Nairobi – Kenya, 20 November 2017: The African Airlines Association (AFRAA) and the International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 13th November 2017 to work closely on development of air cargo for the benefit of their mutual members and the industry at large. The MoU was singed at the side-lines of the just-concluded AFRAA 49th Annual General Assembly & Summit that took place at the Kigali Convention Centre in Rwanda.
According to Dr. Elijah Chingosho, “AFRAA is constantly seeking ways to create more value to its members, and in doing so we are very excited to deepen the cooperation with TIACA, to tap into their expertise and knowhow on air cargo. With the financial and economic performance of African airlines being currently below global standards, AFRAA believes it can build on our mutual experience and expertise with TIACA to benefit both organisations and help change the fortunes of African carriers. We expect synergies to emerge among our organisations.”
Under the MoU, the two Associations will work to improve air cargo safety and security, as well as champion industry’s adoption of digitization, and offer new training initiatives with the aim to support the rapidly developing air cargo sector in Africa. “This is a landmark agreement that allows TIACA to offer its expertise to the much larger group of airlines in Africa,” said Vladimir Zubkov, Secretary General, TIACA. Other areas of cooperation include advocating for improved market access across the continent, the modernization of air cargo facilities and services, and promoting environmental best practice, as well as working together on future events.
Dr Elijah Chingosho, AFRAA Secretary General hailed the MoU stating: “It is indeed important that the oft-neglected cargo sector receives the attention it deserves at AFRAA forums and conferences.”
Mr. Zubkov was upbeat about the MoU stating: “TIACA stands to benefit from better connection with the continent, which is the fastest developing in air cargo movement. We are happy to offer assistance from TIACA in structuring the air cargo part of the future AFRAA agenda.”
The memorandum was signed by Mr. Vladimir Zubkov, TIACA Secretary General and Dr Elijah Chingosho, AFRAA Secretary General. Others present at the signing ceremony include: Mr. Sanjeev Gadhia, CEO Astral Aviation and incoming AFRAA Secretary General, Mr. Abderahmane Berthé.