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Ali Liaquat - Organisateur et Coordinateur de Africa Peace Caravan

 

THE ORGANISER AND COORDINATOR

The Africa Peace Caravan project is being coordinated by Mr. Ali Liaquat, currently based in Lilongwe, Malawi.

Aged 59, Ali Liaquat has spent all his life travelling. After 15 years in the French Legion, he settled in Djibouti, where he opened the first and only African accredited Land- & Sand-yachting Centre on Grand Bara site, and developed Adventure Tourism in the whole sub-region.

Ali Liaquat is an associated member of FISLY, the International Land and Sand Yachting Federation (www.fisly.org). In 2006, he represented Djibouti at the World Championship of Land & Sandyachting in Le Touquet, France.

An experienced traveller himself, he is a member of the Africa Travel Association ( ATA ). He has participated in or organised a number of 4x4 international raids, including:

 

1998
Prolog’ 98 - Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Djibouti (Prologue to the Djibouti-Paris Relais de la Francophonie 1999)

1999

IGAD (Intergovernmental Authority on Development) Peace Rally 1st edition: Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda and return (www.igad.org)

2001/2002
IGAD Peace Rally 2nd edition: Djibouti-Eritrea-Djibouti, through the Red Sea Cost (when he was the first tourist to cross the road border to enter Eritrea after years of war)

2003
Brussels-Paris-Djibouti to rally Europe and Africa


2004
GAD Peace Rally 2004 – Djibouti, Eritrea, Djibouti
2007
COMESA (Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa) Peace Rally Arta-Lilongwe – Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi (www.comesa.int)


     
Ali Liaquat has also been involved in a variety of other initiatives, which have helped him develop a wealth of partnerships in the media:
1998
Guide for Rene Rivals for his Travel Guide on Djibouti, Ed. La Manufacture, 1998
2001

Tour guide and interpreter for Le Monde newspaper for a report by Michel Braudeau on Arthur Rimbaud in Ogaden. Guided by Ali Liaquat, the journalists travelled from Djibouti to Addis Ababa to follow the tracks of the 19th century French poet and arm dealer. (“L’Absent de la route”, Le Monde, 15 Jan 2002).

2002

Sponsor and coordinator for two short programmes on Liberty TV, a Belgian cable TV: ‘Travel’in’ and ‘Explorer’

2003

Location manager for a TV5 26 min Documentary film on Djibouti (‘Djibouti, un désert convoité’, Auth. A. Zerwetz, Dir. P. Kimmerling)

2005

Facilitator for an article on Djibouti in ‘4x4 Mondial’ magazine Ali Liaquat’s work has also been featured in ‘Lonely Planet’ (Ethiopia, Eritrea and Djibouti), the Petit Futé country guide on Djibouti 2007-2008, and http://www.jaimonvoyage.ca/

Previous members of the Caravan

     

Nathalie

Our Administrative Officer

 

Alain

Our friend and big brother, who hosted us during 4 months and who gave us everything that he could. Thanks Alain.

 

Ewans

Our Mecanics

 

Laurent

Our Photograph