SUSTAINABILITY is the key theme running through the 2020 Aviation Africa Summit. Sustainability for the environment; sustainability of operations through periods of intense growth; and sustainability of finance and financial planning.
The two-day conference is part of the Aviation Africa Summit and Exhibition and is taking place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for the first time.
Hosted by Ethiopian Airlines and Ethiopia’s Civil Aviation Authority, the event is bringing top names in the African industry to the nation’s capital.
Ethiopian Airlines CEO Ato Tewolde GabreMariam tops the list. He will join summit chairman Alan Peaford for a full and frank discussion about the state of the industry, about Ethiopian Airlines strategy and a year after the tragic ET302 crash, there will be insight into how an airline deals with that very worst of days.
As the African aviation numbers continue to grow – they will double in the next 10 years – we look at how fast growth can be sustained, while still meeting global industry environmental targets.
Will it only be government-owned airlines that can meet the challenge. The summit will look at how privatisation may be the business model of choice but is there a role for public-private ventures and what should the relationship with the shareholder be like.
Airline CEOs, CFOs and COOs will lead the discussion in a series of panels and presentations as we look at new ideas to finance the capital-intensive demands.
Africa’s airports come under scrutiny as we consider their growth, sustainability and social responsibility. Consultants, airport operators and service providers come together to share ideas and solutions.
A key element of sustaining the operation during an intense period of growth is that of human capital. A top-line panel from airlines, airports, regulators, the aviation services and training sectors will explore how to tackle the barriers affecting aviation and how best to achieve a more diverse, inclusive and resilient industry and how best to close the skills gap.
Involvement by leading industry bodies such as AFCAC, AFRAA, ICAO and IATA adds weight to the debate.
Business and private aviation are facing challenges around the world as part of the emissions debate, but Aviation Africa brings in key players to show how this industry stimulates economic growth for African industry and the benefits that exist in terms of security and productivity for business aviation users.
Security is another key pillar in sustainability and Aviation Africa will look at how African nations can cooperate and collaborate through defence partnerships and how the aerospace and defence industries can bring affordable solutions for multi-mission requirements.
The full summit programme is being developed in conjunction with an advisory board and we will keep you updated on