Over a year ago, at the height of the covid pandemic, Namibia lost its 75 year old national airline. A major casualty of the economic downturn that resulted from the pandemic. Ofcourse Namibia was not alone in feeling the effects as the global aviation industry crushed under the weight of covid lockdowns and cross-border restrictions.
Today, Namibia is bouncing back and rethinking the trajectory of its aviation future. Building a resilient and sustainable aviation sector around a goal to create a logistics hub on the continent.
Championed by the Namibia Airports Company NAC), a forum to kickstart this journey launches this week in Windhoek, bringing local and international stakeholders together with a common goal to discuss the challenges of the sector and to forge a way forward guided by the region’s success stories.
The Namibia Aviation and Connectivity Forum (NACF) will be the first of its kind with participants from local and international airlines, airport operators, aviation regulators, financial institutions, general aviation operators, government, as well as aviation experts around the world.
The forum will inspire the preparation of a collective white paper which will pave way for structural and national policy reforms in the operation and regulation of the aviation sector.
It will also serve as a platform to showcase projects and investment initiatives that have the potential to stimulate growth in the Namibian aviation and related sectors.
While it is a Namibian initiative, the forum is expected to benefit the entire Southern African region and will actively involve participation from across the entire landscape.
Some of the themes covered by the forum will center around route development, tourism, open skies, regulation, financing, infrastructure development and more.
The Namibia Airports Company is also inviting sponsors who will play an active role in the forum and benefit from the opportunity of its visibility.
Launch of the project is on the 18th of August at a breakfast event in Windhoek.
The event will be graced by renown executives and leaders from both government and the private sector including Hon. John Mutorwa, Namibia’s Minister of Works and Transport, Airlink CEO, Roger Foster, Dr Leake Hangala, Chairperson of the NAC Board, Tim Harris who led Wesgro and oversaw one of the most successful route development projects on the continent, Ms. Baronice Hans, CEO Bank Windhoek, Ms. Nangula Uaandja, CEO NIPDB, and Mr. Mark Dawe, President AOPA among others.