The Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria Capt. Rabiu Yadudu has thrown his weight behind the first international aviation cargo conference Chinet ’21 set to hold in August later in the year.
According to its Organizer and Publisher African Travel Quarterly News Ikechi Uko, the conference is expected to provide a meeting point for global experts within and outside the Aviation Industry as well Exporters in the Country to discuss issues bordering on the need to harness the Nigeria’s export capabilities. Highlights of the conversations include Aviation capacity Utilization, Export Opportunities, Financing and Insurance, Regulation and Standards, Packaging and Market Access.
“Nigeria has suffered for the first time in a decade a massive trade deficit according to the Nigerian Bureau of Statistics, NBS. Exports grew by 6% but still less than imports. This deficit can be seen at the airports every day. The question is, why is Nigeria not exporting goods in large numbers”? Nigeria is a country of over 200 Million resourceful people that has depended a lot on imported goods. This has been eroding our national wealth.
A lot of Airlines bring freighters daily to Nigeria and most of them fly out empty. There is a need to change this dysfunctional scenario. Chinet Aviation Cargo Conference will be an Annual Conference that brings all potential exporters, Cargo Managers, Logistics firms, Airlines, Airport, Customs and everyone in the Aviation and Cargo ecosystem to Chart a pathway that enables Nigerians export more. We have already engaged stakeholders in Nigeria and abroad to find a profitable route to growing and networking the value Chain.”
Ambassador Uko explained that with Covid-19 many countries responded to the emerging global dynamics by seeking new supply partners for basic goods. This new reality has redefined the Global Supply Chain as Nigeria needs to play a part in the emerging New Cargo Ecosystem.
In his message to the organizers, Captain Yadudu congratulated the organizers for its bold move which he says will help grow the industry.
‘’Many airports and airlines are adjusting their processes to take advantage of the emerging cargo boom globally, this event no doubt will help grow the Industry’’
According to the Organizers, partnerships and collaboration s have been established built across the board to make the event a huge success as it showcases a rich line up of speakers and major players in the industry with many more set to join the list ahead of the event.
“As passenger figures went down with Covid-19 Pandemic cargo numbers went up and this is an opportunity for Nigeria to play.”
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