West Africa Sub-Region: Aviation Experts, policy makers, others meet to discuss Enhancing Air Connectivity, Growth

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L-R: Former President ICAO, Dr. Olumuyiwa Bernard Aliu and Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika

Aviation Ministers, professionals, experts, policy makers and other stakeholders will be meeting at a two-day high level ministerial conference to discuss on how to enhancing Air Transport Connectivity and Growth in West Africa.

The conference which is a high level one is being organized by the Federal Ministry of Aviation in conjunction with International Partners for Aviation Development, Innovation and Sustainability (iPADIS).

The ministerial meeting which will be held virtual/online is met for member States Policy Makers, Air Transport experts, Aviation Professionals and other Stakeholders in the Sub-region.

According to the Director General, Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, Capt. Musa Nuhu in a statement says, the Meeting is aimed at retooling and repositioning Aviation sector within the region to contend with present and future challenges. The event with the theme: Enhancing Air Transport Connectivity and Growth in West Africa is scheduled for Wednesday, 17th and Thursday, 18th March, 2021.

Great numbers of participants expected to brainstorm in the all- important event comprised Ministers, DGs/CEOs of Aviation Agencies, Tourism, Public Health and Border Control Sectors from Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and contracting States.

Others are Heads of international and regional organizations, including International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), United Nation World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), World Health Organisation (WHO), International Air Transport Association (IATA), Airport Council International (ACI), African Union Commission (AUC), African Civil Aviation Commission (AFCAC), Africa Airlines Association (AFRAA), African Air Traffic Management Organisation (ASECNA),Industrial Training Fund (ITF), Heads of civil society and media organisations, etc.

The Director General, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Capt. Musa Nuhu will deliver welcome and introduction address while the official opening will be conducted by Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Aviation, Engr. Hassan Musa.

Meanwhile, Founder and President of International Partners for Aviation Development, Innovation and Sustainability (iPADIS), Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu will deliver keynote address.

The first day which will witness meeting of Experts led DGs of Civil Aviation will consists of five (5) sessions. The discourse will centre on Pre-COVID challenges to air transport development in the West African region; challenges and risks that encumbered the development and implementation of solutions at national levels; current and future impacts of pandemic on air connectivity; strategies and sectorial synergies that are required for air transport growth; and adoption of conclusions and recommendations.

On the other hand, Day 2 will be officially opened by Honourable Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika. Meanwhile, welcome and introduction will be done by Engr. Hassan Musa, Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Aviation. 

Afterwards there will be Presentations, discussion of the report of the experts meeting and adoption of recommendations and conclusions towards Regional Action plan.

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