FAAN, Ethiopian Airlines, Others Support First Aviation, Cargo, Export Conference In August
As the countdown to the first aviation, cargo and export conference in Nigeria begins, more stakeholders are signing up for the two day event scheduled for August 25th -26,2021 in Lagos , Nigeria
According to the to the ,Publisher of ATQNews, organisers of the event,Mr. Ikechi Uko, the forthcoming conference has earned the support of the Federal Airport Authority (FAAN) and Ethiopian Airlines Cargo along with many airlines, logistics and global financial service companies.
He said that since 1935, that aviation has been growing in Nigeria, with so many airlines and airports, it is expected that aviation should and would contribute more to the nation’s economy, adding that the conference is long overdue.
According to the organiser’s introductory message, “Nigeria a country with over 200 million resourceful people depends a lot on imports; this has been eroding the national wealth. A lot of airlines bring freighters daily to Nigeria and most of them fly out empty. There is therefore a need to change this dysfunctional scenario. Nigeria needs to export more and aviation should be the key to increasing exports.”
“To this end ATQNews seeks to convene an annual conference that brings all potential exporters, cargo managers, Logistics firms, airlines, airports, customs and everyone in the aviation and cargo ecosystem to chart a pathway that enables Nigerians export more. As the importance of oil wanes, the value and volume of non-oil export should be growing and aviation should be driving it, ” the organisers said.
The conference which will have an exhibition part will be divided into 3 parts over 2 days: Aviation, Cargo and Exports.
The aviation aspect, the organisers said will have a presentation and panel discussion on ‘Airlines, Airports and Aviation.’
Experts including airline CEOs, past airport CEOs and aviators will discuss the reasons why our airlines and airport systems have not delivered the best possible outcomes for aviation in Nigeria.
The second section on cargo will be on presentations and panel discussions on the cargo and logistics value chain, the challenges of scale and the opportunities available, while the third part will be on export; How do we scale our Export Capacity? How do we remove the impediments and improve our access and market penetration globally?
There will also be a support session on Insurance and Financing of Aviation, Cargo and Export in Nigeria.
According to Uko, “At the end of the 2-day event, we will be leaving the event with enough Knowledge about the current aviation situation in Nigeria and its role in growing the economy by driving bigger cargo export from Nigeria. With this understanding of the Cargo and Export Systems we can integrate our systems by networking and learning from each other as problems shared eventually become problems solved.”