The African Business Aviation Association (AfBAA) launched its first independent Chapter on 9 August 2016, when the AfBAA Ethiopia Chapter was formed in the country's capital Addis Ababa. The meeting, which was also the first in a series of AfBAA Country Roundtables, was attended by almost 40 delegates. Representatives from both the public and private sectors discussed the current state of business aviation in Ethiopia, and how best to enhance the industry, and its anticipated growth.
Representatives of the civil aviation authority, AfBAA's executive director, private operators, aviation suppliers, Ethiopian Airlines, and members of the media, discussed challenges and solutions related to the development of Ethiopia's business aviation sector.
The event commenced in the morning with a keynote address from AfBAA's executive director, Mr. Rady Fahmy, defining the role AfBAA plays in the growth of business aviation on the continent. Mr Fahmy highlighted that the association anticipates Ethiopia will experience tremendous growth of, and greater opportunities for, business aviation:
“We have identified two countries that we believe will witness major growth in the upcoming decade. One of those two countries is Ethiopia. We, as your association, have been fortunate to observe the factors that have created growth in certain countries around Africa, and I am here to share with you that it is our belief that it is only a matter of time before Ethiopia becomes a major business aviation hub. It is inevitable - in our best judgment - that Ethiopia will join, or perhaps lead Africa in business aviation, just like it currently does in commercial aviation.”
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