On 14 February 2019, the African Airlines Association(AFRAA) Secretary General Mr Abdérahmane Berthé visited the Cameroonian stakeholders in the aviation sector in Yaounde city including the Minister Deputy Secretary General of the Presidency of the Republic of Cameroon, Mr. Mohamadou Moustafa, the Minister of Transport of the Republic of Cameroon, Honourable Jean Ernest Ngalle Bibehe among others.
Accompanied by Camair-Co Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Ernest Dikoum,this visit took place just ahead of the 51st AFRAA Annual General Assembly (AGA) and Summit. The AFRAA AGA is scheduled to take place from 24-26 November 2019 in Yaoundé,the political capital of Cameroon.
According to the press statement released by AFRAA,Mr. Berthé expressed during a joint press conference, the appreciation to the government of Cameroon’s support to the development of aviation in the country. He
applauded the government’s commitment to the liberalization of African skies noting that Cameroon was the 28th State to sign the solemn commitment for the Single Air Transport Market (SAATM). “The Airline business cannot grow and thrive without market access it is one of the critical factors for airlines business to succeed. With the liberalization of
African skies for African carriers, the African airspace is poised for greater heights that will bring us closer to our common goal of an integrated and prosperous Africa,” he said.
High taxes and charges in Africa which are among the main factors that
have resulted in high cost of operations in the African Aviation industry were the major challenges discussed during the meeting.
Among other factors, the Secretary General encouraged collaboration among African airlines. He highlighted various forms of collaboration and resource sharing among airlines which AFRAA is addressing. “In line of the new strategic direction of the Association, AFRAA has launched various new Task Forces for its members. Through the new Projects, we seek to several avenues to address pertinent challenges and identify common solutions to pave way for a stronger Association for our members”, said Mr Berthé. During the meeting,The National airline of Cameroon Camair-Co was also commended on its recent renewal of IOSA which demonstrates the airline’s adherence to world-class safety standards.
The 51st AFRAA Annual General Assembly(AGA) to take place in Yaounde in September will discuss issues on the development of air transport in Africa in general and development opportunities for African airlines in particular. Air transport in Africa is an economic bridge – linking people, goods and capital to markets and industries and integrating the vast continent.
The President of AFRAA and CEO of Camair-Co, Mr. Ernest Dikoum on his part thanked AFRAA for the opportunity to host this major aviation event. He stated that hosting the event in Cameroon, and in particular, Yaoundé, presented an excellent opportunity to strengthen aviation in the country and further promotes the tourism sector. “It is a pleasure and an honor to host the 51st AFRAA Annual General Assembly and Summit in Yaoundé. Camair-Co looks forward to welcome airline top executives and other aviation stakeholders to Cameroon.” He said.
In addition to the provision of an excellent platform for brand visibility through sponsorship, the General Assembly and Summit of AFRAA will present exhibition opportunities for aviation companies to showcase their services, equipment, components, supplies and IT solutions. The 51st AFRAA AGA will be attended by Chairmen and CEOs from African airlines, ICAO, IATA, AFCAC, civil aviation authorities, airport companies, air navigation services providers as well as aircraft and engine manufacturers, component suppliers, and many other service providers.
Founded in Accra, Ghana, in April, 1968, and headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, the primary purposes of AFRAA are to foster commercial and technical co-operation among African airlines and to represent their common interests. AFRAA membership of 40 airlines cuts across the entire continent and includes all the major intercontinental African operators. The Association members represent over 85% of total international traffic carried by African airlines.