The African Airlines Association (AFRAA) and the International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to work closely on development of air cargo for the benefit of their mutual members and the industry at large.
The MoU was signed by TIACA Secretary General, Mr. Vladimir Zubkov and AFRAA Secretary General, Dr Elijah Chingosho at the sidelines of the just-concluded AFRAA 49th Annual General Assembly & Summit that took place at the Kigali Convention Centre in Rwanda.
Speaking on the MoU, AFRAA Secretary General, Dr. Elijah Chingosho, said, “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.”
Chingosho, who hailed the MoU said, “It is indeed important that the oft-neglected cargo sector receives the attention it deserves at AFRAA forums and conferences.”
Under the MoU, the two associations will work to improve air cargo safety and security, as well as champion industry’s adoption of digitisation and offer new training initiatives with the aim to support the rapidly developing air cargo sector in Africa.
On his part, the Secretary General, TIACA, Vladimir Zubkov, said, “ “This is a landmark agreement that allows TIACA to offer its expertise to the much larger group of airlines in Africa.”
“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,” added.
Other areas of cooperation includes: advocating for improved market access across the continent, the modernisation of air cargo facilities and services and promoting environmental best practice, as well as working together on future events.
The Chief Executive Officer, Astral Aviation, Mr. Sanjeev Gadhia, the incoming AFRAA Secretary General, Mr. Abderahmane Berthé and AFRAA Director Commercial Corporate and Industry Affairs, Dr. Koussai Mrabet were at the signing ceremony
AFRAA is a trade association of airlines from the member states of the African Union (AU). Founded in Accra, Ghana, in April, 1968, and headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, the primary purposes of AFRAA are to foster commercial and technical co-operation among African airlines and to represent their common interests. AFRAA membership of 40 airlines cuts across the entire continent and includes all the major inter-continental African operators.
The association members represent over 85 per cent of total international traffic carried by African airlines.