The 8th Aviation Stakeholders Convention kicked off in Balaclava Mauritius, with a high-powered opening ceremony. Bringing together different players in the aviation industry, the meeting is being held under the theme “Winning Together » and is designed to enable industry players to share views on how to realize the immense potential of Africa’s aviation growth through partnerships.
The guest of honour representing the government of Mauritius, Hon. Ivan Leslie Collendavello, the deputy Prime Minister of Mauritius officially opened the 8th Aviation Stakeholders Convention. He noted that Africa must do more to increase air connectivity within Africa.
”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. We want to encourage the reduction of barriers between African states using approaches that take into account the needs of each country.”
Speaking during the opening ceremony, Mr. Abdérahmane Berthé, AFRAA Secretary General, noted that air traffic in Africa is forecasted to double in every 15 years. He called for the need to operate more aircraft to cope with the growing demand and opportunities for Airlines, Airports, Service Providers, maintenance and repair organizations and equipment manufacturers to develop their businesses.
Mr. Berthé further noted that African governments need to put aviation development as a priority in their policies to reduce industry costs and benefit users of aviation services. (afraa)