The African Airlines Association (AFRAA), a trade association of airlines from the member states of the African Union (AU), and Air Mauritius have once again advocated for policies that will help develop the continent’s aviation sector.
The two organisations kicked off the 8th African stakeholder’s convention mid-this month with a call for enhanced collaboration in order to accelerate the development of the industry in Africa.
Held in Mauritius under the theme ‘Winning together’, the convention brought together operators and service providers with the view to foster dialogue, build sustainable networks in supply chain management, create a competitive environment for business and improve the aviation support base in the continent.
“We must work together or we will fail together but of course we want to win together. Therefore, the only solution is to work together,” Ivan Collendavelloo, Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Mauritius said.
He was speaking as Chief Guest at the opening ceremony of the event earlier this month.
“We want to encourage the reduction of barriers between African states using approaches that take into account the needs of each country,” Collendavelloo added.
Mr. Abderahmane Berthé, AFRAA Secretary General, stated that a successful and viable African aviation industry is achievable, but will requires rigorous efforts as well as close coordination and collaboration by all stakeholders ranging from Governments, regulatory authorities, airports, air navigation service providers, suppliers of the wide range of aviation products and services and the customers.
“Together, we can ensure an integrated, interconnected Africa that is competitive within itself and globally,” said Berthé.
He further reiterated that the purpose of this convention is to establish lasting relationships and partnerships between aviation stakeholders and airlines for the benefit of African Aviation.
Ahead of the convention, all stakeholders were urged to intensify efforts to reduce the crippling high cost of doing business in the Aviation sector in Africa. This includes a call to African governments to reduce taxes, charges and fees imposed on airlines and other key services, as well as continue to make efforts to ensure that airlines are able to repatriate their earnings.
The Convention was sponsored by the Economic Development Board Mauritius (EDB), Bombardier, Rolls Royce, ABSA, Aeroport de Pierrefonds, Afrasia Bank, Airports of Mauritius (AML), ATNS Air Traffic and Navigation services, Embraer, Jackson Square Aviation, LLC, Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority, Rogers Aviation, Airbus, Kenya Civil Aviation Authority, Amadeus, Sabre, Omnicane, and the Air Lease Corporation.