Africa’s largest airline group, Ethiopian Airlines, will host the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Global Aviation Training and TRAINAIR PLUS Symposium from April 11 to April 13 at the seat of the African Union, Addis Ababa.
The event will be on the theme: “Together, Enhancing Training to Build Capacity.”
It is expected that 400-500 participants would be taking part in the symposium, including the ICAO council president and the secretary general, transport ministers, ambassadors, Civil Aviation and Airport Authorities, Civil Aviation officials, aircraft manufacturers, airline and airport operators, industry policy makers, and tourism experts.
Ethiopian Aviation Academy, the largest and most modern aviation academy in Africa, ICAO TRAINAIR PLUS Member and Regional Training Centre of Excellence and IATA Authorized Global Training Centre, is playing a vital role to address the growing need for skilled aviation professional in Africa and the region.
Group Chief Executive Officer of Ethiopian Airlines, Mr Tewolde GebreMariam, said: “It is a profound honour for all of us at Ethiopian Airlines to host the ICAO Global Aviation Training and TRAINAIR PLUS Symposium which brings major industry players together.”
He said the symposium was to exchange best practices and experiences in human resources development and aviation training, and more specifically on the TRAINAIR PLUS Programme for the advancement of global aviation.
“I believe this symposium will also be an opportunity for us to showcase our hospitality, the state-of-the-art aviation training facilities at our Aviation Academy and the key role Ethiopian is playing in the development of the African aviation industry.
“While attending the symposium in this beautiful country, I would like to remind you all that you are coming back home because this is the land where it all began which is the land of Lucy, the 3.2 million-years-old grandmother of humanity and the most complete skeleton of an early human ancestor ever discovered,” Mr GebreMariam said.
He recommended to visitors to visit Lalibela; the beautiful rock-hewn churches well known throughout the world or Axum; the single granite stone of the Axum Obelisk or others of the mesmerizing tourist sites in the country.