Conference to dissect opportunities in aviation sector

Staff Writer

Minister of Works and Transport John Mutorwa will be joined by the visiting Finnish Minister for Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade, Ville Skinnari to dissect aviation issues through the Namibia Aviation and Connectivity Forum.

The purpose of the forum, a first of its kind for Namibia, is to create a platform where key industry players and stakeholders will share, tackle, rethink and put into motion ideas on the trajectory that the aviation industry and its related ecosystems will take over the next few years.

It further seeks to cement the industry’s role as key to Namibia’s economic recovery and growth, as well as driving the revival of the aviation and other ancillary industries such as tourism after the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The forum is slated to take place between 16-18 November 2022 at the Safari Court Hotel in Windhoek.

Among other prominent names joining the discussion will be Rodger Foster, CEO of Southern Africa’s leading airline Airlink; Sylvian Bosc, CEO of AVICO International; Aviation Consultant and former Airbus Director Kwameh Bekoe and Westair CEO Henri van Schalkwyk.

Additionally, aircraft manufacturer Embraer Africa Sales Director Akie Chhabra; Peter Keil, Managing Director of Skycore and Tim Harris, Consulum Partner; The Airlines Association of Southern Africa CEO Aaron Munetsi and Swissport South Africa CEO Khangi Khoza and Development Bank for Southern Africa Regional Manager Davis Pwele will also be part of the forum.

The Forum starts on Wednesday, 16 November with the nine working groups finalizing their documents for discussions. Their area of work ranges from regulatory reforms; training and skills development; route development and regional and international connectivity and infrastructure Investment among others.

Furthermore, Development Bank of Namibia Chief Executive Officer Martin Inkumbi, RMB Namibia CEO Phillip Chapman and Bank Windhoek CEO Baronice Hans will join Namibia Civil Aviation Authority CEO Toska Sem and Private-Public Partnership specialist Dr Rajeev Mehta. Business

Financial Solutions CEO Kauna Ndilula and Fly Namibia CEO Andre Compion, along with Presidential Advisor on Youth Matters Dairsy Mathias and Presidential Economic Advisor James Mnyupe will be sharing their expertise as well at the forum.

By Observer