Iyabo Sosina, the Secretary General, African Civil Aviation Commission (AFCAC) has called for clear action plans by governments of African states to encourage investment into the sector.
Sosina made the call at the ongoing third International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) World Aviation Forum (IWAF/3) on Wednesday in Abuja.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the theme of the forum is “Financing the Development of Aviation Infrastructure.”
Sosina said there was infrastructure deficit in the African aviation sector and could only be addressed through private investment.
She then urged governments of African states to develop effective plan of action toward developing the aviation sector, saying that only good projects would attract investors.
According to her, there is need for Africa’s civil aviation infrastructure to be as efficient, effective and sustainable as their counterparts elsewhere, in terms of reliability and versatility of operations.
She also urged African states to utilise the African Civil Aviation Policy (AFCAP) to support safe, functional, cost-effective and user-friendly airports in terms of airport planning, infrastructure development and maintenance.
She said “AFCAP is a common policy which provides framework and platform for the formulation, collaboration and integration of national and multinational initiatives and programmes.
“It covers various aspects of civil aviation including safety, security, environmental protection and sustainable development of air transport in Africa.
“Furthermore, within the air transport value chain, there is room for improvement through innovation and collaboration among stakeholders for improved efficiency and effectiveness in the industry.
Sosina disclosed that the infrastructure deficit in the sector was so glaring in many African airports, saying that about 50 airports in the continent needed rehabilitation.