Prime Minister Dr. Eduard Ngirente has said that African governments and airlines should harmonize their operations including airport taxes, improve and expand aviation infrastructure and train the required personnel if the industry is to keep in tandem with global aviation development trends.
Ngirente who was speaking yesterday while officiating the opening of the 49th annual African Airlines Association General Assembly in Kigali under the theme ‘Rethinking strategies for airline profitability in Africa’ noted that to promote intra Africa trade, African Countries should facilitate and offer visas upon arrival to increase the number of air passengers and cargo. Premier reminded countries to sign the 1999 Yamoussoukro Decision concerning the liberalization of access to airport markets in Africa.
“It is our call that, countries which have not yet signed the 1999 Yamoussoukro Decision concerning the liberalization of access to air transport markets in Africa do so as a matter of urgency,” he urged.
He requested participants to use the assembly as an opportunity to discuss, share experiences and come up with recommendations to address the challenges facing the aviation sector.
“Let us all strive to work together to continue promoting the African Aviation sector for the better future of the entire African continent,” he urged participants.
However, Ngirente said as airline operations become more streamlined in Africa, startup airlines are increasing and are reaching out to take advantage of growing opportunities within the African aviation sector.
According to Ngirente, Rwanda has chosen to promote the aviation industry as an enabler of economic transformation.
Statistics have shown that the aviation industry is an enabling force for economic transformation.
According to 2017 report by Air Transport Action Group released September this year, air transport supports an estimated 63 million jobs globally and contributes $2.7 trillion to global Gross Domestic Product (GDP), equivalent to 3.5% of the global total.
Prime Minister Dr. Eduard Ngirente speaks in AFRAA general Assembly in Kigali