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CIFAL Atlanta: Airports Management & Economic Development - Pan-African

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Abuja, Nigeria
18 Sep 2010 to 20 Sep 2010
Duration of event:
3 Days
Programme Area:
Governance, Local Development
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No Fee
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This interactive seminar is part of a yearly series offered by CIFAL Atlanta around the world that explores the full range of opportunities and roadblocks surrounding the planning, development and growth of world class airports. It will also focus on adopting policies that can unlock the great potential that exists within many airports to fully develop and exploit commercial activities to attract investment, improve airport competitiveness and promote global trade.

In a globalized economy, airports have become critical engines for economic growth at national, regional and local levels. Enhancing the connectivity, quality of services and competitiveness of airports can create jobs and spur the economic growth of the surrounding region. Cooperation and coordination between central government, local government, airport management and the business community in the form of public private partnerships are key success factors for economic development initiatives that position airports as optimal city and country gateways, air cargo hubs, and business zones. 

Airports also play a crucial role in today's multimodal logistics and global supply chains. Air freight for example accounts for 40 percent of world trade volumes by value and is regarded as a leading indicator of the state of the world economy. Multinationals often cite the presence of a major airport as a key criterion when deciding where to locate new subsidiaries, build plants, or start operations. The time, effort and convenience of international travel for senior executives are also factors that should not be underestimated.

Airports can be leveraged in many areas to create jobs and new activities in support of economic development. As such airports should be viewed as an essential component of the urban planning process.

  1. To strengthen the capacity of government authorities in the region to ensure passenger safety and security.
  2. To introduce participants to new technologies
  3. To promote strategic partnerships and cooperation between the Pan African region and the U.S.

The Airports for Economic Development seminars will help airports decision makers share innovative strategies to maximize the contribution of airports to the long term economic growth objectives of their city, region and country.

  1. To undestand how to leverage airport infrastructures for economic development while ensuring safety and security.
  2. To develop innovative strategies to position airports as engines for economic growth and job creation.
  3. To know how to initiate public-private partnerships and cooperation for disaster response.
  4. To be more informed about safety and security, technological innovations, logistics, and other topics while sharing lessons learned around airports as economic strengthening agents for local economie.

Structure: Best-practice sharing sessions, high level discussions, key-note plenary session, demonstrations, tours and site visits.                                                      

Content and topics:                                        

  1. Safety and Security  
  2. Technological innovations,
  3. Global logistics 

Key Methodologies: Face to Face learning, field visits, self-assessment, and peer review

This program series utilizes UNITAR's integrated knowledge management methodology that emphasizes sharing of best practices, group discussions, and the building of action plans for successful implementation. This interactive program explores the full range of opportunities and roadblocks surrounding the planning, development and growth of world class airports.

Each seminar will bring together a select group of approximately 50 high level delegates comprising top airports executives, senior government officials, and civil aviation authorities. The discussions are facilitated by experts in international airports management, air commerce, and technology solutions and by leaders from the private sector, service providers, leading academics, international institutions and multilateral agencies.

The selected group of high level delegates includes:

  • Ministers of transportation, public works and tourism from the African Region,
  • Airport general managers, 
  • Airport directors of finance and business development,
  • Head of corporations servicing, owning, or engaging in key airport business
  • Presidents and/or directors of Civil Aviation Authorities,
  • Executive Directors of national chambers of commerce,
  • Industry experts

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