Africa in focus – the AfBAA annual conference

The annual conference of the African Business Aviation Association (AfBAA) – held in Cape Town on 17 and18 November – attracted over 160 delegates representing some 60 international and African companies. Leaders of the association stressed the need to engage local regulators country-by- country to support the growth of business aviation, which they believe has huge potential on the continent. Founding chairman Tarek Ragheb said the AfBAA could not be NBAA. “We have a unique environment with unique challenges,” he said, not least of which was having 54 countries and no single regulatory environment. The way forward, he suggested, was “innovation.” Ragheb said that the other great hope was technology. He pointed to infrastructure challenges and the need for new business models.

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