Caption: Mr. Abdérahmane Berthé, AFRAA SG (right) meets Hon. Jean Ernest Ngalle Bibehe (left), Minister of Transport of the Republic of Cameroon, ahead of 51st AFRAA AGA and Summit in Yaoundé, Cameroon from 24-26 November 2019
The Secretary General of the African Airlines Association (AFRAA), Mr. Abdérahmane Berthé, recently met the Minister of Transport of the Republic of Cameroon, Honourable Jean Ernest Ngalle Bibehe and other government stakeholders in Yaoundé ahead of the 51st AFRAA Annual General Assembly (AGA) and Summit. The AFRAA AGA is scheduled to take place from 24-26 November 2019 in Yaoundé.
Mr. Berthé expressed appreciation to the government of Cameroon’s support to the development of aviation in the country. He applauded the government’s commitment to the liberalization of African skies noting that Cameroon was the 28th State to sign the solemn commitment for the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM).
He said: “The Airline business cannot grow and thrive without market access – it is one of the critical factors for airlines business to succeed. With the liberalization of African skies for African carriers, the African airspace is poised for greater heights that will bring us closer to our common goal of an integrated and prosperous Africa.”
He adds: “AFRAA urges airports to adhere to ICAO’s principle of user consultation in the determination and fixing of charges and fees to ensure that they are commensurate with the level of service delivered,: revealing: “In line of the new strategic direction of the Association, AFRAA has launched various new Task Forces for its members. Through the new Projects, we seek to several avenues to address pertinent challenges and identify common solutions to pave way for a stronger Association for our members.”
Camair-Co is the host of the 51st AGA which is the premier gathering of African airline CEOs and senior global aviation executives. Annually, the AGA brings together aviation leaders and stakeholders to take stock of aviation milestones and plan the future for the development of African aviation.
The President of AFRAA and CEO of Camair-Co, Mr. Ernest Dikoum thanked AFRAA for the opportunity to host this major aviation event. He stated that hosting the event in Cameroon, and in particular, Yaoundé, presented an excellent opportunity to strengthen aviation in the country and further promotes the tourism sector.