Ethiopian Airlines has announced that it will host the second ICAO Global Air Cargo Development Forum under the theme: “Action for the Sustainable Development of Air Cargo in Africa”, at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) Conference Hall from 27-29 June 2017.
The forum is expected to allow policy-makers, air transport regulators, representatives from the aviation industry and other stakeholders to review progress towards implementation of the Lomé Declaration, identify challenges and opportunities and build on the decisions of the 39th ICAO Assembly.
Group CEO of Ethiopian Airlines, Tewolde GebreMariam, said: “As the largest cargo operator in Africa, we are pleased to host this vital communication platform which builds upon the Declaration on the development of Air Cargo in Africa and commit a roadmap for priority actions.”
He said with the aim of complementing the booming African economy, Ethiopian Cargo and Logistics Services has availed the most efficient air cargo services within, to and from Africa through expanding cargo destinations across the globe, inaugurating the first phase of a state-of-the-art cargo Terminal II, which together with the second phase has annual uplift capacity of 1.2 million tons, and automating its entire cargo business process with one of the best cargo IT systems.
“I believe this forum will create an ample opportunity for participants to see the immense potential Ethiopian Cargo and Logistics Services has developed to ensure easy cargo movement across the continent and beyond, while enjoying side visits to the beautiful natural and historic attractions at the Land of Origins.”
The forum is also expected to contribute to the cooperative activities between ICAO, World Customs Organization (WCO) and The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA).
Ethiopian Airlines has availed 15 percent discount on business class and 12 percent of discount on economy class fares to all participants departing from all Ethiopian on line cities to Addis Ababa to attend the 2nd ICAO Meeting on Air Cargo Development.
It would be recalled that Ethiopian Airlines hosted ICAO Global Aviation Training and TRAINAIR PLUS Symposium under the theme: 'Together, Enhancing Training to Build Capacity' in April, 2017.
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