GCAA HOLDS CHINA-AFRICA REGIONAL AVIATION COOPERATION CONFERENCE.
The Ghana Civil Aviation Authority has hosted the China-Africa Joint Research Conference and Exchange Programme aimed at enhancing aviation cooperation between Africa and China.
The conference organized by the Chinese Embassy in collaboration with the Ministry of Aviation and the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) was on the theme “China-Africa Regional Aviation Cooperation: Prospects and Policy Recommendations”.
Opening the ceremony, Hon. Cecilia Abena Dapaah, Minister of Aviation said although the African air transport industry currently supports nearly seven million jobs, it faced numerous challenges that hindered the potential growth of the industry including intra-African connectivity and weak human capacity among others. She added however that she was of the strong conviction that “an increased intra-African air connectivity will enable Africa seize the opportunities provided by its demographic and resource advantages”.
The Minister further stated that “The link between Ghana and China is growing steadily with the availability of efficient air connectivity being one of the key contributory factors,” She, therefore, urged airlines in China to take advantage of the numerous Bilateral Air Service Agreements with various African countries and begin operations to several destinations on the continent including Ghana and vice versa.
Ing. Simon Allotey, Director-General of GCAA, speaking on the topic “Developing an enhanced Regulatory Framework and Capacity as catalysts for Sustainable growth of the Air Transport Industry in Africa” stressed on the need for constant knowledge sharing and stronger ties to overcome the challenges in the aviation industry in order to make it stronger. He stated GCAA’s commitment to adopting measures that conform with international standards in its safety oversight obligations.
Acting Chinese Ambassador to Ghana Jiang Zhouteng stated that China’s aim is to enhance its collaborative efforts with African nations in order to help grow its aviation industries to create job opportunities thereby contributing significantly to their economies.
The outcome of the conference is expected to serve as the basis for the upcoming 7th Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) slated for Beijing, China in September 2018.