AfBAA launches symposium series - first regional event to be held in Marrakech.

Tuesday 6th August 2013

Just over a year after inauguration The African Business Aviation Association (AfBAA), has launched a series of regional and national symposia. When the first meeting takes place in Marrakech, Morocco, on 26 - 27 September 2013 it will herald the start of a regular cycle that will see up to four events being held each year across the continent.

The symposia have been initiated to provide a regular platform for dedicated business aviation discussion that will take place through lively panel debates, key note speakers and expert presentations. The meetings will also provide opportunities for members and non-members to network and debate specific issues relating to the developing pan-African Business Aviation sector. It is anticipated that each of the AfBAA regional symposia will provide a platform for government and private organizations to discuss their common issues that are particularly pertinent to that region. In Morocco the event is being supported by the Moroccan Ministry of Transportation and the Moroccan Civil Aviation Authority which has already committed itself to being a keynote speaker and will see AfBAA's Founding Member, Dalia Air, provide on the ground support and sponsorship.

The first symposium will discuss the development of Business Aviation in Africa, with a particular focus on Northern Africa, along with its effect on the growth of the economy in the region as well as the continent. In addition it will potentially provide foundations for industry-enhancing regulations. It is expected that it will attract government officials, regulatory bodies, business aircraft operators, OEMS, airports, law firms, financial analysts, banks, leasing and finance companies and all aviation professionals with an interest in the current and future development of the region.

"Under the direction of the Founding Board, AfBAA has pledged to regularly bring together African business' involved in the growth and development of the burgeoning Business Aviation community on the continent." said Chairman and Founder Tarek Ragheb about the symposia. "We know that each country and region has its own issues and we are dedicated to advocating on their behalf. By holding a selection of regional meetings we are able to provide a forum for advancing and debating these key topics. We are looking forward to welcoming north Africa's delegates and anticipate they will value the opportunity to discuss at first hand with the regulatory bodies, banks and lawyers issues that are currently effecting development in the region."

The event will be held over one and a half days and will feature a gala dinner for the final round of networking. Aviation conference arranger Aeropodium will be responsible for arranging the speakers and logistics related to the event whilst sponsorship and table top exhibition opportunities will be available for those wishing to target this influential audience.

About AfBAA:

The African Business Aviation Association was launched in May 2012 to represent the interests of the Africa's aircraft owners, operators, and suppliers to the Business Aviation community in a single voice. AfBAA currently has 38 members in total.

AfBAA's primary objective is to promote the understanding and benefits that Business Aviation provides for the Continent's economic development and prosperity through advocacy.

As an active, well-funded, professionally run organisation AfBAA is committed to increasing membership, raising awareness of the Association internally and externally in Africa and supporting all entities involved in Business Aviation in Africa.

Chairman Tarek Ragheb, and Executive Director is Rady Fahmy, work with the Founding Members to lead development of the Association.

www.afbaa.org

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