African Aviation Experts to Meet in Kigali as Rwandaâ€™s Airline Thrives
Rwanda is preparing to host a major continental aviation conference that aims at transforming air transport sector in Africa.
The conference scheduled for May 9, dubbed ‘Aviation Stakeholders Convention’, is organised by the African Airlines Association (AFRAA) in partnership with RwandAir.
This is the 5thconference and is convened under the theme; ‘Winning Together through Innovation and Collaboration’.
Organisers say they expect about 400 participants consisting mainly of airlines, civil aviation authorities, airports, air navigation service providers and ground handlers.
The conference will also attract; regulators, aircraft-engine manufacturers, component suppliers, service providers in the aviation industry and other aviation stakeholders.
Africa is projected to become a dominant player in the global aviation industry in the next two decades.
According to the International Air Travel Agency (IATA), “aviation supports 6.9 million jobs and $80 billion in GDP in Africa and its important role in the continent cannot be understated.”
Key players in Africa’s aviation industry want to use this conference to fostering dialogue, building sustainable networks in supply chain management, creating a competitive environment for aviation business in the continent.
â€œAFRAA aims at bringing together suppliers of aviation products and services and potential customers of these products and services at one venue annually for purposes of networking, knowledge exchange, business negotiations and forging of win-win business relationships,â€ AFRAA Secretary General, Dr. Chingosho said.
According toa 20-year forecast by the IATA, Africa is set for strong expansion in air connectivity with passenger growth expected to average 4.4%.This growth in both passenger and cargo is spurred by huge economic growth and investments in many African countries.
RwandAir Chief Executive Officer Mr. John Mirenge said that, â€œRwandAir is an important player in the aviation industry in the region. Staging the Convention at RwandAirâ€™s home base and hub will be a great opportunity to further strengthen Rwandaâ€™s place as an aviation country in the region.â€