Voyages, founded in 1999, lists Oxfam and UNICEF as key clients. The company also has extensive events and meetings management expertise, with particular involvement in servicing corporate clients participating in the Paris-Dakar rally.

There are significant signs of new business growth in Senegal with the country particularly exploiting its regional edge in telecoms with call centres and IT centres and continued interest from new foreign investors. To help secure the country’s future development the Government has embarked on a massive programme of infrastructure, mainly around the capital Dakar, with many new roads under construction and plans for a new international airport - both of which will be of enormous benefit to corporate travellers.

With some 25 years expertise and from its main base in Kampala, Africa Travel Ltd services a number of national and international organisations including: Food for the Hungry, Shell, the Uganda Investment Authority and National Water & Sewerage Company.

Uganda’s economy has performed well in recent years, averaging around 6% annual growth. By maintaining macro-economic stability and liberal economic policies it has been able to attract continued multinational investment. The UK in particular has a strong bilateral relationship and a significant development partnership with Uganda and is the country’s largest export market.
Mike Platt, Group Industry Affairs Director at HRG, commented: “This latest development reflects a substantial increase in the number of multinational companies looking to consolidate their business in Africa and demonstrates our commitment to meeting client needs and developing an even stronger presence across the region.


“Local knowledge is essential when delivering a worldwide service and both Saphir Voyages and Africa Travel are able to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the markets they serve. I am therefore delighted to welcome both companies to the HRG worldwide network and look forward to working with them to further enhance the service we can offer our clients.”

In addition to Senegal and Uganda, HRG’s partner operations on the African continent currently include Algeria, Botswana, Cameroon, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mauritius, Morocco, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.


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