AfBAA launches Ethiopia Chapter

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The African Business Aviation Association (AfBAA) 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.

“We believe it is inevitable that Ethiopia will join, or perhaps lead, Africa in business aviation, just like it currently does in commercial aviation,” said Rady Fahmy, executive director of AfBAA.

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,” he said. “It is this vision that I am here to make a reality.”

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, will outline the reality of Ethiopian business aviation, including prevalent issues and its prospects, and will be shared with Ethiopian government officials in a private meeting in September 2016.

August 24, 2016

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