#Kigali #Rwanda hosting the African Aviation Week


(Posted 06th July 2018)

A dedicated African Aviation Week championing best practice, market liberalisation and world-class safety standards across the continent will be held in Kigali, Rwanda from 10-14 September. The initiative is being promoted by the AviAssist Foundation, Ground Handling International and the AviaDev Africa forum.

The week will be held under the patronage of the Government of the Republic of Rwanda. “The initiative will unite decision makers from key industry sectors to discuss practical steps to delivering on the continent’s huge aviation growth potential”, said Rwanda’s Minister of State in charge of Transport, Hon. Eng. Jean de Dieu Uwihanganye.

Africa is tipped to be the world’s fastest growing aviation market with nearly 6% growth by 2036 and an extra 274 million passengers a year. The Aviation Week aims to support that growth in an orderly and safe manner. The events in the African Aviation Week will assist regional stakeholders in overcoming barriers to growth.

We are excited about this aviation week as part of our efforts to create East Africa’s leading resource centre for safety promotion in Rwanda, the ASPC-Rwanda”, stated AviAssist director Tom Kok.

Max Gosney, Ground Handling International’s (GHI’s) Portfolio Director, said: “African Aviation Week will unite stakeholders from across the continent. It is an event for those who are passionate about their industry, keen to celebrate African aviation success stories and champion safety excellence. There are challenges to overcome and for that collaboration between stakeholders have to be promoted.”

The week will comprise the 4th African Stakeholders’ GHI Conference and the Safety in African Aviation Conference. Next to that there will be a wealth of training events ranging from a course on Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (‘drones’) and international air law to State Safety Programs and aviation mental health. GHI’s African Stakeholders’ Conference will also offer a premium One-to-One meetings service to facilitate co-operation between African aviation decision makers.

Event airline is RwandAir and the airline’s CEO Yvonne Makolo said: “RwandAir is all about strategically linking Rwanda with the outside world, while ensuring a fair return on investment in the air transport sector. My RwandAir colleagues and I look forward to welcoming the delegates to our home base of Kigali, gateway to Africa. “

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