Governor Dr. Evans Kidero, Governor of the City of Nairobi brings his expertise to airport development this month. Not only has he recently secured a Sh87 billion deal with the China Investment Bank for the development of Kenya’s infrastructure, but also he continues to demonstrate his commitment to transforming Nairobi County into a major transit hub by delivering the welcome address later this month at the African Airports Evolution Forum in Nairobi, Kenya.
As Kenya forges ahead to reach its social, economic and political goals as set forth by its Vision 2030, significant strides are being made to streamline its transport systems and open up local and regional transport corridors. Nairobi is a home to forms one of the East Africa’s leading emerging airport cities alongside Addis Ababa and Kigali, making it a logical setting for the premiere African Airports Evolution Forum, a strategic think-tank opportunity for discussion on airspace and market liberalisation, regional trade collaboration, and the role of the aviation industry in decreasing the cost of doing business in Africa.
Airport development is cropping up across Africa and high growth in air traffic demand is creating new commercial opportunities for both aeronautical and non-aeronautical revenue streams. Generating outlets for non-aeronautical revenue through airport development is one of the ways in which the African aviation market will mitigate against any negative growth trends in passenger and cargo traffic. The Governor’s participation at African Airports Evolution delineates the importance of airports as the fastest emerging developmental nodes in Africa and ideally positioned to add impetus to growth in any of the continent’s regions. Airport functionality is inextricably linked to metropolitan success.
Eng. George Sambali, Advisor to the Director General at the Tanzania Airports Authority and Henry Ogoye, Head of Corporate Planning and Strategy at the Kenya Airports Authority will both contribute to the discussion at the event, highlighting future projects for airport modernisation and commercialisation. In addition, Jonathan Lodompui, Assistant Director of Reforms at Kenya’s Vision 2030 and Colonel (rtd) Hilary K. Kioko, Director General of the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority will also be in attendance to promote cross-border collaboration for regional infrastructure development and air transport liberalisation, both key elements required to support growth in the aviation sector.
Engineer Swaleh Kassera, Executive Secretary of the Institution of Engineers Tanzania, says of the event, “This forum also provides an opportunity for engineers to learn about and prepare for upcoming projects in airport engineering, terminal design and runway construction in Africa.”
The African Airports Evolution Forum is hosted by the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority and sponsored by leading international companies in the field including Egis Avia, Hella, Motorola Solutions, Thales ATM, Touchwork and Youyang Airport Lighting Equipment Inc who will be at the event to help build world class airports in Africa that meet new compliance, capacity and efficiency demands and accommodate rising air traffic volumes.