Subscribe Free
in Air Transport / Business Aviation / Events / ATM & Regulatory

Ghana's transport minister to headline Aviation Africa summit in Dubai

Posted 23 April 2015 · Add Comment

How aviation will help African countries improve their economies and cooperation between blocks of African nations will develop infrastructure will be the subject of a keynote address by Hon. Dzifa Aku Attivor, Minister of Transport, Ghana at the Aviation Africa summit which takes place in Dubai on May 10-11

 Attivor is one of a number of top level speakers and delegates that are attending the Aviation Africa 2015 event that aims to bring the major stakeholders together to share ideas and experience with their Middle Eastern opposite numbers in order to make the most of the potential growth.
“There are a lot of similarities between the Middle East of 20 years ago and the African market today. There are lots of experiences that the Gulf carriers went through as well as the airports and the regulators and these issues will be arising as African countries face the same challenges,” said Mark Brown, director of the show organizer Times Aerospace, publishers of African Aerospace and Arabian Aerospace.
Sharing the experience of the regulators will be Laila Ali Hareb Al Muhairi, Assistant Director General for Strategy and International Affairs, of the UAE’s civil aviation authority, the GCAA; Dr Hamdi Chaouk the former director general for aviation in Lebanon; Abdulai Alhassan, director general, Ghana Civil Aviation Authority and Mohamed Rahma, Undersecretary for international affairs, Egypt.
The event – held under the patronage of Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum will take place at Le Meridien Hotel, close to the International Airport.
Speakers confirmed from African and Middle East airlines already include Girma Wake, chairman, RwandAir (formerly CEO, Ethiopian Airlines); Fatima Beyina Moussa, CEO of ECAir and the chair of AfRAA; Many other CEOs and COOs are also planning to attend including Africa’s leading cargo operator Astral Aviation. South African Airlines and Dhaallo Airlines.
Tanzania’s low cost carrier Fastjet has been enjoying great success since its launch and CEO Ed Winter will be alongside Adel Ali, group chief executive of Air Arabia looking at the impact LCCs are making.
“We have been really pleased with the support we are getting from the industry across all levels of government, as well as airlines of all shapes and sizes,” said conference chairman Alan Peaford. “This is going to be a great networking event and an intriguing conference. Of course there is a frisson between many African carriers and the local airlines in the Middle East but it wasn’t that long ago that the likes of Emirates and Qatar Airways were in the same position as the African carriers are now and they have found many different ways around global and regional challenges.”
Dr Nicklas Dahlstrom, human factors manager, Emirates Airline is one of the keynote speakers and will be discussing the challenges of multi-cultural workforces and the threat to safety of human performance.
There are also senior figures from aviation authorities and associations, who include Hussein Dabbas, VP Africa & Middle East, IATA; Dr Paul Antoine Marie Ganemtore, head of aviation, Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS); and Paul Murphy, vice president, Africa , SITA
“What really excites me is that we will be seeing some of the new or smaller carriers at the event as well,” said Peaford. “There is a great hunger for the knowledge that will get this growth challenge right. Many of the big aviation companies, from manufacturers to financiers, are supporting the event; it is going to be a great step for aviation in Africa,”
Aviation Africa 2015 has been launched to change the perception of aviation on the continent. The panel sessions will deal with the opportunities and issues challenging the growth of the African aviation market, tackling liberalisation, training, safety, human factors, finance and business aviation.

* required field

Post a comment

Other Stories
Advertisement
Latest News

DC Aviation Group continues to grow its Aircraft Management fleet

Stuttgart headquartered DC Aviation Group (DCA), the German joint venture partner of DC Aviation Al-Futtaim (DCAF), continues to grow its aircraft management fleet with the addition of a Dassault Falcon 7X.

Sohar ...so good

The Oman Aviation Academy is expected to start operations soon as it gears up to produce future generations of pilots for the Gulf region. Alan Dron reports.

Pegasus Airlines signs codeshare agreement with Nile Air

Turkey’s leading low-cost airline Pegasus has signed a codeshare agreement with Nile Air, Egypt’s largest private airline.

The hot spot

In-flight connectivity has the potential to unlock a $5.2 billion market within the Middle East region by 2035, according to a new report from the London School of Economics. Steve Nichols reports.

Aer Lingus orders A330 Cabin Service Trainer from Spatial

Following Spatial’s successful completion of upgrade works to Aer Lingus’s A320 Cabin Emergency Evacuation Trainer and A330 Door Trainer in 2017, Spatial has been appointed to manufacture an A330 Cabin Service Trainer.

Etihad sees more losses for 2017 but reports positive signs of turnaround

The depth of Etihad Airways continuing disappointing financial performance was made clearer today with a partial disclosure of its 2017 figures.

TAA SK0902311218
See us at
BIAS BT271017161118MEBAA BT1004121218AIME19BTA3005120219Istanbul Airshow BT22018ASDubai BT1004091018Cargo BT1004091018GATM BT1004061118