Ethiopian Airlines has renewed its support for The Canada-Africa Chamber of Business, following the 3-day Africa Accelerating conference, addressed by its Managing Director for Canada, Mr. Samson Arega.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the former President of South Africa, Hon. Kgalema Motlanthe, were among the nearly 50 speakers and 1500 virtual and in-person delegates at the event.
Mr Arega pledged Ethiopian’s full support as sole airline partner and sponsor for the 27-year old institution accelerating Canada-Africa trade and investment.
Mr Arega detailed the incredible case for Africa’s positioning as the world’s next global growth engine, predicated on the successful achievement of free trade within Africa – while noting the success already achieved in aviation by Ethiopian Airlines.
‘’Africa’s trade and supply chains are enabled by Ethiopian’s cargo capacity. So significant is the success that during the COVID-19 pandemic, cargo revenues ensured the airline remained profitable. Ethiopian Airlines did not lay off or furlough a single full-time employee and never sought a bailout,’’ Mr Arega added.
Ethiopian Airlines is now the world’s fourth largest airline by number of countries served, ensuring every market in Africa is within easy reach, with onward connections to every part of the world.
‘’We seek first place globally. We know that will be achieved when we both drive and enable the next chapter in global economics, enabled in the context of a new era of Canada-Africa trade and investment collaboration – on both economics and public policy,’’ Mr Arega noted.
Garreth Bloor, President of The Canada-Africa Chamber of Business, stated: “As discussed during our engagements, the year-on-year growth of Ethiopian Airlines reflects its ability to not just keep up with Africa’s growth potential, but to serve as a key driving force of Africa’s development.’’