Ghana’s Minister of Aviation, Hon. Joseph Kofi Adda, is calling on governments across Africa to embrace and implement an open sky policy to boost trade and development.
He noted that some African governments were still hesitant on opening their skies due to fear that foreign competition could undercut their national carriers.
Hon. Adda was speaking at West Africa’s regional travel and tourism expo, Accra Weizo, held in Ghana and organised by the Ghana Travel Tourism Authority, along with Akwaaba African Travel Market run by Nigeria’s travel and tourism consultant Ikechi Uko.
“Ghana believes in the liberalization of the skies to boost connectivity, “ he said during the two day travel and tourism expo.
“For West Africa to realise its full potential growth, much emphasis must be placed on connectivity and ease of movement of passengers and goods across borders.”
“Seamless air transportation will create the market opportunities for local entrepreneurs by creating regional and global economic centres.@
“This is in line with plans of Government in its facilitation of the Continental free trade Area (CFTA) by the Africa Union,” he added.
Several goodwill messages were delivered by various top industry experts present at the event. Among them was the Nigerian Director-General of the National Council for Arts & Culture (NCAC), Otunba Olusegun Runsewe.
He was the recipient of the 2019 Balafon Travel Award for Tourism Man of the Year. Otunba Runsewe also launched the Nigeria-Ghana Friendship Club.
“The Nigeria-Ghana Friendship club will champion the course for the unity, peace, stability and development of Nigeria and Ghana in particular and the West Africa region at large,” Otunba Runsewe said.
“As brothers and neighbours, there is a lot Nigeria and Ghana stand to gain by evolving informal platforms of collaborations and strengthened sub-regional solidarity,” he added.
The event brought together dignitaries from across Africa, including the Director of Dubai Tourism (Africa), Ms. Stella Fubara; Mr. Austin Cobham, Executive Secretary of Carnival Calabar Commission; Thekiso Rakolojane, Regional Head of South African Tourism (West Africa); Mrs. Olanma Ojukwu (GOTA Voyage, Benin Republic).