The African Airlines Association (AFRAA), as a Trade Organization open to membership of airlines of African States, in partnership with Royal Air Maroc, will host the 50th Annual General Assembly in Rabat, Morocco from the 25th to the 27th of November, 2018.
The assembly, themed ‘Strengthening African aviation in a liberalized environment’ will gather CEO’s of African airlines, top executives from the aviation industry in Africa and internationally, along with partners, including African Civil Aviation Commission (AFCAC), the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Arab Air Carriers Association, among others for high level industry discussions.
The AGA is being attended by over 450 delegates from over 50 countries around the world.
“It is with great pleasure that we will convene for the 50th Annual General Assembly (AGA) which also coincides with AFRAA’s 50th anniversary, a historic milestone for African Aviation,” said Abderahmane Berthe, AFRAA’s secretary general who was speaking ahead of the summit.
“We are indeed proud of the great strides achieved in this sector and of our support to African Airlines over the years in creating an enabling environment for the development of a prosperous industry,” Berthe continued.
He added that the Annual General Assembly is the perfect platform to crystallize a common vision for the future as it brings together more stakeholders and principal decision-makers in the aviation industry than any other aviation event in Africa.
At the occasion of the 50th AGA, AFRAA and other stakeholders will launch the Single Air Transport Market handbook. The handbook, which will serve as an important industry reference point, has been published through joint efforts by industry stakeholders to make the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) fully operational.
The Single African Air Transport Market is a project of the African Union to create a single market for air transport in Africa. Once completely in force, the single market is supposed to allow significant freedom of air transport in Africa, advancing the AU’s Agenda 2063.
AFRAA will continue its collaborative efforts towards the successful realization of the SAATM with the aim of achieving the far-sighted vision of a Single African Air Transport Market that will help spur the development of African aviation.
The spectrum of deliberations at the AGA will focus on issues of concern to the industry’s development, including implementation of the SAATM, disruptive innovation and customer experience, among other key concerns in the air industry.
By DENNIS LUKHOBA