Over 400 participants to attend ‘changing African aviation narrative’ convention in Addis Ababa

Ethiopian Airlines under the patronage of the Government of Ethiopia will be hosting other African countries at a conference where the different participants from the continent and across the globe will deliberate on why as a market, Africa’s share over several decades has remained stagnant at less than 3% of the world market with a view to taking action that will change this narrative.

The theme of the conference: “Changing the African Aviation Narrative” will among others unravel why despite Africa’s vast landmass with its population accounting for 16 percent of the world population, its low share of global trade of 2 percent and the excellent opportunity abound to develop air transport, the continent is still lagging behind.

Describing the stakeholders convention which is the 11th in the series and scheduled to take place from 07-09 May 2023 as timely and aligned to address the challenges, Ethiopian airlines announced that over 400 delegates from Africa and across the globe are being expected.

The Convention according to ET “is one of Africa’s leading forums for air transport industry stakeholders to dialogue, exchange knowledge and experiences for the development of the travel ecosystem. Several African airline Chief Executive Officers and aviation industry thought leaders will be present at the event.”

Speaking in Addis Ababa on the significance of attainment of sustainability that will change the narrative of Africa’s air transport, Mr. Abdérahmane Berthé emphasized the importance of dialogue among stakeholders and collaborative initiatives such as those facilitated by AFRAA.

His words: “AFRAA and Ethiopian Airlines are excited to stage this Convention for the travel ecosystem stakeholders to meet, deliberate on strategies to enhance efficiencies, create synergies, develop intra-Africa connectivity, ensure business continuity that will redefine the narrative of Africa air transport industry.”

For Mr. Mesfin Bekele, Group CEO, Ethiopian Airlines: “We are delighted to host the 11th Aviation Stakeholders’ Convention of AFRAA which will serve as a forum for stakeholders in the industry to put their heads together and discuss the opportunities and pressing issues in Africa’s aviation sector. The forum will showcase the ‘Africa Rising’ mantra manifested in the growing opportunities for all stakeholders in the continent’s aviation industry.”

The Convention will be held from 07-09 May 2023 at the Skylight Hotel in Addis Ababa Ethiopia with a robust and comprehensive programme lined up to facilitate discussions on various salient topics, masterclasses, networking opportunities at social events and B2B sessions through a conferencing application.

Delegates will have the opportunity to network and discuss developments in the industry and forge business partnerships.

The convention has also set aside May 10th for corporate social responsibility (CSR) events aimed at empowering the next generation of aviators at the Ethiopian University. The event will be sponsored by Collins Aerospace and staged in collaboration with AFRAA and Ethiopian Airlines.

There shall also be exhibition and showcase of aviation-related products and solutions at the exhibition segment of the Convention.

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