Major players in the aviation industry will on May 9 converge on Rwanda for an Aviation Stakeholders Convention aimed at transforming the air transport sector in Africa.

The conference, organised by the African Airlines Association (AFRAA), in partnership with RwandAir, will be under the theme: ‘Winning Together through Innovation and Collaboration’.

The conference is expected to bring together about 400 participants consisting mainly of airlines, civil aviation authorities, airports, air navigation service providers, ground handlers, regulators, aircraft/engine manufacturers, component suppliers, service providers in the aviation industry and other aviation stakeholders.

AFRAA Secretary General, Dr. Chingosho said the aim of the conference is to “bring together the suppliers of the whole range of aviation products and services and the potential customers of these products and services at one venue, annually, for purposes of networking, knowledge exchange, business negotiations and forging of win-win business relationships.”

He added that the forum is a platform that facilitates the exploitation of opportunities on the continent by the various stakeholders with the view to ultimately improve the aviation support base in Africa.

RwandAir Chief Executive Officer Mr. John Mirenge thanked the Association for choosing Rwanda as the venue for the Convention.

He said: “RwandAir is an important player in the aviation industry in the region and that staging the Convention at RwandAir’s home base and hub will be a great opportunity to further strengthen Rwanda’s place as an aviation country in the region.”

He added that hosting the convention in Kigali is a great opportunity to showcase the country’s infrastructure and natural attractions for business, tourism, personal travel as well as a preferred destination for conference tourism.


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