Ethiopian Airlines announced that it will be hosting the ICAO Global Aviation Training and Trainer Plus Symposium with the theme: “Together, Enhancing Training to Build Capacity” in Addis Ababa from April 11 to 13, 2017.
The symposium that is the first to be held on the African continent is set to welcome an estimated 400 to 500 expected participants including the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) council President and the Secretary General, transport ministers, ambassadors, civil aviation and airport authorities, civil aviation officials, aircraft manufacturers, airline and airport operators, industry policy makers and tourism experts.
“It is a profound honor for all of us at Ethiopian Airlines to host the ICAO Global Aviation Training and Trainer Plus Symposium which brings major industry players together to exchange best practices and experiences in human resource development and aviation training, and more specifically in the Training Plus program for the advancement of global aviation,” Group CEO Tewolde Gebremariam said.
Tewolde further stated that the symposium will also be an opportunity for us to showcase Ethiopia’s hospitality, the state of the art Aviation Training facilities at Ethiopian’s Aviation Academy and the key role the airline is playing in the development of the African Aviation industry.
“ICAO has been organizing annual conferences; the first one was in Singapore, the second one was in Ireland and the third one which was last year was held in South Korea. So we can say that it is the first of its kind to be conducted here in Africa. It will enhance aviation training in Ethiopia and in Africa and it will also develop Ethiopian’s Aviation Academy.”
Two maintenance hangers will also be inaugurated by Ethiopian during the symposium. They were built over the last two years. “We will inaugurate them at that time so that participants can visit and take the opportunity to know about them so that they can use them for their plane maintenance needs,” Tewolde said.
Ethiopian is continuing to implement its 15 year strategic plan called vision 2025 that will see it become the leading aviation group in Africa. “When we first announced our vision 2025, people were skeptical saying it was too ambitious, but we are implementing everything and we will continue to do so with success,” Tewolde said.
The Airline has seven business centers in its vision 2025: Ethiopian Domestic and Regional Airline; Ethiopian International Passenger Airline; Ethiopian Cargo; Ethiopian MRO; Ethiopian Aviation Academy; Ethiopian In-flight Catering Services; and Ethiopian Ground Service.