BETTER AIR CONNECTIONS WILL HELP AFRICAN BUSINESS, SAYS MOZAMBICAN PM

Mozambican Prime Minister Carlos Agostinho do Rosario has argued that better air connections between African countries will help improve the business environment on the continent.

He was speaking here Thursday at the opening of the 25th General Assembly of the Airports Council International (ACI) which is being attended by about 300 delegates from across the globe.

“Improving air connections is an imperative, since once those connections are guaranteed, they will contribute to improving the business environment, encouraging investment, stimulating innovation and raising the efficiency of business management,” he added.

Air transport, he said, was taking on growing importance in the world economy. “It facilitates the export of goods, particularly agricultural goods, ensuring that fresh products reach distant markets with the required quality. It allows the rapid movement and reasonable prices of specialist components in the chains of production.”

One of the main challenges faced by African countries, he said, concerns investment in airport facilities, which is extremely expensive. Airports should bank on modernization to improve the quality of the services they provide, and should work to establish public-private partnerships, he added.

Hhe stressed that the financial sustainability of airport companies should be one of the top priorities and added that this involved investing continually in human resources, adopting innovative models of management and creating opportunities for greater participation by the private sector.

“Air connectivity, measured by the frequency of flights, reliability, and the diversity of destinations, is strongly associated with important economic variables, such as labour productivity and the competitiveness of the tourism sector,” he said.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK.