Kenya:Dubai gears up for African Aviation Summit

Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Aviation Africa 2015, which is due to open on 10 May in Dubai, will underscore the immense potential of the African aviation market, organizers have said.

The two-day event is being held to forge a crucial dialogue among the aviation industry’s leading stakeholders on the social, economic and political benefits to be gained from wide-ranging improvements to the infrastructure in Africa.

Aviation in Africa currently supports more than 6.9 million jobs and over US$800 billion in GDP across African nations.

But this is nothing compared with what it can become.

Annually, a further 155,000 jobs and US$1.3 billion in GDP can be added through the effective liberalisation of just 12 key markets.

The key markets include Ghana, Kenya and South Africa, according to an independent report published by the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

“If you look at the sheer potential of just a handful of African airlines, routes and airports, you realize just how enormous an impact Africa can have on the future of aviation,'' said summit chairman Alan Peaford

"Moreover you can clearly see just how beneficial a progressive aviation industry can be for the socio-economic future of the continent,” he added.

Geographically, Africa is ideally located right next to well-established hubs in the Gulf, and is able to capitalize on the passenger and cargo traffic already streaming through the region.

“Aviation Africa 2015 will fill a void in the aviation calendar and give Africa a real chance to progress quickly, effectively and safely,” he said.

Speakers at the event will include Dzifa Aku Attivor, Minister of Transport for Ghana, who will present the keynote address, and  
Girma Wake, Chairman, RwandAir (formerly Chief Executive Officer, Ethiopian Airlines).
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04 may 2015 10:23:50

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