Uganda Airlines to host AFRAA Annual General Assembly in November  

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Uganda Airlines will host the 55th edition of African Airlines Association (AFRAA) Annual General Assembly as the official carrier on November 19-21,2023 at the Commonwealth Speake Resort Hotel, Munyonyo.

This was revealed by Airline Chief Executive Officer, Ms Jenifer Bamuturaki while addressing the press at the Uganda Media Centre on May 30,2023.

She noted that the AGA will be held under the high patronage of the Ministry of Works and Transport.  

“This year, Uganda Airlines pledges to open its doors of hospitality, warmth, and service to all delegates of the 55th AFRAA-AGA. This will be no ordinary General Assembly; it will be exciting and engaging, with many learnings drawn from industry developments,” said Ms Bamuturaki.

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Uganda Airlines CEO and also AFRAA President Jenifer Bamuturaki(PHOTO/Courtesy)

Ms Bamuturaki, who is also the AFRAA president said that this year’s Annual General Assembly will embark on a journey to address issues and fragility points that the industry grapples with.

“I also look forward to plenaries that will discuss industry action-based topics dear to my heart, like increasing safe spaces for women to thrive in aviation, creating optimism for the youth in the industry and beyond sustainability. The event will also bring together cross-industry players in Tourism, Regulation, and Taxation that impact the industry,” she said.

She further urged Ugandans to take pride in this event and the future opportunities it brings.

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Speaking at the launch, Minister of Works and Transport Hon Gen Katumba Wamala revealed that the Event is expected to attract over 500 high-profile delegates from the Aviation Industry in Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and North America.

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Minister of Transport and Works Gen Katumba Wamala(PHOTO/Courtesy)

“The AFRAA Annual General Assembly is the biggest Aviation Summit in Africa and will be attended by Chairmen and CEOs from African airlines, ICAO, IATA, AFCAC, Civil Aviation Authorities, Airport Companies, Air Navigation Services Providers, as well as Aircraft and Engine manufacturers, component suppliers among others,” he said.

According to Gen Katumba, this is a vote of confidence in the Country and an indication that the revival of the National Carrier was not in vain.

“I wish to therefore congratulate the leadership of Uganda Airlines on this achievement in such a short time despite the bumpy start that was aggravated by Covid-19. For the Airline to host such an event in just 3 years of operationalization, shows for the firm and visionary leadership,” he said.

With the Airline hosting the 55th AFRAA Annual General Assembly, Gen Katumba said the country is set to be marketed on a global stage.

“The delegates will enjoy the beauty of nature by visiting our Game parks, Trekk Gorillas and immerse themselves in our culture, food, hospitality, and warmth that Uganda is known for. The event also brings to life optimism in the aviation sector and justification to nurture the next generation of aviators to grow the industry,” he explained.

He added that the Government is committed to supporting the Airline to ensure unimpeded preparations and alignment of all concerned sectors to ensure that the Event is a success. 

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