Zam­bia as­sumes Africa civil avi­a­tion chair­man­ship

Daily Nation Newspaper - - BUSINESS AND CORPORATE - By BUSI­NESS RE­PORTER

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.

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