African Airlines meet at Kenya’s Diani Beach


(Posted 23rd November 2013)

The African Airline Association, in short AFRAA, which is based in Nairobi / Kenya, will this weekend start their annual general assembly and most member airlines are expected to attend, not just for the meetings in the conference room but also for the scenic setting along the famous Diani Beach south of Mombasa.

The Leisure Lodge Resort will be the main venue for the meetings, although participants are also accommodated at the nearby Leopard Beach Resort & Spa.

The organizers have prepared an extensive agenda for the meeting and in particular the confirmed panelists are promising to generated animated discussions with the audience. All eyes will be on Kenya Airways’ Dr. Titus Naikuni and his counterpart from Ethiopian Airlines Tewolde Mariam to hear what they will have to say while on the same panel discussing ‘How can African airlines regain leadership of African skies’, especially in the light of comments made earlier this year on the sidelines of the IATA meeting in South Africa, where Dr. Naikuni suggested that the key players in Africa, Kenya Airways, Ethiopian Airlines and South African Airways, come together and form an African airline cooperation, if not outright alliance, to create the critical mass needed to effectively compete with the giants from the Gulf and the European legacy carriers.

AFRAA has just availed the programme for the event, shown herebelow:

45th AGA Programme

Theme: Challenging Times – Africa’s Strategic Alignment

Programme Director (PD): Mr. John Sibi-Okumu

Sunday 24 November


09:00 – 16:00

Delegates Tour to Shimba Hills National Park

14:00 – 18:00

Registration of Participants

15:00 – 17:00

162nd Executive Committee Meeting

19:00 – 21:00

Welcome Cocktail/Dinner sponsored by Boeing

Monday 25 November


08:00 – 08:45

Registration of participants

09:00 – 10:00

Opening Ceremony

. Welcome address by Group MD & CEO, Kenya Airways, Titus Naikuni

. Opening remarks by Secretary General, AFRAA, Elijah Chingosho

. Remarks by NEPAD Transport Infrastructure Expert, Dr. John Tambi

. Official Opening by the Cabinet Secretary for Transport & Infrastructure of the Republic of Kenya, Hon.

Eng. Michael Kamau

. Vote of thanks by the Programme Director, Mr. John Sibi-Okumu

10:00 – 10:30

Coffee Break sponsored by CFM

10:30 – 10:45

10:45 – 11:30

Goodwill Messages by Industry Partners

. Remarks by the Secretary General of AFCAC, Sosina Iyabo

. Remarks by ICAO Regional Director for East/Southern Africa, Meshesha Belayneh

Working session 1

. Anti-trust briefing and Approval of Provisional Agenda

. Adoption of Provisional Agenda

. Adoption of Assembly Programme

. Approval of minutes of the 44th AGA

. Summary Report of the Executive Committee to the AGA

. Annual report of the Secretary General of AFRAA

11:30 – 12:45

Working Session 2 – Closed session

. Approval of statement of accounts for the year ended 31st December 2012

. Appointment of auditors for the year 2013

. Approval of budget and membership subscriptions for the year 2014

. Election of members to the Executive Committee

. Appointment of members of Steering Committees and Task Forces

. Election of Officers – President, Chairman, 1st & 2nd Vice Chairmen of AFRAA

. Reports of Joint Projects

. Planned priorities of 2014

. Date and Venue of the 46th Annual General Assembly

. Any Other Business

12:45 – 14:00

Lunch sponsored by American General Supplies (AGS)

14:00 – 14:30

14:30 – 16:00

Working Session 3

Keynote address by IATA Director General AND CEO, Mr. Tony Tyler

CEOs Roundtable Dialogue Theme: How can African airlines regain leadership of African skies?

CEOs on Panel:

. Dr. Titus Naikuni, MD & CEO, Kenya Airways

. Mr. Tewolde G.Mariam, CEO Ethiopian Airlines

. Mr. Monwabisi Kalawe, CEO South African Airways

. Eng. Emhemed. M. Elwani Chairman Afriqiyah Airways

. Mr. Inati Ntshanga, CEO SA Express

. Mr. Abderahmane Berthe, CEO Air Burkina

Moderator: Mr. John Sibi-Okumu

16:00 – 16:30

Coffee Break sponsored by CFM

16:30 – 17:00

Working Session 4: Special Presentation

The African economic growth trends and implications for air transport development by Dr. Kouassi Joseph

N’GUESSAN, African Development Bank (AfDB)

19:00 – 22:30

Gala Dinner sponsored by Airbus

Tuesday 26 November


09:00 – 10:30

Working Session 5: 1st Panel Discussion:

Theme: New Business opportunities in the growing African aviation market


. Dr. Marlene Manave, CEO, LAM

. Mr. Chris Zweigenthal, CEO, AASA

. Mr. Hadi Akoum, Vice President Sales – Sub Sahara Africa, Airbus

. Mr. Djibril Baba Taboure, VP Middle East and Africa, APG

. Mr. Cornwell Muleya, CEO Air Uganda

Moderator: Aaron Munetsi, Regional General Manager Global Sales – Africa & Middle East, SAA

10:30 – 11:00

Coffee Break sponsored by ResourceGroup

11:00 – 12:30

Working Session 6: 2nd Panel discussion

Theme: Leveraging the power of technology and social media to drive business and address customer needs


. Mr. Christoph Althoff, Regional Director, Western Europe & Sub-Sahara Africa, Amadeus

. Mr. Philippe Poutissou, Vice President – Marketing, Bombardier

. Mr. Sam Munda, Sales Director, Sub-Sahara Africa, SITA

. Ms. Tebello Mokhema, Project Manager, ACI Africa

Moderator: Dr. Jesko-Philipp Neuenburg, Senior Vice President, Seabury Aviation & Aerospace

12:30 – 13:30

Closing Ceremony

. Announcement of members of the Executive Committee

. Confirmation of appointments of members of Task Forces and Steering Committees

. Announcement of Officers – President, Chairman, 1st & 2nd Vice Chairmen of AFRAA

. Proposed final resolutions

. Presentation of certificates to Sponsors

. Acknowledgement of AFRAA Partners

. Remarks & invitation to the 46th AGA by the incoming President

. Closing of Assembly by Dr. Titus Naikuni

13:30 –14:30

Farewell Lunch sponsored by Bombardier

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