Aviators to brainstorm at cargo export confab

Stakeholders will be charting the way forward for cargo export at the first AviaCargo conference scheduled to hold in Lagos, next month.

The conference aims to explore emerging opportunities in airfreight amid the COVID-19 disruptions.

Though a premier initiative, major stakeholders are signing up for the two-day event. Among them is the Nigeria Export Promotion Council (NEPC), the apex body in charge of promoting export in Nigeria. NEPC will be making a presentation on how exporters can be assisted to do more through aviation.

The recent gazette of four airports as export processing zones, brings to fore the importance of the Nigerian Export Processing Zones Authority (NEPZA) to the growth of Aviacargo in Nigeria.

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NEPC and NEPZA will be joining the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and Ethiopian Airlines as major partners of the first Aviacargo event in Nigeria. The two leading Aviation Cargo and Logistics companies in Nigeria NAHCO and SAHCO will be major players at the event along with many Airlines, Logistics and global financial service companies.

Since 1935, aviation has been growing in Nigeria. With so many airlines and airports, it is expected that aviation should contribute more to the nation’s economy.

The convener of the event, ATQNews, stated that: “Nigeria, a country with over 200 million resourceful people, depends a lot on imports this has been eroding the national wealth. A lot of airlines bring freighters daily to Nigeria and most of them fly out empty. There is therefore a need to change this dysfunctional scenario. Nigeria needs to export more and aviation should be the key to increasing exports.”

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