Zambia assumes Africa civil aviation chairmanship
ZAMBIA Civil Aviation Authority Director General Gabriel Lesa has been elected African Civil Aviation Commission (AFCAC) president for the duration 2018 to 2021.
Civil Aviation Authority public relations officer Sepiso Zimba said Tefera Mekonen of Ethiopia scooped the position of Secretary General.
The elections were conducted during the just-ended 29th Extraordinary and 30th Ordinary Plenary session of AFCAC in Livingstone.
In his acceptance speech, Mr Lesa said his election was yet another milestone for Zambia’s aviation industry.
“This appointment has come at an opportune time in Africa’s civil aviation industry as the importance of global, African and local civil aviation is growing. I am confident that Africa’s civil aviation will align with the United Nation’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development as well as the African Union’s Agenda 2063.”
“Some of my priority areas will be the improvement of civil aviation Safety and Security Standard; the implementation of the Yamoussoukro Decision (YD)’s target of ‘Open Skies for all’ and the liberalisation of civil aviation in Africa. This will result in an increase in intra Africa trade thus contributing to the continent’s Socio – economic development,” he said.
Mr Lesa becomes the first Zambian to become president of the Africa Civil Aviation Commission (AFCAC), taking over from Egyptian, Engineer Hany Yehia El Adawy.
Zambia recently hosted the 29th Extraordinary and 30th Ordinary Plenary sessions of the Africa Civil Aviation Commission from the 3rd to 5th December 2018 in Livingstone.