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Keyamo Applauds NANTA’s Innovative Drive in Boosting African Travel, Trade and Tourism

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The Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development, Festus Keyamo has applauded the National Association of Nigeria Travel Agencies, NANTA for its innovative approach to promoting African trade and tourism. 

In his address of welcome at the 48th Annual General Meeting, Conference and Exhibition in Lagos with the theme: “Unlocking Africa’s Economic Potential: Travel and Tourism As Catalyst for Intra-Africa Business, Investment and Trade”, the minister stressed the significance of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) and the role that associations like NANTA play in facilitating the movement of people, goods, and services.

According to the minister represented by the Director, Air Transport Management Service, Mr. Hassan Ejibunor, NANTA and the Ministry have had excellent relationship in the area of cooperation, citing their joint efforts to address the issue of “trapped funds” affecting foreign airlines operating in Nigeria. 

He reiterated his administration’s commitment to promoting the growth of the aviation sector, outlining a 5-Point Agenda aimed at accelerating the industry’s development.

In achieving his 5-point agenda for the aviation industry, he listed initiatives taken by his ministry, including a recent business forum in France to discuss infrastructure development with leading French institutions and companies in civil aviation. 

He also disclosed plans to review Nigeria’s Bilateral Air Services Agreements (BASAs) to ensure reciprocity and improve connectivity.

On the recent launch of Air Peace flight to London, Keyamo commended the airline for success, marking a significant milestone in the country’s aviation sector. 

He praised the airline’s chairman and management team for their commitment to promoting Nigeria’s interests and breaking new grounds in air travel.

Part of the NANTA’s event was the launch of its maiden edition of the Inter-Africa Travel and Trade Exhibition, aimed at promoting intra-African trade, investment, and tourism and a platform for stakeholders to explore opportunities for growth and development in the travel, tourism, business, trade, and investment sectors.

It brought together stakeholders from across the continent to explore opportunities for growth and development.

The Exhibition is expected to be a biennial event.

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