Travel and mineral exports from West Africa face an increased risk of
disruption as the response to the Ebola virus intensifies, according to new
analysis from Robert Besseling, Principal Sub-Saharan Africa Analyst at
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West African travel, mineral exports face increased
risk of disruption as response to Ebola virus intensifies
Principal Sub-Saharan Africa Analyst
IHS Country Risk
Travel and imports of perishable cargo into Guinea, Sierra Leone, and
Liberia will be disrupted, especially at large international ports such as
Monrovia, Freetown, and Conakry. Most mining companies report that
mine, port, and rail operations are unaffected so far, although various
precautions have been taken, including frequent medical checks, the
imposition of travel restrictions, and the evacuation of non-essential staff.
Mineral exports, including iron ore and diamonds, are increasingly likely to
face disruption if mining companies place local workers on leave.
On 2 August Emirates airline suspended all flights to Conakry until further
notice, becoming the first major international airline to do so. Other major
airlines serving Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia include Royal Air Maroc
and Brussels Airlines, while Air France serves Guinea and Sierra Leone,
and British Airways serves Sierra Leone and Liberia.
At the end of July, both Sierra Leone and Liberia declared a state of
emergency, giving additional powers to police and the military to enforce
the closure of public spaces and house-to-house searches to trace victims.
On 22 July, a Liberian man died from Ebola after arriving at Lagos airport in
Nigeria, and countries in the region have increased monitoring operations
at airports and borders. In May, Senegal temporarily closed its borders with
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