Abuja - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has announced the theme for the 2016 Aviation Day Africa, set for Abuja next month.
The event will be held on the 23rd and 24th under the theme, “Driving African Economies through the Power of Aviation.”
The conference will bring together regional stakeholders to address current issues affecting aviation in Africa including the proliferation of taxes and charges, public-private partnerships, aviation, safety, security, next generation airports and market connectivity.
Hussein Dabbas, IATA’s Regional Vice President for Africa and The Middle East, said the conference was a great opportunity for Africa’s key stakeholders to debate the industry’s most pressing issues and align actions to address the challenges.
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“Through harnessing the power of aviation we will be helping to build a brighter future, not only for individual airlines and the air transport industry, but for all Africans, who will benefit with greater prosperity through jobs and opportunities,” said Dabbas.
Raphael Kuuchi, Vice President Africa, IATA said, governments and organizations must focus not only on national issues but also on the strategic development of pan-African aviation.
“Policies that promote investment in air transport infrastructure, improve safety and enhance air connectivity must be implemented. Aviation has the potential to make a much more significant contribution to economic growth and development within the continent if its power is unleashed,” said Kuuchi.
The Africa Day Conference speaker line-up reflects a broad spectrum of aviation stakeholders from governments, policy makers, regulators, airlines and manufactures.
Aviation in Africa carries over 70 million passengers a year, supports more than 6,9 million jobs on the continent and generates over $80 billion in gross domestic product.
Over the next five years the African economy is forecast to grow at a strong 4,7 percent per year, above the global average rate.
- CAJ News