NigeriaÂ is next month playing host to airport operators in Africa, under the aegis of Airports Council International, ACI, African region, who would be here to articulate solutions to issues of safety, security and technology in airport development on the continent.
Although the parley is for airports owners in Africa, participants are also expected from other parts of the world.
FAANâ€™s Managing Director, Mr. Richard Aisuebeogun, who disclosed this in Lagos last weekend, said the 19th edition of the conference would hold at Abuja International Conference Centre from 12-17, September, 2010.
Aisuebeogun explained in Lagos that the event, which is aimed at bringing African airports together to share critical information that will help accelerate airport development in Africa, was an opportunity to expose Nigeria to members of the airport and air transport industry as the air transport hub of the region.
He added:Â Â â€œWith the theme of Challenge of Safety, Security and Technology in the Emerging Trend of Airport Development in Africa,â€ the conference will comprehensively address the very serious common issues that impact on airport environment.
â€œDelegates will have the opportunity to learn from the experiences of each other and brainstorm new ways of meeting these challenges. They will also have insight into the latest technological solutions and how to access them.â€
According to him,Â the event will attract over 400 delegates, comprising airports and air transport senior officers and aviation professionals from across Africa and other parts of the world.
He said:Â â€œParticipants will include managing directors and directors_general of airports across Africa, senior executives of leading airport equipment suppliers and manufacturers; manufacturers and suppliers of baggage, cargo and passenger handling equipment; information communication technology and service providers.
â€œParticipants will also come from banks, airport concessionaires, catering companies, airlines, insurance and other institutions, and the media.â€
Noting that Africa has over 100 airports with huge untapped investment potential. Thus the conference will also feature an exhibition of airport and industry-related services, Aisuebeogun said the parley would offer unlimited opportunity for networking, interaction and discussion on several airport-related issues.
He said FAAN was targeting about 50 exhibitors at the event.
Mr. Aisuebeogun assured that adequate security had been put in place for the duration of the event and beyond.
He added that the agency has held meetings with the Nigerian Police, State Security Services, Immigration and Road Safety to assist with security of delegates.
He said FAAN has appointed the Landover Aviation Company Limited as event manager for the conference to handle the logistic of the conference on behalf of FAAN, while F.C.I International Ltd will handle the exhibition aspect, to facilitate the participation of all active aviation and allied industries in the conference.
He added:Â Â â€œWe want to highlight every company that carries out activities in the aviation industry, no matter how small. There are no briefcase companies in the airport sector, all who provide services, must be seen and heard as there are very important day-to-day safe and comfortable air service deliveryâ€.
â€œTo allow all level of participation, exhibitorâ€™s space and booth are offered inflexible format from desk unit to elaborate scheme stands at an increment of 3mx3m (9sqm), 3mx4m (12sqm) and 3mx5m (15sqm).â€
He appealed to all members of ACI, business partners and companies from different sectors of the economy to use the opportunity to exhibit their goods and services and also sponsor any of the segments of the conference.
To ensure seamless facilitation of delegates to the conference, Mr. Aisuebeogun said the Authority has engaged the services of bilingual hostesses, protocol officers and ushers at designated Nigerian airports.
He further disclosed that a leading African airline, Arik Air, has been appointed the official carrier for the event.Â The airline operates international and regional flights that will afford delegates the a range of choices.
FAAN has also concluded arrangements with the Nigeria Tourism Development Council to take
delegates round interesting and memorable places in and around Abuja during the event.
The move, according to Mr. Aisuebeogun, is to ensure that visitors enjoy the hospitality of Nigeria and its people.