African aviation stakeholders will meet in Kigali, Rwanda, from May 7-9 for the 5th Aviation Stakeholders Convention.
The conference is organized by the African Airlines Association (AFRAA) in partnership with RwandAir with the view to fostering dialogue, building sustainable networks in supply chain management, and creating a competitive environment for aviation business in the continent.
Convened under the patronage of the Rwandan Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure, this important industry event in Africa has been endorsed by the Rwanda Civil Aviation Authority and the Rwanda Development Board and is expected to bring together about 400 participants consisting mainly of airlines, civil aviation authorities, airports, air navigation service providers, ground handlers, aviation regulators, aircraft/engine manufacturers, component suppliers, service providers in the aviation industry, and other aviation stakeholders.
According to the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA’s) 20-year passenger forecast, Africa is set for strong expansion in air connectivity with passenger growth expected to average 4.4%. This growth in both passenger and cargo uplift is spurred by huge economic growth and investments in many African countries. The aviation industry supports 6.9 million jobs and $80 billion in GDP in Africa, and its important role across the continent cannot be understated. Building partnerships for the mutual benefit of the aviation industry is necessary in order to exploit the opportunities in Africa and overcome the huge challenges that abound in the continent.
“AFRAA aims to bring together the suppliers of the whole range of aviation products and services and the potential customers of these products and services at one venue annually for purposes of networking, knowledge exchange, business negotiations, and forging of win-win business relationships,” AFRAA Secretary General, Dr. Chingosho, said when announcing the conference. He added that the forum is a platform that facilitates the exploitation of opportunities on the continent by the various stakeholders with the view to ultimately improve the aviation support base in the continent. He paid tribute to RwandAir, noting the airline’s important role in connecting the country to the African continent and indeed to the rest of the world.
RwandAir Chief Executive Officer Mr. John Mirenge thanked the association for choosing “Remarkable Rwanda” as the venue for the convention. He added: “RwandAir is an important player in the aviation industry in the region. Staging the convention at RwandAir’s home base and hub will be a great opportunity to further strengthen Rwanda’s place as an aviation country in the region.” He also mentioned that hosting the convention in Kigali is a great opportunity to showcase the country’s infrastructure and natural attractions for business, tourism, and personal travel, as well as a preferred destination for conference tourism.
Convened under the theme “Winning Together through Innovation and Collaboration,” the conference is structured to incorporate presentations and panel discussions on trendy subjects in aviation on one hand and on the other, the event shall allow for networking opportunities, one-on-one B2B appointments, and masterclasses facilitated by industry experts. There will also be an exhibition of products, solutions, and services by aviation suppliers in different categories. Suppliers and/or service providers will benefit from the outstanding visibility, networking, and direct sales opportunities by displaying their products and interacting with delegates at the conference. The convention will also provide an outstanding brand visibility and business opportunity for industry partners and suppliers of equipment, components, solutions, and services.
RwandAir is the official carrier of the event and is granting discounts on air travel for all delegates attending the Aviation Stakeholders Convention for all flights throughout its network.
Among the proud event sponsors and exhibitor are: African Aerospace, Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS), Bombardier, EgyptAir Training Center and MRO, Ethiopian Airlines MRO and Aviation Academy, Hahnair, Kenya Airways MRO and Training Center, Kenya Civil Aviation Authority, MTU Maintenance, Sabre Airline Solutions, SITA, South African Airways Technical and Training, Tunisair Technics, VIVO Energy Uganda, and Wirecard Technologies GMBH.