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AFRAA/IATA/AFCAC Aeropolitical Forum, Maputo18 October 2012

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The 5th annual AFRAA/IATA/AFCAC Regulatory and Aero-political Forum was held in Maputo, Mozambique, on 18 October 2012. The joint Forum gathered aviation aero-political experts from African airlines and regulators from the Civil Aviation Authorities, as well as delegates from other relevant aviation bodies. It was hosted by LAM Mozambique Airlines in Maputo.

Now in its fifth year, the annual regulatory and aero-political affairs forum assist legal experts in African airlines keep abreast with global and continental regulatory and aero-political developments. The Forum updated delegates on the latest aero-political and international aviation law developments and discussed the state of the airline industry and benefits of aviation, regulatory changes relating to EU Emission trading Scheme, passenger rights and ongoing work by ICAO on the ratification of the Montreal Convention of 1999, surface damage conventions 2009 and reforms of the Tokyo convention on unruly passengers. The Legal Director of the African Civil Aviation Commission (AFCAC), Samuel Gaiya, presented a paper on the recently adopted African Civil Aviation Policy (AFCAP) – a comprehensive continental roadmap document on aviation development.

Both the Secretary General of AFRAA, Elijah Chingosho and the Regional VP for Africa of IATA, Mike Higgins in separate remarks, lauded the tremendous role of this forum to filling the knowledge gap in African aviation and drawing attention to necessary intervention measures. Alluding to the importance of aviation in Africa, the Secretary General noted that the sector directly employs over 250,000 people and spinoff a further 6.7 million jobs if indirect and induced employment in the industry is taken into account.

The Forum noted the damaging effects of the EU list of banned airlines to the continent's image, condemned the EU unilateral regulation on the environment and lamented the incidence of high taxes, fees and charges by various service providers on airlines and passengers in Africa. It further noted the slow pace of liberalizing the African skies and called on all stakeholders to work in concert towards the growth of African aviation through progressive regulation and policies. Delegates called for the adoption of IOSA and ISAGO by African States to help improve safety.

The following presentations were made at the Forum:

1.    AFRAA,IATA,AFCAC Aeropolitical Forum opening remarks by Dr. Elijah Chingosho
2.    Regulatory Overview by Mr. Chaitan Jain
3.    State of the Industry by Mr. Chaitan Jain
4.    Environment and EU ETS by Mr. Andreas Hardeman
5.    Passengers Rights by Mr. Michael Gill
6.    AFCAP as a tool for Enhancing Safety, Security and Liberalization in African Aviation, by Mr. Samuel
7.    General Benefits of Aviation, by Mr.Chaitan Jain
8.    The value of air transport for South Africa by Ms. Nicola Colville
9.    ICAO Legal Developments, by Mr. MIchael Gill
10. Air transport: A tourism perspective by Mr. Shaun Vorster (available on the link: 
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