Failing to address some air transport challenges affects aviation threats to insecurity and also makes it remain expensive.
Speaking at the ‘Aviation Africa Summit 2017, held in Kigali on Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017’ ,President Kagame said , “This is an exciting time for our country and the our continent as we see new networks and capabilities beginning to take shape which brings us closer to prosperous future that our people want and deserve.”
“The growth of the mega businesses which depend on the vibrant aviation sector is also considerably slowed hurting all of us.As we work to expand regional transportation, and digital networks we must do the same with air transport if we want to increase tourism trade and investment within Africa, and with the rest of the world,” he added
He said Africans still remain enthusiastic about the renewed focus on the growth aviation in Africa, hoping that in the near future when a passenger in Africa transits through a city outside the continent in order to reach another African city, it will not be out of necessity but by choice.
“Removing barriers is imperative but not enough. We also need to build expertise and capacity in different aspects of the aviation industry the brand quality of African airlines rest on excellent service and comfort an impeccable safety record, good corporate governance as well as integrated latest technology,” he said.
He urged Africans that they must therefore consistently exceed expectations in order to compete globally. An additional plus, is the opportunity to leverage the continent’s favorable demographic dividend by also tipping more youth to join aviation industry to improve the sector at stance.
“We want to see many young Rwandans and Africans pursuing careers in aviation, as pilots, engineers, designers or business analysts.
Rwanda has stepped up efforts towards creation of single African air transport market by fully opening up skies and working actively with partner states to do the same.However, the Yamoussoukro decision still needs to be fully implemented, and Africa remains more connected with other continents than it is internally.
When our skies are closed, it is harder to make air transport safer, more reliable and more affordable while he called for innovative approaches in addressing current aviation challenges.
Innovation is critical to sustainability. We, in Rwanda …along the way we get the better understanding of what it takes to succeed in this business. For example the aviation sector extends beyond the airlines to include the full range of associated services represented by many of you here such as airport management, curb handling, logistics and maintenance,” he concluded.
This is a first aviation Africa conference to take place on the African continent and it comes 15 years after 44 member of the African Union committed to regulate airspace services and promote competitive regional aviation market.
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