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The Kenya Association of Air Operators (KAAO) and the African Airlines Association (AFRAA) have signed an agreement that will see the two associations promote sustainable development of local aviation industry.

The two will collaborate in engaging Kenyan policymakers on air transport matters, form joint advocacy to address challenges in the industry such as taxes and charges, aviation policy, market restrictions, infrastructure and capacity building and implementation of the roadmap of the African Air Transport Sustainability Steering Committee (ATSSC).

“As part of KAAOs strategy, we are aiming at developing strong partnerships for advocacy and mutual benefit and this is the first step. We are keen to leverage learnings from AFRAA as they have a pan-African view of the opportunities and challenges faced by the air transport industry in Africa of which Kenya’s robust and dynamic aviation sector forms a significant part of this eco-system” said Mbuvi Ngunze, KAAO Chairman.

Additionally, the MoU will allow the two associations collaborate in data and intelligence, conduct subsidized training courses through AFRAA’s ATO partnership framework, form initiatives on People with Disabilities and jointly engage in Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives and events.

“There are some country-specificopportunities and challenges of the airline industry in Africa that vary from country to country. AFRAA is excited to forge a close working relationship with KAAO as this will enhance the level of support by AFRAA to the airline industry in Kenya. This approach is a building block to AFRAA’s mission fora sustainable, interconnected and affordable air transport industry in Africa where African airlines become key players and drivers to African economic development,” added Abdérahmane Berthé, AFRAA Secretary General.

AFRAA and KAAO will align periodically to review the implementation of the annual Action Plan and explore areas for further collaboration.

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