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Nairobi’s Governor to open first African airports forum

Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero is expected to open the first ever African Airports Evolution Forum next Monday (28 October 2013). The three-day Forum, hosted by the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA), will be held at Nairobi’s Laico Regency Hotel.



The African Airports Evolution Forum was designed to provide room for discussion on airspace and market liberalisation, regional collaboration, and the role of aviation in reducing the cost of doing business in Africa.

The city of Nairobi was chosen as the venue for the first of these forums as it is one of East Africa’s leading airport cities alongside Addis Ababa and Kigali.

Kenya is making significant strides to streamline its transport systems to open up local and regional transport corridors as part of Vision 2030. As Governor of Nairobi, Dr. Kidero recently secured a Kshs90 billion (US$1 billion) deal with the China Investment Bank for development of the city’s infrastructure.

KCAA Director-General, Colonel (Rtd) Hilary K. Kioko, will be at the event to promote cross-border collaboration in regional infrastructure development and air transport liberalisation, both of which are key elements required to support growth in the aviation sector. Col Kioko will be accompanied by Jonathan Lodompui, Assistant Director of Reforms, Vision 2030.

George Sambali, Advisor to the Director-General of the Tanzania Airports Authority, and Henry Ogoye, Head of Corporate Planning and Strategy at the Kenya Airports Authority, will be highlighting future projects for airport modernisation and commercialisation.

The increasing pace of airport development across Africa combined with high growth in air traffic is creating new commercial opportunities for both aeronautical and non-aeronautical revenue streams for airports. Generating outlets for non-aeronautical revenue through airport development is one of the ways in which the African aviation market will mitigate against any negative growth trends in passenger and cargo traffic.

“This forum also provides an opportunity for engineers to learn about and prepare for upcoming projects in airport engineering, terminal design and runway construction in Africa,” says Swaleh Kassera, Executive Secretary of the Institution of Engineers Tanzania.

The African Airports Evolution Forum is hosted by the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority and sponsored by leading international companies in the field including Egis Avia, Hella, Motorola Solutions, Thales ATM, Touchwork and Youyang Airport Lighting Equipment Inc. Representatives of these companies will be at the Forum.

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