Tanzania Conference Will Move Aviation Forward in Africa

The Managing Director of Land Over Aviation Company and the Convener of the Aviation and Allied Business Leadership yearly conference, Captain Edward Boyo, has said that this year’s gathering in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, will provide an avenue for the public and private sectors to discuss on how to move Africa aviation forward.

Boyo said this while speaking on what to expect at the forthcoming 17th Aviation & Allied Business Leadership Conference scheduled for August 28 to 30 in Dar es Salaam in Lagos.

The theme of this year’s gathering, the convener, said is “Air Transport In Africa: Strengthening Leadership: Sustaining Growth”, adding that the 17th edition is sequel to the 16th conference held 2010 in Gaborone, Botswana, with the theme: “Air Transport In Africa: The Challenge of Leadership”

According to him, “The conference will provide avenue for the public and private sectors to seek the best way forward for air transport in Africa. The 17th A&AB Leadership Conference will, therefore, strongly promote opening of intra-African markets, as well as the build-up and prioritization of effective leadership to drive aviation transformation in Africa”

He continued, “This year’s conference thus will reappraise the impact of effective leadership on the air transport industry in the African region, and help to drive proactive leadership systems which will fast-track Africa’s air transport transformation”.

On whether, he is organising the annual conference alone, Boyo said that the august gathering is organised by the Aviation and Allied Business Journal, Africa in partnership with the Tanzanian government.

The yearly aviation meeting, he pointed out is one of the biggest air transport events in Africa in 2011, which will be driven by high-level industry experts and leaders, including African air transport ministers, directors-general of African Civil Aviation Authorities(CAAs), chief executive officers airports, Airlines and Air Navigation Services Providers (ANSPs), as well as representatives from the International Civil Aviation Authority (ICAO), International Air Transport Association (IATA), United States, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), among other multinational aviation organisations.

On the number of delegates billed to attend this year’s gathering in the East African country, Capt Boyo, said that about 250 delegates from Africa, Europe, Middle East, Asia as well as North and South America, will gauge the progress of Africa’s aviation industry, vis-à-vis global industry trends, and bolster efforts to re-instate the industry on a more effective growth path.

He listed the major the areas the conference will focus on to include; safety and security, airports development and ground handling, airline management, policy formulation and effective regulation, as well as human resource and infrastructure transformation.

The chief executive officer of Land Over added that Tanzania meeting will also feature a special session on the Yamoussoukro Declaration (YD) pursuant to the objective of giving impetus to this acclaimed liberalization instrument.

On what the impact of the summit is expected to achieve, he said, “The outcome of the conference is expected to form key inputs to both states and private sector actions on air transport development in Africa and seek sustainability of the future of air transport on the continent”

Awards, he said will be given to distinguished individuals and corporate entities that have excelled in efforts to positively transform the air transport industry in Africa, adding that top industry chief executive officers and experts have been picked to lead a unique interactive session on a future-based Yamoussoukro Declaration, as well as burning issues on capacity transformation which is the bedrock of needed improvements in Africa’s air transport industry.

In his words, “This year will be special because of the issues the Conference will be focusing on. There is an increasing commitment among aviation development partners to transform Africa’s air transport industry in terms of future ATM, safety and security, training framework and industry leadership. That is why we must not relent on efforts to bring more and more partners together to carve the best way forward for aviation in Africa. Most essentially, Africa is the future market for air transport, and our actions or inactions today will decide what the continent gains from air transport as a pivot of economic transformation,”

Some of the speakers confirmed for the conference, according to Boyo include the Chief Executive Officer of Ethiopian Airlines, Mr. Tewolde Gebremariam, Nigeria’s Representative on ICAO Council, Dr. Olumuyiwa Aliu among others.