• Wednesday, June 12, 2024
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Aviation Minister explores partnerships at Future Aviation Forum in Saudi Arabia

Festus Keyamo, the  Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development is engaging with Middle East aviation leaders at the ongoing Future Aviation Forum in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Hosted at King Abdulaziz International Conference Center (KAICC), the forum marks a moment for global aviation collaboration.
At the behest, of Jassim Saif Ahmed Al-Sulaiti, Minister of Transport of the State of Qatar, and His Excellency Saleh Al-Jasser, Minister of Transport and Logistics of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Aviation Minister convened on the sidelines to deepen ties between Nigeria and the Middle East in the realm of air transportation and logistics.
The third edition of the Future Aviation Forum, themed ‘Elevating Global Connectivity,’ underscores the importance of fostering innovation, sustainable air travel, and cultural exchange.
By bringing together leaders from the aviation sector and adjacent industries, the forum serves as a catalyst for knowledge exchange and business opportunities in a dynamic economic sector.
Keyamo expressed gratitude to Minister Al-Sulaiti for his keen interest in Nigeria, affirming Nigeria’s openness to investment in civil aviation and other sectors of the economy. Emphasizing the importance of learning from Qatar’s success in airline operations, particularly exemplified by the global acclaim of Qatar Airways, the Minister sought collaboration to enhance Nigeria’s aviation sector.
A key proposal made by the Nigeria Aviation Minister involves encouraging Qatar Airways to patronize local catering services on its return trips to Doha from Nigeria. This initiative aligns with the principles of reciprocity outlined in the Bilateral Air Services Agreement (BASA) and aims to stimulate Nigeria’s local economy.