Weekly security briefing- 24 February to 01 February 2020
Every Monday morning, the Anticip-Risk&Co Group produces a security briefing, reporting and analysing major world events.
This weekly security briefing is specifically intended for business travellers and their supervisors, so that they can anticipate the main risks in their areas of operations. The briefing also offers advice on the right behaviors to adopt.
- TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO: Port-d’Espagne: Carnival
The carnival of Port-d’Espagne started on February 19th and will end on February 26th. Movement in the capital city will be restrained because of the parades. Travellers should be vigilant as the risk of violence increases with the mass gatherings. Security measures will be increased in the capital and major cities.
- UNITED STATES: New Orleans – Mardi Gras celebrations, travel restrictions
Traffic will be restricted as the city hosts the traditional Mardi Gras parades from February 22nd to 25th, 2020.
Crowd movements are expected, and public transportation will be disrupted.
It is advised to use alternative routes and to anticipate delay.
The official website allows to monitor the situation.
- EGYPT: Cairo – weather alerts: heavy rain and sandstorms
The Egyptian meteorological authority (EMA) warned against medium to heavy rain and sandstorms. Areas at risk are the greater Cairo (Cairo and Giza governorates), the northern coast (governorates of Alexandria and Matrouh) and the Sinai Peninsula (North and South Sinai governorates) as well as Upper Egypt (Aswan and Luxor governorate).
As a consequence, visibility will be lower than usual while pollution will increase.
Disruptions of air traffic and ground traffic are likely. It is advised to plan alternative routes and to anticipate delay.
The situation can be monitored on the website of the Egyptian meteorological authority (EMA)
- BRAZIL: Cuiabá – bad weather, disruptions
Business travellers going to Cuiabá (Mato Grosso state) need to reroute their itinerary in the coming days due to heavy rains and risks of floods. Several roads are already flooded, including the Tenente-Coronel Duarte avenue and the Isaac Povoas avenue.
- SAMOA: Tropical depression Wasi
Business travellers planning on going to Samoa should reroute their itinerary in the coming days because of the disruptions caused by the tropical depression Wasi.
Violent wind and heavy rains are expected in Niue (storm weather alert). The disruptions might extend to Samoa. There are risks of instant floods and landslides. The weather situation should be monitored before any travel.
- ITALY: Lombardy – travel restrictions
More than 52.000 people are confined in 11 towns in northern Italy since February 23rd, 2020, following the coronavirus epidemics alert. Sanitary controls at the borders with France have increased. There are already 155 cases of contamination and 4 deaths.
The following links give regular updates on the situation: Italian health ministry, European Center for Disease Prevention and Control, and the WHO.
- KUWAIT: Kuwait City – Kuwait national day celebrations
Several events and parades are scheduled from February 21st to 29th, 2020, in Kuwait City. Festivities will also happen in Burj Khalifa, Dubai Frame, Za’abeel Park, Creek Park, Mamzar Beach Park, Safa Park and Mushrif Park.
Reinforced security measures and travel restrictions are expected, especially on February 25th, Kuwait national day.
It is advised to use alternative route and anticipate delay for any travel around the celebration areas.
- INDIA: Ahmedabad – visit of President Donald Trump
Heightened security measures and travel restrictions will be enforced in the centre of Ahmedabad from February 24th to 25th, 2020, due to the official visit of the American president.
More than 100 000 people are expected in the Sardar Patel Stadium areas where President Trump will go in the morning.
Several roads will be closed in Ahmedabad.
- GUINEA: Conakry – legislative elections
Political and social tensions are increasing as the country holds legislative elections and a constitutional referendum (on March 1st).
The opposition party vowed to block the vote.
Reinforced security measures and major traffic restrictions will affect urban centres.
It is advised to avoid all rallies or gatherings that could escalate quickly.
- URUGUAY: Montevideo – Swearing-in ceremony of the new president
Reinforced security measures and traffic restrictions are expected in the capital city Montevideo.
Several heads of states and diplomatic delegations will also attend the ceremony, planned on March 1st.
Several major roads will be closed, including the ones leading to the Carrasco international airport (MVD).
It is advised to follow official instructions.