IATA Delegation Visit West Africa
IATA’s Vice-President AFI, Raphael Kuuchi and IATA’s Area Manager for Central West Africa, Fabrice Sahiri recently visited Mauritania, Togo and Côte d’Ivoire to conduct a series of high-level meetings with key industry stakeholders.
Top of the agenda in each country was the development of air transport, the importance of improving connectivity within Africa, the ratification of MP14 on unruly passengers and MC99 on airline liability in the case of death, injury or delay to passengers or in cases of delay, damage or loss of baggage and cargo. Ways to enhance aviation safety and security were also discussed.
Mauritania Airlines International was welcomed as the 4th IATA member in Central & West Africa after it successfully completed the IOSA audit. Successful meetings were held with the Mauritanian Minister of Transport, Minister of Tourism, Director General, Head of Airports Authority, and the Director General of the Civil Aviation Authority.
In the picture: The CEO of Mauritania Airlines International Mr. Mohamed Radhy BENNAHI, IATA's Vice President, Africa, Mr. Raphael Kuuchi, Captain Mohamed Limam GHARRABY, Mauritania Airlines International's Commercial Director, to the far right Ministry of Transport representative.
In the picture during the meeting with Mauritania Airport: on the right Mr. Brahim KANE, DG of SAM - Société des Aéroports de Mauritanie, facing him is IATA's Vice President, Africa, Mr. Raphael Kuuchi, On the left is a Director at SAM - Société des Aéroports de Mauritanie.
In Togo, meetings held with the Ministry of Transport, Ministry of Tourism and the CEO and management of Asky Airlines. Investment in safety, Smart Regulation, ways to lower industry costs and environmental issues topped the agenda during discussions with the government and regulators. Talks with Asky Airlines’ focused on how IATA could contribute to the airline’s growth strategy. IATA thanked the Togo Government for ratifying MC99 earlier in the year.
In Côte d‘Ivoire discussions on the benefits of connectivity in Africa, blocked funds, taxes on passengers and fuel and capacity building and safety took place during a meeting with the CEO of, Air Côte d’Ivoire.
Also, the IATA delegation had the opportunity to meet with the newly appointed CEO of NAS Ivoire and tour the airport terminal facilities in Abidjan to see the recent investment made.
In the picture from left to right: Mr. Michel YHAYE, Director in charge of Government and
Institutional Relations of NAS Ivoire, IATA's Vice President, Africa, Mr. Raphael Kuuchi, and Mr. Fabrice Sahiri, Area Manager, Central West Africa.