Aviation sector to see boom

President Nana Akufo-Addo

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has appealed to investors both local and foreign to be interested in what he describes as the rapidly growing aviation sector of Ghana.

As a result, government has started renewing initial bilateral air services agreement with investors.

The president said this on Wednesday when he opened the first air and aero show in Accra.

The exhibition named African Air Show provided an opportunity for aviation companies to exhibit their services and products.

“In our bid to attract more investors into the aviation industry, we have started renewing and reviewing bilateral agreements on air service,” President Akufo-Addo said.

“We believe it is time we allow more people on board our rapidly growing aviation industry, for the prosperity of the Ghanaian people.”

He has, meanwhile, expressed optimism in the creation of the national airline to reduce the rate of unemployment in the country.

“We are committed to establishing a national airline to, among other things, create employment for our teeming unemployed young people.”

Meanwhile, Director General of the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority Simon Allotey says lack of proper collaboration with the regulator of the industry is not helping efforts at selling the sector to the investor.

Other stakeholders in the aviation sector are also calling for less interference from government in the operation of the sector.

Already, Parliament has given approval for the establishment of a national airline with private sector participation.

In April this year, Aviation Minister Cecilia Dapaah revealed that government had started receiving applications from some 10 foreign investors who were interested in operating domestic airlines in Ghana.

The 2017 African Air show event is themed: ‘Connecting Aviation Professionals across all Areas of the Industry within the African Market’.

By Grace Asare|3FM 92.7||Ghana

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