PUBLISHER’S NOTE

PUBLISHER’S NOTE

TMs. Adefunke Adeyemi as its new Secretary General during its Plenary in Dakar, Senegal. This is indeed a very positive development. We congratulate Ms. Adeyemi on her election and look forward to an impactful leadership. Ms. Adeyemi brings a wealth of experience in management, advocacy and partnership which we believe will serve AFCAC well. Considering that Africa is at a critical phase of its aviation development as well as recovery from the pandemic, the election of a substantive Secretary General strengthens the Agency to engage more robustly in the execution of its various mandates regarding air transport liberalization, training, safety, security and the environment. We are pleased to assure AFCAC of our continued support and partnership in aviation development in Africa. We equally commend the African Airlines Association (AFRAA) for its efforts in building capacity and partnerships among Africa airlines and industry partners for improved interconnectivity and successful implementation of SAATM in Africa. In addition, AFRAA, AFCAC and regional institutions should strengthen the advocacy for reduced taxes and other avoidable costs on air transport. We urge the African Union Commission (AUC) to encourage States to reduce taxes and provide essential support to the aviation sector given the superseding benefits of this to the operationalization of the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM), the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) as well as the African Union (AU) Agenda 2063 economic goal. As the Triennial Assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) holding from September 27 to October 7, 2022 draws closer, we urge for a coordinated African position on key issues of concern to the region during the Assembly including safety, security, environment, etc. Africa should take leadership in implementing the outcomes and guidelines of the Triennial Assembly, which are expected to guide global industry activities over the next three years. Given the continent’s immense potentials, Africa must strengthen its contributions and market share in global civil aviation. Specifically, the continent has the opportunity in the development of Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAFs) already being explored by some States in partnership with ICAO. We urge for enhanced coordination and investments in this regard, to position Africa as an exporting region for SAFs, while contributing to the achievement of aviation industry’s target of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 and ICOA’s Long Term Aspirational Goals (LTAGs). This current edition focuses on Air Traffic Management (ATM) and Aviation Training, and offers fresh articles on evolving aspects of ATM, Urban Air Mobility and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. We feature also reports from AFCAC’s Workshop on building capacity in the all-important Economic Regulation among COMESA States which held in Kigali, Rwanda in July. Also, read up emerging trends in aviation leadership development in Africa post pandemic, as well as interviews with top industry executives. We thank you for your continued partnership and solicit your support to enable us serve you better in Africa.

Thank you.

 

Capt. Edward Boyo