The Bureau of the African Civil Aviation Commission (ACAC) is holding a three-day meeting in Rabat, the capital of Morocco.
The Bureau of the African Civil Aviation Commission (ACAC) is holding a three-day meeting in Rabat, the capital of Morocco. The main purpose of the meeting is to prepare for a plenary session of the Commission next year.
The session, which is taking place at the Hilton Hotel in Rabat, began on Wednesday (September 2). It was opened by Mr. Mohamed Mekouar, Director of Civil Aviation at the Moroccan Ministry of Public Works.
One of the principal speakers on the opening day was Mr. Edward Dwemoh of Ghana, the President of the Bureau. He said that with the giant airliners that were shortly to come into service, it was essential for African governments to give very serious consideration to the question of merging small airlines. Ideally, he said, the number of airlines in Africa should be reduced to four: one each serving the northern, western, eastern and central regions of the continent.
The Commission was set up last year, under the auspices of the Organisation of African Unity and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, and is affiliated to the International Civil Aviation Organisation. Mr. Dwemoh said in his Presidential address that it was designed to play a major role in the planning and co-ordination of air traffic in Africa.