The Association of the world’s airports, Airports Council International (ACI) is holding its 28th Annual General Meeting, Regional Conference and Exhibition at the Kempinski Hotel in Accra, Ghana. The conference, which has been reported to be one of the best attended, has about 40 companies in the airline industry exhibiting their products and services at the hotel.
Launching the programme, the President of the Republic of Ghana, His Excellency, Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo Addo, expressed joy at the fact that Ghana was deemed an appropriate country to host this year’s meeting. He said that the aviation industry is very vital to every economy and has contributed 62.7 million jobs to the global community according to a 2017 report released by IATA, and about 3.5% in terms of GDP to the global economy.
He was hopeful that the conference would provide an opportunity for the sharing of ideas and innovations to even improve further the standards that have been attained.
President Nana Addo noted that the local airports in Ghana, notably the Kumasi and Tamale airports will see some facelifts so they can become alternatives to the Kotoka International Airport for the travelling public.
He said that currently, 38 airlines operate in Ghana and the Kotoka International airport is highly rated in Africa.
The Director General of ACI, Angela Gittens stated that Africa is home to some of the fastest growing economies and called for innovative solutions that would help airports grow.
The Secretary General of ACI, Africa, Mr Ali Tounsi, called for vision and innovation for better and efficient systems at our airports.
The ACI is a non-profit organisation, whose prime purpose is to advance the interests of airports and to promote professional excellence in airport management and operations. By fostering cooperation amongst airports, world aviation organisations and business partners, ACI makes a significant contribution to providing the traveling public with an air transport system that is safe, secure, efficient and environmentally responsible.
As the international association of the worlds’ commercial service airports, ACI represents the collective positions of its membership, which are established through committees and endorsed by the ACI Governing Board. These views reflect the common interests of the global airports community.
Also at the function were the Minister of Aviation, Mr Joseph Kofi Adda and the Board Chairperson of the Ghana Airport Company Ltd, Mrs Oboshie Sai Cofie among others.
The conference will end on the 18th October, 2019.
BusinessGhana with some information from www.aci-africa.aero