The Federal Ministry of Aviation in conjunction with International Partners for Aviation Development, Innovation and Sustainability (iPADIS) is organising a two-day High Level Ministerial Meeting on Enhancing Air Transport Connectivity and Growth in West Africa.
The virtual/online ministerial meeting is for member states policy makers, Air Transport experts, Aviation professionals and other stakeholders in the sub-region.
According to a statement from the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), the high level Ministerial Meeting is aimed at retooling and repositioning Aviation sector within the region to contend with present and future challenges.
The event with the theme: Enhancing Air Transport Connectivity and Growth in West Africa is scheduled for Wednesday, 17th and Thursday, 18th March, 2021.
Great numbers of participants expected to brainstorm in the all-important event comprised ministers, director generals/CEOs of Aviation agencies, Tourism, Public Health and Border Control sectors from Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and contracting states.
Others are heads of international and regional organisations, including International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), United Nation World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), World Health Organisation (WHO), International Air Transport Association (IATA), Airport Council International (ACI), African Union Commission (AUC), African Civil Aviation Commission (AFCAC), Africa Airlines Association (AFRAA), African Air Traffic Management Organisation (ASECNA),Industrial Training Fund (ITF), heads of civil society and media organisations, and other allied organisations.
The Statement disclosed that the Director General of NCAA, Capt. Musa Nuhu, will deliver welcome and introduction address while the official opening will be conducted by Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Aviation, Engr. Hassan Musa.
Meanwhile, Founder and President of iPADIS, Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu will deliver keynote address.
“The first day which will witness meeting of experts led by director generals of Civil Aviation will consist of five sessions.
“The discourse will centre on pre-COVID challenges to air transport development in the West African region; challenges and risks that encumbered the development and implementation of solutions at national levels; current and future impacts of pandemic on air connectivity; strategies and sectorial synergies that are required for air transport growth; and adoption of conclusions and recommendations.
“On the other hand, day two will be officially opened by Honourable Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika.
“Afterwards there will be Presentations, discussion of the report of the experts meeting and adoption of recommendations and conclusions towards Regional Action plan,” the statement explained.