Nigeria Becomes First Country To Host ICAO World Aviation Forum Nov 22

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…As Forum Dedicates A Day To Discuss Africa Aviation Development Financing.

Barring any unforeseen circumstances,Nigeria will in less than 21 days become the first country in the world to host the International Civil Aviation Organisation(ICAO) World Aviation Forum (IWAF).

The event, the first by any country,which is slated for November 20-22, 2017 in Abuja ,Nigeria’s political capital, is  the third edition and it is coming after the first two editions were held in Montreal, Canada,the international body’s headquarters in 2015 and 2016.

At the coming event, this year’s edition,which promises to be explosive as the global aviation  stakeholders will converge in Abuja  to discuss the event’s theme, “Financing the Development of Aviation Infrastructure”.

Speaking on the coming gathering,Nigeria’s Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, stated that the country was more than ready and delighted to play host to  what he called ‘all-important forum’ as the first country in the world to do this.

According to him, “This is a rare opportunity for Nigeria being the first time the forum is being held outside Montreal and we are more than delighted to host it”.

According to a publication from ICAO projecting the event, “The third ICAO World Aviation Forum will explore how development of aviation infrastructure plays a key role in the achievement of the visionary United Nation’s Agenda 2030 and African Union Agenda 2063 prosperity objectives, with a special focus on funding and financing of airport, air navigation, and other aviation infrastructure projects. Stressing the importance of aligning policies and planning for air transport with the national development planning, this high-level event directly supports the ICAO No Country Left Behind initiative and will be of key interest to Ministers and other senior government officials responsible for civil aviation, transport, infrastructure, finance, and tourism, as well as key industry and financial partners.”

ICAO stated that during the event, a day would be set aside to discuss Africa aviation development financing.

“The second day of the Forum will focus specifically on financing challenges facing aviation infrastructure and capacity development in Africa,” said ICAO.


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