The chief executive of Qatar Airways, Akbar Al Baker talked about the requirement of a global repositioning of the aviation industry of Africa. He also talked about the changing political approach towards aviation in this region. These comments were made at the ongoing Aviation Africa Summit & Exhibition. The exhibition is taking place in Rwanda.
The President of Rwanda Paul Kagame was present in the audience. The audience also included other senior Rwandan government ministers, several guests of honour and executives from the aviation industry.
In his speech, Al Baker talked about the need to liberalize the aviation regulations in the continent to ensure improved connectivity for the travellers. This would also bring in robust benefits in tourism, employment and trade. He also noted that Africa serves only 3.0% of the air travellers in the world despite making up 16% of the population of the world.
Al Baker stated that it is time for reconsidering how the aviation market of Africa is positioned for maximizing its potential. He said that governments need to let go of protectionist approaches towards aviation regulation and embrace liberalization.