– Dzifa Ativor Tells Investors
By Alfred K Dogbey
Minister of Transport, Madam Dzifa Aku Attivor, has given high marks to the country’s aviation industry, saying the sector is now witnessing a
She attributed the growth to the country’s “liberalized aviation policies, the stable political climate and the conducive business environment”.
Despite the Minister’s satisfaction with the industry’s performance, she insisted that there was still need for the industry “to be abreast with technology to meet the demands of the sector in response to the worldwide dynamics”.
Mrs. Attivor said this last Tuesday, at the launch of the African Air Expo 2014, at the State Banquet Hall in Accra.
She told a packed hall of dignitaries, including diplomats that Ghana’s aviation industry has seen massive “boost”, since 2011.
To Mrs. Attivor, the surest way for all players to be in tune with the dynamics in the industry is through organizing events, such as Aviation Expos to “enable the captains of the industry to share their experiences, findings, new investments among others with stakeholders’.
The African Air Expo 2014, was organized under the auspices of Transport Ministry and in collaboration with renowned International Centre of Excellence’s (ICE) in Dubai. It was to officially introduce the vision and the objectives behind the “Air Expo” which will be hosted at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) in Accra from October 9, 10 and 11, 2014.
The “Air Expo” provider “a fertile forum from which stakeholders can interact, especially the collaboration with prospective investors in the achievement of government policy of Public Private Partnership (PPP) in the development of our aviation infrastructure in line with the Better Ghana Agenda”.
She explained that “our objective among others in hosting this event was to create the awareness within Africa and the Global Aviation that an investment into Ghana’s Infrastructure Industry in whatever form, would in the final analysis be of mutual benefit to both Ghana, as well as, the stakeholders who bring into our country their expertise and resource”.
Meanwhile, Local Organizing Committee (LOC) is expected to be formed soon to collaborate with ICE and 4M Event organizers to ensure an effective preparation for the event next year.
The LOC will be made up of representatives from the Ministry of Transport, Ministry of Tourism, Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), Ghana Airport Company Ltd, Ghana Immigration Service (GIS), Ghana Revenue Authority (CEPS Division), National Security and Ghana Air Force.
President John Dramani Mahama, patron for the “Air Expo” who was billed to grace the occasion, was represented by his special adviser, Mr. P.V Obeng.
On behalf of Transport Ministry, Madam Ativor expressed gratitude to President John Mahama for giving his blessings and support for the event, assuring that “we hope to achieve our vision of making KIA the aviation hub in the sub-region”.
Present at the launch includes, the newly appointed Managing Director for the Ghana Airports Company (GAC), Charles Asare, the Director General of Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), Air Commodore Kwame Mamphey, among board members of the industry.