Industry professionals adopted public private partnership as the only viable option for the development of air transport sector in Africa.
This was the conclusion reached at the 18th Aviation & Allied Business Leadership Conference which took place in Windhoek, Namibia.
The conference which was attended by over 180 delegates from 23 countries from Africa, Middle East, North America and Europe, provided the forum for the government and private sectors in the air transport industry in Africa, to interface to seek areas of collaborative work to bolster infrastructure, human resource base and service standards in the industry in Africa.
The conference focused attention of the air transport industry in Africa, on the need for government and the private sector to create pertinent strategies to deliver to Africa the optimum benefits that the positive trends in economic and air transport growth in Africa offer, in the context of the continued and emerging limitations facing the air transport industry.
Thus, African governments, air transport industry experts, leaders and groupings such as African airlines association (AFRAA) and Africa Civil Aviation commission (AFCAC), as well as international partners including the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) re-evaluated the state of air transport development in Africa in the light of on-going growth trends, and produced far-reaching recommendations.
The recommendations would be extended to the highest decision-making levels of government and the private sector as part of strategic contributions to reinvigorate the development process of the air transport industry in Africa.
In effect, the conference sought strategies for harmonising Africa’s response to common Air Transport challenges, as well as getting the best in Air Services Agreements for African States and Airlines; while it also sought ways of infusing the Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) model as an integral growth catalyst for Africa’s air transport infrastructure development. The conference equally aimed to enhance aspects of air transport in Africa including safety and security strategy, funding strategy, as well as airline development strategy.
Part of the resolutions at the Conference, which sought cohesive and strategic action in Africa, read: “Aviation is founded on collaboration and team effort, and Africa should utilize cooperative efforts to address common air transport challenges in order to achieve shared development objectives”
According to Mr. Edward Boyo, Publisher of Aviation & Allied Business Journal, and Convener of the Aviation & Allied Business Leadership Conference series, the meeting was continually strengthened to help deliver improvements in the air transport industry in Africa.
He said: “Let me state clearly that one of the cardinal thrusts of the Aviation & Allied Business Conference series as a vital change catalyst is to continue to push for the actualization of harmonization of Africa’s air transport policies and regulation, cohesion among Africa’s air transport groupings, and integration of Africa’s air transport and economic regions.
While pursuing these relentlessly, it is also the primary objective of the Aviation & Allied Business Leadership Conference series to promote sustainable air transport growth in Africa.
Considering that Africa is the world’s last emerging aviation market, no efforts shall be spared to increase the impact of air transport on the populace and African States, as the continent strives to achieve beyond its current 3 per cent share of global air transport.”