Saturday, 8 December and Sunday, 9 December – Pre-Conference activity
Registration of delegates
Monday, 10 December – Day 1
7:30 – 9:30 Registration of delegates
09:30 – 10:20 Opening Ceremony
- Welcome Remarks by Capt. Kibe Gilbert, Director General, Kenya Civil Aviation Authority
- Opening Address by Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu, President of the ICAO Council
- Special Remarks by Hon. James Wainaina Macharia, Cabinet Secretary, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development, Kenya
- Keynote Address by H.E. Hon. Uhuru Kenyatta, CGH, President of the Republic of Kenya
10:20 – 10:30 Introduction of the host of ICAN2019
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee Break (coffee/tea provided by the Host)
11:00 – 12:30 Round Table Discussion Session
"Benefits of liberalization of International Air Transport: Special focus on air cargo services"
There have been several key developments since the sixth Worldwide Air Transport Conference (ATConf/6), including efforts by ICAO to develop an international agreement to facilitate further liberalization of air cargo services on a global and multilateral basis. This short interactive Round Table Session will act as an introduction to the special event on “improving the regulatory environment for the liberalization of air cargo services”. The discussion will highlight the benefits of liberalization in particularly air cargo services and what States and aviation stakeholders can do to support the development of an international agreement for air cargo liberalization.
12:30 – 12:35 Administrative announcements by ICAO and the Host
12:35 – 14:00 Lunch break (lunch provided by the Host)
14:00 – 17:00 Special Event on "Improving the Regulatory Environment of Air Cargo Services"
This Special Event will focus on how to improve the regulatory environment to enhance the liberalization of cargo services up to 7th freedom traffic rights as this will maximize the benefits of air cargo services especially for Small Island Developing States, Land Locked Developing Countries (LLDCs) and Least Developing Countries (LDCs), to connect to distant markets in an efficient and reliable manner. Improving the regulatory environment of air cargo services will also support and contribute to the flourishing of e-commerce business. ICAO and industry experts will set the scene with for interactive panel discussions with presentations on regulatory reforms required to full liberalize air cargo services. The panel discussion will be moderated by ICAO. The outcome of this special event will support the on-going work of the Air Transport Regulation Panel (ATRP) on developing a multilateral agreement to facilitate the liberalization of air cargo services up to 7th freedom traffic right.
14:00 – 18:00 Meetings
Negotiation meetings between delegations
Business to Business (B2B) meetings
19:30 – 22:00 Dinner/Reception (tbd)
Tuesday, 11 December – Day 2
09:00 – 17:00 Meetings and workshops
Negotiation meetings between delegations
Business to Business (B2B) meetings Workshops
12:00 – 14:00 Lunch break (Lunch provided by the Host)
14:00 – 18:00 Meetings
Negotiation meetings between delegations
Business to Business (B2B) meetings
Wednesday, 12 December – Day 3
09:00 – 17:00 Meetings and workshops
Negotiation meetings between delegations
Business to Business (B2B) meetings Workshops
12:00 – 14:00 Lunch break (Lunch provided by the Host)
14:00 – 18:00 Meetings
Negotiation meetings between delegations
Business to Business (B2B) meetings
Thursday, 13 December – Day 4
09:00 – 17:00 Meetings and workshops
Negotiation meetings between delegations
Business to Business (B2B) meetings
Workshops
12:00 – 14:00 Lunch break (Lunch provided by the Host)
14:00 – 18:00 Meetings
Negotiation meetings between delegations
Business to Business (B2B) meetings
Friday, 14 December – Day 5
09:00 – 11:30 Negotiation meetings between delegations
11:30 – 12:00 Closing ceremony
- Vote of thanks
- Closing remarks by Host
- Closing remarks by ICAO
12:00 – 14:00 Lunch break (Lunch provided by the Host)
14:00 – 17:00 Remaining negotiation meetings between delegations

See Workshops → See Schedule of side events →


*light breakfast will be served

Tuesday, 11 December
8:00 – 9:00* Good Regulatory Practices (tbd)
Under the banner of no country left behind, a capacity building session on good regulatory practices as it relates to the negotiation of air services agreements. We would highlight various aspects of the ICAO TASA and other best practice examples around the world. The focus would be how to use these references to ensure that the agreements being signed in NBO unlock the economic and social promise that aviation holds.
9:00 – 11:45 Global / African Airlines Performance, Challenges and Outlook

In the last few years, airlines worldwide have faced varied challenges and thus the performances have been mixed with each airline tackling common and specific challenges in a self defined strategy. Presently, the growth is expected to be significant in the next few years and the future outlook is bright. To set the scene for the panel discussion, IATA will present the global airlines perspective whilst AFRAA will present the African perspective. The airlines panelists will then follow with their experiences and perspective. This will offer the various participating stakeholders interrogate the past and look to the future.

Moderator:
- Mr. Abderahmane Berthé, Secretary General, AFRAA
Speakers:
- Mr. Raphael KUUCHI, IATA Special Envoy Africa
- Kenya Airways
- South African Airways
- Turkish Airlines
- Ethiopian Airlines
12:00 – 13:00 AFI ANSP Peer Review Mechanism and the Mombasa AFI ATFM Roadmap
30 min: Peer Review Mechanism for the African Region

The mechanism, developed the high level safety conference in 2015, aims to promote continuous operational and safety improvements through identifying areas of operation that can be enhanced as well as to facilitate a structure whereby corrective action plans can be developed as necessary. In the longer term, one of the main objectives will be to achieve measurable common performance standards, fostering cooperation and to promote trust and confidence among the ANSPs. The modus operandi for its implementation was that the ANSP’s have to review each other safety management system using the CANSO Standard of excellence model and they would form small groups to conduct peer support between and among each other.

The way forward for the program is for CANSO to recruit more participants (review groups), merge the ICAO manual into the mechanism, collaborate with established regional groups to expand project and Secretariat and to evaluate the program. This workshop will provide an update and also try recruit more participants in the program

30min: CANSO Mombasa AFI ATFM Roadmap

CANSO has actively supported the implementation of CDM/ATFM practices in many parts of the world. Through these initiatives CANSO supports collaboration and is committed to improving the efficiency of air transport and is currently developing a Guide to assist ANSPs in implementing the CDM/ATFM in their environments. During the 2018 CANSO Africa conference under the theme “Improving efficiency through collaborative decision making and air traffic management”, the Africa ANSPs, CAA, IATA, ICAO, CANSO and other key ATM stakeholders agreed and resolved to develop a strategy to implement ATFM in the AFI region. This workshop present and discuss the status of the implementation of the Roadmap, update on CANSO’s work CANSO and try and get more inputs and participation.

Wednesday, 12 December
8:00 – 9:00* Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) (tbd)
Raise awareness of the regulatory texts that underpin the SAATM as well was key potential impediments to realizing its benefits (e.g. capacity restrictions and excessive taxation) and at the same time part-speed dating session to allow African stakeholders to dialogue with each other to move forward on cooperative arrangements and on bringing their ASAs into compliance with YD.
9:00 – 12:00 Commercial Operations of Drones, Regulations, Challenges and Outlook

The operations of Drones (Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems - RPAS) have increased dramatically in the last few years and their civilian use expanded from purely recreation to commercial use to different economic purposes. It is therefore appropriate for stakeholders to understand their specific operations, governing regulations, challenges encountered and future outlook. The foremost regulators will discuss the requirements for registration and operations while some current operators will discuss their present situation including large cargo operations, humanitarian work and calibration using drones. This will benefit the stakeholders in appreciating the emerging expanded air services role for drones

Moderator:
- Capt Tom Ogenche, DASSR, KCAA
Speakers:
- Rwanda CAA
- US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
- World Food Programme, (WFP)
- Astral Aerial Solutions
- DeNovo General
14:00 – 16:00 Impact of air transport on tourism and how to harness regional tourism – Africa focus

Tourism is a major player in economic development for many countries especially those relying heavily on this Industry. In turn air transport has a central role to play on tourism which relies on it for both international and domestic travel. Indeed the two industries are inter-depended. It is essential to review the air transport contribution in tourism whilst also looking at how to harness regional tourism with a focus on Africa. This workshop will be of benefit for those involved in both these industries and all other stakeholders.

Moderator:
- Mr. Mike Macharia, CEO, Kenya Association of Hotel Keepers
Speakers:
- Mr David Kajange, AU Head of Transport and Tourism Division
- Fred Kaigua, CEO – Kenya Association Tour Operators (KATO)
- Dr. Betty Radier, CEO Kenya Tourism Board (KTB)
- Ms Waturi Matu, Trade Mark East Africa
- Mr. Simon Kiarie, EAC Principal Tourism Officer
- Kenya Ministry of Tourism
Thursday, 13 December
8:00 – 9:00* European Competitiveness (tbd)
IATA will present their competitiveness index which was just launched in mid-November. All interested delegations, particularly from those from Europe, are invited to learn about the index, the various aviation policies that the index measures and discuss the topic of competitiveness.
9:00 – 12:00 Bilateral Air Service Agreements negotiations between African Member States and individual third party states & blocks – The AU guidelines

With the implementation of SAATM, the international air transport players are now keenly reviewing the implication of the present and future air service agreements between African States who have already signed the Solemn Commitment and individual third party States as well as third party block of States. Some questions which arise are, what is the effect of this “Open Skies” in Africa? Some African Airlines are concerned that Africa will open up to third party large carriers while the non African carriers are concerned that Africa in about to deny them market access. This scenario is also similar to the other various economic blocks. A further topic therefore, related to SAATM will be “The bilateral air service agreements negotiations between African Member States and third parties & blocks - The AU Guidelines.” The presenters include the representative of AUC, AFCAC, as well as a representative of the SAATM Champion will offer these AU guidelines. Additional presenters will be representatives from ICAO, EU, EAC and ECOWAS who will offer their perspective. This workshop will be of benefit to all stakeholders in moving towards a clearer understanding of multilaterals.

Moderator:
- Mr. Boubacar Djibo, Director Air Transport, ICAO
Speakers:
- Mr, David Kajange, AU Head of Transport and Tourism Division
- Mr. Tefera, Director Air Transport AFCAC
- Mr. Mike Tchangani, Focal Person of Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure (for SAATM Champion)
- Mr. Eric Ntagengerwa, Air Transport, East Africa Community (EAC)
- Dr. Paul-Antoine Ganemtoroe, Head, Air Transport Unit
- EU to be confirmed
14:00 – 16:00 Impact of air transport on tourism and how to harness regional tourism – Africa focus

Tourism is a major player in economic development for many countries especially those relying heavily on this Industry. In turn air transport has a central role to play on tourism which relies on it for both international and domestic travel. Indeed the two industries are inter-depended. It is essential to review the air transport contribution in tourism whilst also looking at how to harness regional tourism with a focus on Africa. This workshop will be of benefit for those involved in both these industries and all other stakeholders.

Moderator:
- Mr. Mike Macharia, CEO, Kenya Association of Hotel Keepers
Speakers:
- Mr David Kajange, AU Head of Transport and Tourism Division
- Fred Kaigua, CEO – Kenya Association Tour Operators (KATO)
- Dr. Betty Radier, CEO Kenya Tourism Board (KTB)
- Ms Waturi Matu, Trade Mark East Africa
- Mr. Simon Kiarie, EAC Principal Tourism Officer
- Kenya Ministry of Tourism

The programme is being coordinated by Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA).

Moderator:

  • Mr. Raphael Kucchi, International Air Transport Association (IATA) Special Envoy Africa

Speakers:

Mr. Abderahmane Berthe

Secretary General AFRAA

Mr. Abdérahmane Berthé is the Secretary General of African Airlines Association. He took office on 01 January 2018.

Formerly, Mr Berthé was the CEO of Air Mali and Air Burkina. He has 28 years’ experience in airline industry and a total of 16 years as an airline CEO.

Mr Berthé built his career in various Airlines and multicultural environment both in Europe and Africa at positions such as aircraft performance and dispatch engineering, maintenance and operations quality, ground operations and Chief Executive Officer.

Mr Berthé is a graduate from the French Civil Aviation school in Toulouse (1987 Master Of Science degree), the French Aeronautical and Space school in Toulouse (1988 Master Of Science degree) and the Business Institute in Toulouse (1989 Master degree)

Mr Berthé is also a holder of a Private Pilot License for Single Engine Aircrafts, obtained in 1985.

Captain Clifford 'Cliff' Sweatte

Global lead for WFP-RPAS

Captain Clifford “Cliff” Sweatte is an Aviation Officer and global lead for The World Food Programme’s (WFP) Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) initiative based in Rome, Italy. Cliff provides technical expertise for the identification of RPAS manufacturers and service providers for their potential use in humanitarian air cargo and emergency aviation missions. Cliff’s duties also include drafting WFP policies and guidance for enabling RPAS cargo operations in accordance with ICAO frameworks and civil aviation authority regulations.

Cliff previously served as an International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) RPAS technical officer. His roles included Secretary for the UAS Advisory Group (UAS-AG), formed to assist member States with developing guidance and best practices for their UAS and drone programs including the UAS traffic management (UTM) initiative presented at the DRONE ENABLE symposiums. Formerly, a FAA Aviation Safety Inspector and Program Manager for their UAS Pathfinder beyond visual line-of-sight (BVLOS) operations in the Arctic, performing marine mammal, ice and pipeline surveys with NASA, oil companies and with BNSF Railway, enabling the USA’s first civil, commercial BVLOS UAS operations.

Prior to joining the FAA, Cliff flew as an international air carrier pilot with nearly 7,000 hours of flying experience and served as an airline union leader, developing safety programs with the FAA. He is also a licensed Remote Pilot.

Capt. Michael Nicholson

Senior Assistant Director of Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) Head Airwing

Michael Nicholson, currently Senior Assistant Director of Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) Head Airwing, is an experienced pilot and leader in his native Kenya. Michael’s flying career began with KWS in the late 1990s where he participated in anti-poaching and conservation aviation operations. Since then he has converted over 40 pilots to tail wheel aircraft specifically for conservation aviation, and logged over 12,000 flying hours in many different types of aircraft throughout Africa primarily Somalia, Yemen, Ethiopia, Sudan, Egypt, Libya, Angola and Beirut.

His flying experience includes charter, MEDEVAC and survey flying into both improved and unimproved runways during the day and night. With KWS Michael completed an Officers Paramilitary Course, and subsequently honed his managerial, security and community leadership skills as a Chief Community Liaison Officer with Afren oil exploration, and long term as Managing Director of El Karama Ranch in Laikipia - Kenya, where he has been pivotal in creating a vibrant and successful economy to support a thriving conservation area.

His key vision that has real, tangible and lasting positive effects is his strategy of habitat stabilisation through local micro entrepreneurship and women empowerment. A lifelong aptitude for all things technical has characterised Michael’s career. Exceptional force of personality and sense of humour allow Michael to enjoy working with people from all different background, race, creed or religion to make things work well under challenging and evolving conditions.

Fadimatou Noutchemo Simo

Director- Strategy & Business Development at CRONOS Airlines Group and Founder - Young African Aviation Professional Association (YAAPA).

Fadimatou (Fadi) founded YAAPA in 2014, a nonprofit organization to educate youths through communication on aviation careers, as well as create a platform of exchange between the aviation stakeholders and the next generation of aviation professionals in Africa to meet up with the future demand of skilled workers in the industry.

Fadi is a member of the women in Aviation International Organization and actively promotes gender equality across the continent by advocating for stakeholders to invest more on human capital development through innovative methods in Africa to ensure a safe and secure aviation for the next generation.

Her message for gender equality in the African aviation industry is for each professional to identify a woman they will Inspire, Mentor and Empower to have more women in the Africa Aviation.

She and her team work to support all aviation related projects from industry organizations as the African Union, ICAO, IATA, AFRAA, AFCAC in raising awareness to ensure continuity and involvement of all .YAAPA being an active member to the ICAO NGAP outreach group works to ensure no country is left Behind.

Sanjeev S Gadhia

Founder and CEO of Astral Aviation Ltd

Sanjeev S Gadhia is the Founder and CEO of Astral Aviation Ltd which is a dedicated all- cargo airline based in Nairobi, Kenya and operates a fleet of seven cargo aircrafts into Europe and within Africa.

Operating one of the most successful airlines in Africa for 18 years, Sanjeev is responsible for the overall management, network planning and fleet acquisition for Astral Aviation, along with its Pan African expansion strategy, which entails two new cargo hubs in West and Southern Africa, including diversification into Logistics, Airport Infrastructure, Executive Jets and Unmanned Cargo Aircrafts.

Sanjeev is rated as a “New Generation Leader for Africa” by the prestigious African Leadership Network, while Astral has been rated as the best all-cargo carrier in Africa in 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2018. In 2017, Astral Aerial (UAV subsidiary of Astral Aviation) won the prestigious IATA Cargo Innovation Award for its UTM (UAV Traffic Management) innovation for Africa.

In September 2016, Sanjeev was appointed Vice Chairman of AFRAA’s (African Airlines Association) Cargo Committee based on his extensive experience in the aircargo sector in Africa. In October 2017, Sanjeev became the first Director from Africa to sit on TIACA (The International Air Cargo Association)

A banker by profession, Sanjeev has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the Schiller International University in London, in addition to being a member of EO Kenya (Entrepreneurs Organization) and YPO (Young Professional’s Organization) Africa Great Lakes.

Sanjeev is a Kenyan citizen and is married with 2 children.

Tefera Mekonnen, Tefera

Secretary General, African Civil Aviation Commission (AFCAC)

TEFERA MEKONNEN, TEFERA was appointed as the Secretary General of the African Civil Aviation Commission (AFCAC) by the Extraordinary Plenary held on 03 December 2018, in Livingstone, Zambia. Previously he was the AFCAC Director responsible for Air Transport, Aviation Security & Facilitation and Environmental protection. Prior to joining AFCAC, he had eight years of experience working as the Permanent Representative of Ethiopia to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), Montreal, Canada.

During his tenure as Representative to ICAO, Mr. Tefera was actively engaged in the works of the AFI Group at ICAO and in sensitizing States through his effective participation in the development of the draft Common African Aviation Policy (AFCAP), the Abuja Safety Declaration and the AFI SECFAL Initiatives.

Mr. Tefera’s extensive professional experience in civil aviation spans over 36 years, with increasing responsibility during his services at the Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority (ECAA), where he started as Air Traffic Controller and later, Air Transport Officer and subsequently, Head of Air Transport.

Mr. Tefera’s position with the ECAA climaxed as he was appointed Director General of ECAA. Among his achievements in this office, Mr. Tefera directed the national Aviation Security programme, the separation of operational and oversight functions of aviation security and the establishment of an autonomous airport Enterprise. He took part in numerous Bilateral Air Service negotiations, including with China, Italy, India and the USA and with several African countries, thus allowing for more liberalized air transport services.

Furthermore, he has served as on the Vice Presidency of AFCAC as well as with the Air Transport Regulatory Board of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) and was an active participant in the COMESA/SADC Air Transport Liberalization Committee, including the preparation of the Common Competition Rule for COMESA / SADC / EAC and on the establishment of an interim and later on the Regulatory Board of COMESA. As the Alternate Head of Delegation, Mr. Tefera has led the General Assemblies of ICAO (from the 33rd to the 38th Sessions) and numerous other International and Regional Conferences including Diplomatic, Air Navigation and Air Transport.

Mr. Tefera Mekonnen, Tefera is holder of a Bachelor of Arts and Economics degrees from the Addis Ababa University and Diplomas in Air Traffic Control Services, Diplomatic Training at UNITAR, Senior Aviation Management at the International Aviation Management Training Institute, IAMTI, Montreal; Transport Regulation for Anglophone Africa, The World Bank Institute.

Fred Kaigua, ACIArb, CPM (MTI)

Chief Executive Officer of the Kenya Association of Tour Operators (KATO)

Fred Kaigua has been actively involved in Kenya’s tourism industry for the last 27 years and is currently serving as the Chief Executive Officer of the Kenya Association of Tour Operators (KATO).  Prior to joining KATO, he worked in the Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife (Planning Unit) as a Senior Economist.

Fred is an Economist, with a BA (Economics) from The University of Nairobi (1988), Master’s Degree in Tourism from the International School of Tourism Sciences (SIST), Rome, Italy (1994) and an Advanced Diploma in Theology (TEE) from the Presbyterian University (2006).

Professional Membership includes being  an Associate Member, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK), and a Certified Professional Mediator - (Mediation Training Institute - Kenya).

Adefunke Adeyemi

Regional Director, Advocacy & Strategic Relations for Africa at the International Air Transportation Association(IATA)

Recently honoured as one of the 200 globallyMost Influential People of African Descent (MIPAD) in affiliation with the United Nations Decade for People of African Descent, Adefunke Adeyemi is a transformative thought leader, influencer and change agent, positively impacting lives and the business environment through her passion, work and initiatives.She is a lawyer, advocate and aviation expert, focused on bringing value, best practices and international standards to sectors, businesses and government, through a career spanning over 18 years.

In her current role as Regional Director, Advocacy & Strategic Relations for Africa at the International Air Transportation Association(IATA), Adefunke advocates for the sustainability and growth of the aviation industry across the region, showcasing its value to economies and businesses as an enabler and catalyst for development and growth. Adefunke is responsible for conceptiualising and delivering an ongoing campaign regarding the transformation of Africa’s socio-economic prospects through improved air connectivity across the continent, resulting in the launch of the Single African Air Transport Market by African Heads of State in January 2018 that could translate to billions of dollars in African GDP and thousands of jobs. She is the focal point for its implementation across the continent. Adefunke also introduced the concept of Good Regulatory Practices across the region, supported by many goverments, as a fundamental basis for industry sustainability, leading to significant savings and results. Adefunke also notably pioneered the global Value of Aviation campaign in IATA.

Mercy Beatrice Awori

Representative of Kenya and the Eastern Region on the Council of ICAO

Mercy Awori is the Representative of Kenya and the Eastern Region on the Council of ICAO representing 14 African States and is the first African woman to hold the position. She holds a MSc in Air Transport Management from Cranfield University and also an MBA. She is an alumna of Leiden University, Netherlands and University of Nairobi. In addition, she has several professional qualifications in aviation.

She has sat on the Boards of African Civil Aviation Commission (AFCAC) and KCAA and has also been the Coordinator of AFI Group and Developing States at ICAO. She was the Chair of ICAO Air Transport Committee and is currently the Chairperson of Human Resource Committee of ICAO. Prior to her appointment on the Council, she was the Head of Air Transport at KCAA.

The strong desire to use her privileged position of leadership to serve Member States to focus on the implementations of ICAO SARPs and strategic objectives, is what her current mandate is and her future goals are to collaborate with partners and stakeholders to seek innovative solutions to the challenges being faced by some of the Member States in the Eastern Region.

She is passionate about aviation and is a member of International Aviation Women’s Association (IAWA), she continues to serve the aviation industry globally with dedication and commitment.

Day 1 Round Table Discussion

Benefits of liberalization of International Air Transport: Special focus on air cargo services

Day 2 Workshop

Good Regulatory Practics in Air Services Agreement
Global/African Airlines Performance, Challenges and Outlook
AFI ANSP Peer Review Mechanism and the Mombasa AFI ATFM Roadmap

Day 3 Workshop

Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM)
Commercial Operations of Drones, Regulations, Challenges and Outlook
Impact of air transport on tourism and how to harness regional tourism – Africa focus

Day 4 Workshop

Bilateral Air Service Agreements negotiations between African Member States and individual third party states & blocks – The AU guidelines ​