The Director-General of the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), Air-Commodore Kwame Mamphey, has been elected Chairman of the African Civil Aviation Commission (AFCAC).
The announcement was made at the ongoing plenary session of the 23 rd AFCAC in Accra, which seeks realistic and sustainable measures to ensure safety and sustainable civil aviation in Africa.
Air-Commodore Kwame Mamphey will represent Ghana at the AFCAC for the next three years and is expected to champion moves to improve aviation safety in Africa and the world at large.
Commodore Mamphey, in his address, promised to put the right measures in place to deal with some of the major challenges confronting the aviation industry in Africa and ensure safe air transportation in the region.
He said, ‘As we pursue the objectives of safety, security and the environment, we must not forget that a major challenge for the airlines is that of profitability.
‘We need Airlines that are safe, secured, environmentally friendly and profitable.’
The plenary session, which is the second in Ghana since 2007, attracted over 250 delegates across the globe including, chief executives, aviation expects, aircraft manufactures, airline operators and renowned leaders in the aviation sector.
In 1969, the international Civil Aviation Organization, the then Organization of African Unity (OAU), created the African Civil Aviation Commission to foster a safe, secure, efficient, co-effective, sustainable and environmentally-friendly civil aviation in Africa.
AFCAC now comprises 54 African states and has since May 11 th 1978 become an AU specialized Agency in the field of Civil Aviation responsible for aviation matters in Africa.
By Cephas Larbi