FAAN hosts the 59th Con­fer­ence of Air­ports Coun­cil International (Africa)

Financial Nigeria Magazine - - Contents - Saleh Dunoma is also the Pres­i­dent of ACI-Africa Ex­ec­u­tive Board

The fol­low­ing is the wel­come ad­dress by the Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor/CEO, Fed­eral Air­ports Author­ity of Nige­ria (FAAN), Saleh Dunoma, to the ple­nary ses­sion of the 59th Air­ports Coun­cil International (Africa) Board and Com­mit­tees Meet­ings & Re­gional Con­fer­ence and Ex­hi­bi­tion. The event, hosted by FAAN, held at Ori­en­tal Ho­tel, La­gos on 14 – 20 April, 2018. It is my plea­sure to, on be­half of the gov­ern­ment and good peo­ple of Nige­ria, wel­come the Board mem­bers and other del­e­gates to the 59th Air­ports Coun­cil International (ACI) con­fer­ence hold­ing in La­gos. Nige­ria.

The im­por­tance of avi­a­tion as a crit­i­cal tool for so­cial and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment can­not be overem­pha­sized, given its po­ten­tial for im­mense con­tri­bu­tions to the broader econ­omy. In 2017, the sec­tor fa­cil­i­tated the move­ment of over 7.6 bil­lion pas­sen­gers. 109 mil­lion tons of cargo and 89 mil­lion air­craft move­ments were recorded. With a highly mo­bile population of 180 mil­lion peo­ple, these explain the im­por­tance Nige­ria at­taches to the sec­tor and the rea­son Mr. Pres­i­dent read­ily ap­proved the host­ing of the event.

The core ob­jec­tive of ACI, as the voice of the world's air­ports, makes the as­so­ci­a­tion a ready part­ner of mem­ber states num­ber­ing 176 countries with 1,940 air­ports.

Its role as a ver­i­ta­ble plat­form for the de­vel­op­ment of best prac­tices in air­ports management, pro­fes­sion­al­ism and key driver of poli­cies in the avi­a­tion in­dus­try since 1991, gives ACI a pride of place amongst as­so­ci­a­tions in the global avi­a­tion in­dus­try.

We com­mend the Coun­cil for its con­tri­bu­tions and look for­ward to greater com­mit­ments to growth in the con­ti­nent.

The theme for the con­fer­ence – Busi­ness Trans­for­ma­tion for Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment of African Air­ports – is most ap­pro­pri­ate, com­ing at a time most African countries in­clud­ing Nige­ria, are in­ten­si­fy­ing ef­forts to im­prove avi­a­tion in­fras­truc­ture to boost the con­ti­nent's eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment. Though these ef­forts have over the years sig­nif­i­cantly im­proved the state of avi­a­tion in­fras­truc­ture in the con­ti­nent, African States nonethe­less still need to up­grade fa­cil­i­ties, im­prove op­er­a­tions, in­crease ser­vice qual­ity, and se­cu­rity and airspace safety.

In or­der to trans­form avi­a­tion busi­ness in Africa, countries would be ex­pected to: con­tinue to at­tain and main­tain global safety stan­dards; strive to achieve com­pet­i­tive­ness and user friend­li­ness; in­stall in­fras­truc­ture and nav­i­ga­tional aids to max­i­mize air­craft uti­liza­tion for pas­sen­ger and cargo move­ment; achieve costs com­pet­i­tive­ness; de­velop in­te­grated mul­ti­modal trans­port sys­tem around the air­ports; and di­ver­sify rev­enue lines.

For sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment of African air­ports, new strate­gies must also evolve. These strate­gies in­clude holis­tic plan­ning for de­fined de­vel­op­ment tar­gets; ef­fec­tive and ef­fi­cient fi­nanc­ing plan; and suc­cess­ful im­ple­men­ta­tion. The role of partnership with the pri­vate sec­tor can­not be over-em­pha­sised.

All these would be com­ple­mented by a re­li­able le­gal, in­sti­tu­tional and reg­u­la­tory frame­work to in­sti­tu­tion­alise pol­icy.

In Nige­ria, ma­jor­ity of air­port in­fras­truc­ture are gov­ern­ment-owned. This ad­min­is­tra­tion has con­tin­ued to pro­mote in­fras­truc­tural de­vel­op­ment, fa­cil­i­ties re­newal and the im­ple­men­ta­tion of poli­cies aimed at fa­cil­i­tat­ing the growth and sus­tain­abil­ity of the sec­tor. Some of the key events and projects un­der­taken to achieve our ob­jec­tives in­clude: ·Host­ing the international World

Avi­a­tion Fo­rum (MAP) in Abuja, Nige­ria ·Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion of two of the na­tion's key air­ports namely – Mur­tala Muhammed lnter­na­tional Air­port, La­gos and Nnamdi Azikiwe International Air­port, Abuja ·Con­struc­tion of five new international ter­mi­nals (La­gos, Abuja, Kano, Port Har­court and Enugu) to ex­pand pas­sen­ger han­dling ca­pac­ity to 15 mil­lion an­nu­ally

·Im­ple­men­ta­tion of Avi­a­tion Sec­tor Roadmap, which was ap­proved by the Pres­i­dent in 2016, aimed at open­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for in­vest­ment ·Con­ces­sion of four international air­ports as well as the es­tab­lish­ment of Search and Res­cue Unit to be im­ple­mented through Pub­lic and Pri­vate Partnership ·Es­tab­lish­ment of the Pres­i­den­tial En­abling Busi­ness En­vi­ron­ment Coun­cil (PEBEC) with the man­date to re­move bu­reau­cratic bot­tle­necks and con­straints to do­ing busi­ness in Nige­ria ·Is­suance of Ex­ec­u­tive Or­ders aimed at fa­cil­i­tat­ing and eas­ing en­try ex­pe­ri­ence of in­vestors, vis­i­tors and trav­ellers at the na­tion's ports.

Ladies and gen­tle­men, it is clear that the Air­port Coun­cil International and the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment of Nige­ria are in sync on the de­vel­op­ment of the avi­a­tion in­dus­try in Africa. The full im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Avi­a­tion Roadmap, which is pro­gress­ing in line with mile­stone tar­gets, will re­sult in the trans­for­ma­tion of busi­ness and eco­nomic growth in the sec­tor.

Gov­ern­ment there­fore ea­gerly awaits … your de­lib­er­a­tions and ac­tion­able points.

This ad­min­is­tra­tion is com­mit­ted to at­tract­ing in­vestors and in­vest­ments into Nige­ria and is pro­vid­ing ap­pro­pri­ate leg­is­la­tion, in­fras­truc­ture and se­cu­rity to pro­tect them.

Our goal is long-term busi­ness sus­tain­abil­ity and we are happy to have a de­pend­able ally in ACI.

MD/CEO, Fed­eral Air­ports Author­ity of Nige­ria, Saleh Dunoma

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