At a colourful ceremony attended by Uganda’s Minister of Transport Katumba Wamala, AFRAA and Uganda Airlines officially launched the 55th Annual General Assembly (AGA) and summit of the Association.
The 55th African Airlines Association (AFRAA) Annual General Assembly (AGA) and Summit will be held from 19-21 November 2023 at the Speke Resort in Entebbe, Uganda and will be hosted by Uganda Airlines and the government.
The event is expected to attract about 500 high-profile delegates from the aviation industry in Africa, Europe, Middle East, Asia and North America.
Speaking at the launch, AFRAA Secretary General, Abdérahmane Berthé said, “AFRAA is excited to host the 55th AGA in Uganda. This will give Uganda Airlines a unique opportunity to showcase its profile and its developing role in African aviation. Uganda Airlines being a young and vibrant player in the aviation industry in the Eastern African sub-region, staging the AGA at the airline’s home base and hub will be a great opportunity to achieve this objective. AFRAA looks forward to hosting the African air transport ecosystem stakeholders in Uganda for a memorable Assembly.”
Chief Executive Officer and AFRAA 2023 president Jenifer Bamuturaki said, “This year, Uganda Airlines pledges to open its doors of hospitality, warmth, and service to all delegates of the 55th AFRAA-AGA. This will be no ordinary General Assembly; it will be exciting and engaging, with many learnings drawn from industry developments.”
“I believe that this year’s Annual General Assembly will issues and fragility points that the industry grapples with. I also look forward to plenaries that will discuss industry action-based topics dear to my heart, like increasing safe spaces for women to thrive in aviation, and creating optimism for the youth in the industry and beyond sustainability. The event will also bring together cross-industry players in Tourism, Regulation, and Taxation that impact the industry. Uganda Airlines is honoured to host the 55th AFRAA Annual General Assembly as the official carrier,” she said.
The AFRAA AGA is the biggest aviation summit in Africa and will be attended by chairmen and CEOs from African airlines and decision makers from ICAO, IATA, AFCAC, civil aviation authorities, airport companies, air navigation services providers as well as aircraft and engine manufacturers, component suppliers, and many other service providers.
The event will discuss issues on the development of air transport in Africa in general and development opportunities for African airlines in particular. Air transport in Africa is an economic bridge – linking people, goods, and capital to markets and industries and integrating the vast continent.