By Spy Uganda
Uganda is in high preparations to host the 55th African Airlines Association (AFRAA) Annual General Assembly (AGA) that will be held from 19-21 November 2023 at the Speke Resort Munyonyo.
The dates were unveiled yesterday at a colourful ceremony by the Minister of Transport of the Republic of Uganda – Hon. Gen. Katumba Wamala, AFRAA and Uganda Airlines.
The AGA will be hosted by Uganda Airlines under the patronage of the Government of Uganda. The event is expected to attract about 500 high profile delegates from the aviation industry in Africa, Europe, Middle East, Asia and North America.
Speaking at the launch, AFRAA Secretary General, Mr. Abdérahmane Berthé said: “AFRAA is excited to host the 55th AGA in Uganda. This will give Uganda Airlines a unique opportunity to showcase its profile and its developing role in African aviation. Staging the AGA at the airline’s home base and hub will be a great opportunity to achieve this objective. AFRAA looks forward to host the African air transport ecosystem stakeholders in Uganda for a memorable Assembly.”
In her speech, Jenifer Bamuturaki – the airline CEO and AFRAA’s 2023 president said: “This year, Uganda Airlines pledges to open its doors of hospitality, warmth, and service to all delegates of the 55th AFRAA-AGA. This will be no ordinary General Assembly; it will be exciting and engaging, with many learnings drawn from industry developments.”
“I believe that this year’s AGA will embark on a journey to address these issues and fragility points that the industry grapples with. I also look forward to plenaries that will discuss industry action-based topics dear to my heart, like increasing safe spaces for women to thrive in aviation, creating optimism for the youth in the industry and beyond sustainability. The event will also bring together cross-industry players in tourism, regulation, and taxation that impact the industry.”
The AFRAA AGA will be attended by Chairs and CEOs from African airlines and decision makers from ICAO, IATA, AFCAC, civil aviation authorities, airport companies, air navigation services providers as well as aircraft and engine manufacturers, component suppliers, and many other service providers. The event will discuss issues on the development of air transport in Africa in general and development opportunities for African airlines in particular. Air transport in Africa is an economic bridge – linking people, goods and capital to markets and industries and integrating the vast continent.
In addition to statutory Assembly matters to be discussed, there will be an exhibition of products, solutions and the latest technologies.