September 03, 2019: The International Air Transport Association (IATA) Regional Aviation Forum 2019 in Nairobi, Kenya, hosted by Kenya Airways on September 17, will focus on the theme: %u2018Aviation Connecting and Enriching Africa'.

"Africa is set to become one of the fastest-growing aviation regions over the next 20 years, with the industry set to expand by nearly 5 percent annually. This creates significant opportunities for aviation to fuel sustainable economic growth and social development. However, the continent's economy cannot take off while its runway is obstructed. The forum provides a platform to discuss the main challenges, which the industry, together with its government partners, must address to unleash Africa's full potential," said Muhammad Ali Albakri, IATA's regional vice president for Africa and the Middle East.

In addition to Albakri, who will deliver keynote remarks, the opening plenary will feature an address by Kenya Airways' chairman, Michael Joseph, and chief executive officer Sebastian Mikosz.

The key topics discussed will be critical issues that keep airline CEOs awake at night, digital transformation, new trends in-flight safety & operations, and developing regulations to support sustainable growth and deliver quality infrastructure. In addition, the IATA Value of Aviation Report for Kenya will be launched at the forum.

View the agenda here.

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