AfBAA's first independent chapter launched at inaugural Ethiopian Country Roundtable
The African Business Aviation Association (AfBAA) has launched its first independent Chapter on August 9, 2016, when the AfBAA Ethiopia Chapter was founded in Addis Ababa.
The meeting, which was also the first in a series of AfBAA Country Roundtables, was attended by almost 40 delegates. Representatives from both the public and private sectors discussed the current state of Business Aviation in Ethiopia, and how best to enhance the industry, and its anticipated growth.
AfBAA’s executive director, Rady Fahmy, said that the Association anticipates Ethiopia will witness major growth in the coming decade following the success of its commercial airline. “We believe it is inevitable that Ethiopia will join, or perhaps lead Africa in business aviation, just like it currently does in commercial aviation,” Fahmy said about the country’s possibilities.
Dawit Lemma, MD and founder of Ethiopia-based Krimson will lead the AfBAA-Ethiopia Chapter as President. “It is my mandate to establish and promote a thriving Business Aviation sector in Ethiopia. It is this vision that I am here to make a reality,” he said.
The Chapter has been created to support and enable the predicted development. Members are being encouraged to actively participate in the creation of a document that will identify the challenges that private operators face, and suggest solutions to alleviate those challenges. The final document, “Telling the Right Story” which will outline the reality of Ethiopian Business Aviation, the issues, and prospects, will be shared with the Ethiopian government officials in a private meeting in mid-September.