The first African Air Expo scheduled for October 2016 has been relaunched in Ghana, after it was internationally launched in Dubai for global aviation stakeholders about a month ago.
The Ghana launch at the Best Western Premier Hotel in Accra, will pave the way for what has been dubbed the ?all inclusive? Africa air Expo and conference where more than 150-200 international exhibitors from the aviation industries across the world would converge.
? Indeed, the African Air Expo 2016 which we are re-launching today is making a Global Statement that Ghana and indeed Africa is the obvious choice for the future of global Aviation,? said Dzifa Attivor, the Minister of Transportation, during the launching on Tuesday.
??it is prudent that Ghana, with its strategic geographical positioning, coupled with the fact of Ghana?s vision of becoming a hub in the sub region, focuses on this industry which, will directly impact on Job creation, Human Capital Development, Infrastructure Development, Economic opportunities and growth in Tourism,? she said.
? As a Government, we believe that the AFRICAN AIR EXPO which is scheduled to be held in Accra in October 2016, will bring together, at one venue, the major players covering a wide profile in the realm of AFRICAN Aviation ? from Airport Companies to Airlines, Regulators, Airport Management Agencies (including FBO and MRO operators) to Ground Handling Agencies?.
Already, the event has received the support of Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, the Chief Executive of Emirates Airlines who also double President of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Chairman of Dubai Airports.
This high profile endorsement of the event is probably due to the fact that it is the first time such would be held in Africa where Ghana (a country using its highly favourable geographical location to position itself as the aviation hub of West Africa and Africa in general) is hoping to capitalize on to significantly develop its aviation sector and infrastructure.
Arrangements for the hosting of the event in Accra was finalized last month when Dzifa Attivor, Minister of Roads and Transport sealed the deal with two global event management companies ( International Centre of Excellence and 4M Events) at the plush Meridian Hotel in Dubai.
The event was originally scheduled for take-off in October 2014 but was forced to be moved due to the ravages of the fearful Ebola epidemic which struck neighboring West Africa counties in the last quarter of 2014.
Currently, the Ebola threat has subsided and organizers of the event have maintained their conviction in Ghana being the best location in hosting such as global event.
The consultant for the ?Africa Air expo/conference 2016, Kwesi Taylor disclosed to The Republic Newspaper that many local and international companies have expressed great interest in participating in the event, as they seek to explore new opportunities in Africa.
The milestone event expected to project Ghana as the ideal hub for Africa?s aviation industry would help stimulate job creation, infrastructure development and tourism growth in the Ghanaian aviation sector.
Already, the Minister of transport is frantically, working to see the resuscitation of the comatose national carrier ?Ghana Airways- as one of the most significant steps towards making the plans of an aviation hub a reality.
The ? Africa Air Expo/ Conference aligns with the John Mahama administration?s grand plan to lay solid foundation for the Ghana?s economic take off through re-positioning of aviation stakeholders such as Ghana Airport Company, Ghana Civil Aviation Authority and the Ministry Of Transport .
?Through events such as the AVIATION AFRICA CONFERENCE and the AFRICAN AIR EXPO, we, as Governments of Africa, are telling the world that investments into Aviation will translate into better lives for our people. That the better our airports and aviation infrastructure are, the better the opportunities for us to provide essential services and opportunities to our people. An enabling regulatory aviation environment, together with a world-class airport infrastructure, will directly impact on service delivery for our people,? Madam Attivor told excited investors in Dubai shortly after the signing of the arrangement for the Africa Air Expo.
According to the Minister of Roads and Transport, the Mahama administration is taking issues related to the aviation industry serious given the potentials realized in the industry.
Between 2010-2015, Africa was the third fastest growing region in the world in terms of international traffic with an average growth rate of 6.1% compared to the global average of 5.8%, and 7.9% and 6.9% for the Middle East and Asia Pacific, respectively, while Europe, Latin America and North America are projected to record lower international passenger growth of 5.0%, 5.8% and 4.9%, respectively.
Furthermore, forecasts show passenger traffic among emerging economies ? identified as Asia, Africa, China, the CIS, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Latin America?growing at 6.8 percent and accounting for more than 40 percent of passenger traffic by 2032.
Source: The Republic