Ghana to host 1st ever all inclusive Africa air Expo and conference

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Ghana in October 2016, would host the first ever ?all inclusive? Africa air Expo and conference where more than 150-200 international exhibitors from the aviation industries across the world would converge.

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Already, the event has received the support of H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, the President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Dubai Airport, Chairman and Chief Executive of  Emirates Airlines and Group, who also double as 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 an event 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 on Monday when Dzifa Ativor, 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 a 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 idea 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.

?Today marks a profound day for the future of Aviation, not only for Ghana, but for Africa.  Indeed, the Aviation Africa 2015 Conference is making a Global Statement that Africa is the obvious choice for the future of global Aviation,? she said.

The Minister of Roads and Transport was part of a government delegation that participated in the just ended ?Aviation Africa 2015? conference in Dubai where she was invited as the keynote speaker at the biggest gathering of players in the global aviation industry.

Meanwhile, Madam Attivor has held bilateral talks with her counterparts in the United Arab Emirate authorities on behalf of the president for the the possibility of protocol arrangement between civil aviation institutions of Ghana and the UAE. This arrangement is expected largely to largely benefit Ghana due to the giant status of the UAE?s aviation industry globally.

A subsequent close door meeting between the minister and, Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum during the two-day conference is said to have boosted relationship between the Emirates and Ghana in terms of support of Ghana?s growing aviation industry.

These relations would expectedly lead to the opening of the nation?s airspace for large scale air travel within the sub region and the rest of the world.

The Republic newspaper gathered that key among the areas discussed during the closed door meeting was UAE?s support for training of Ghanaians in both air and ground operations and other auxiliary services.

Accompanying the minister for the Aviation Africa 2015 conference in Dubai are Charles Hanson Adu, Director Operations, Ghana Airport Company, Abdulai, Alhassan, Director General, Ghana Civil Aviation Authority, Kwesi Taylor, Consultant, Ministry of Transport .

The rest are, Nyarko Oppong, Managing Director, UNIBANK and the Representative of Ghana Consulate in Dubai.

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

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