AfBAA has big plans for Africa


The African Business Aviation Association (AfBAA) is celebrating its fifth anniversary this week. The association launched during the 2012 edition of the European Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (EBACE).

The association plans to launch the AfBAC EXPO, Africa’s first dedicated business aviation conference, exhibition and static display, during next week’s 2017 edition of EBACE in Geneva, Switzerland. AfBAC EXPO will take place in Johannesburg, South Africa from November 29 through December 1, 2017. According to an AfBAA statement, the conference objective is to inspire and inform through a variety of mediums including presentations, panel discussions and workshops discussing topics affecting business aviation development in Africa. Training sessions on safety and regulation will run in parallel.

“We have achieved much in five years, but we know there is still much to do as our journey has only really just begun,” comments AfBAA Founding Chairman Tarek Ragheb. “We recognize that aviation in Africa doesn’t work in global or commercial isolation, which is why we are launching AfBAC EXPO at EBACE17. With Europe’s strong connections to the continent, we’re hoping to garner a lot of interest during EBACE.”

The Expo will also feature an exhibition area where companies can showcase their products and services, in addition to a static display where an expected 15 aircraft from various international OEMs and operators will be presented to the public.

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In conjunction with the launch of AfBAC EXPO at EBACE17, the association is also launching Access Africa, a forum created to facilitate better understanding of what is required to undertake business within the African bizav sector. “The plan is for the new event to be held during international aviation conferences around the globe,” a statement reads. “During the 90-minute session, attendees will be transported to Africa, through a trio of concise presentations from leading African business aviation experts, who will outline local issues, share anecdotal experiences, detail what works, and importantly what does not; as well as highlight the points to consider when taking the first steps into Africa.”

The first edition of Access Africa will take place on Monday, May 22, in Conference Room L of the PalExpo halls in Geneva, where Segun Demuren from Nigeria’s EAN Aviation, Nuno Pereira from Angola’s Bestfly and Gavin Kiggen of ExecuJet South Africa will give presentations.

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“One of AfBAA’s guiding principles is to raise awareness of the continent’s potential and that is what drives us to create these types of events,” adds AfBAA CEO Rady Fahmy. “We are aware that many European companies are interested in developing African business but don’t necessarily have the information they need to hand. Access Africa is about providing tangible, practical information to support these professionals’ endeavours,” says Rady Fahmy, CEO of AfBAA. Access Africa is the second international event organized by AfBAA, the first being the annual African Pavilion at EBACE, and represents the sixth event in the growing portfolio of AfBAA meetings.