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Ethiopia: The aviation industry is driving Africa’s growth

Toronto (HAN) September 18, 2014 – Public diplomacy and Regional aviation security news. According to Geeska Afrika Online reporter in Toronto, Atto Tewelde Gebre-Mariam, President and CEO of Ethiopian Airlines, presented an strategic statement which he elaborated that the current  aviation industry is the main driving Africa’s growth and integration. In his key statement address at the 2014 Canada-Africa Business Summit in Toronto, he stressed the need for stronger partnerships between African airlines. He also said that Canada could assist African airlines with safety expertise, security, training, infrastructure financing, sharing best experiences and commercial access.

Tewelde Gebre-Mariam, President and CEO of Ethiopian Airlines briefed the challenges affecting Africa’s aviation industry. These include: high oil prices, taxes and charges, limited infrastructure unable to keep pace with growing demand, lack of economic integration in Africa, immigration, bilateral air transport restriction, no common African aviation policy, shortage of foreign currency, little cooperation among African airlines as well as poor ICT infrastructure.

Tewelde Gebre-Mariam, President and CEO of Ethiopian Airlines detailed the worrying trends including high fares, low connectivity within Africa, weak competitive position with non-African carriers and record of value destruction.

Tewelde Gebre-Mariam, President and CEO of Ethiopian Airlines further put forward that liberalizing African skies for African airlines, investing more in infrastructure, deploying latest technology, employing innovation and strong partnership among African airlines, ensuring safety and security as well as taxing less would avoid the worrying trends and challenges facing African air transportation. Following his presentation, Mr. Sameer Adam, Director, Sales, Bombardier, made a key note address on air transportation. Mr. Adam said that Bombardier had strategic cooperative partnership with Ethiopian Airlines with the view to help support its paramount role of connecting Africa.

Tewelde Gebre-Mariam, President and CEO of Ethiopian Airlines added that Bombardier was committed to contribute to aircraft safety and create sustainable aerospace industry through empowering airline workforce. On the same day, the Summit featured sessions, including energy, infrastructure, ICT, finances and natural resources.

Photo: Tewelde Gebre-Mariam, President and CEO of Ethiopian Airlines

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