IATA appoints new vice president for Africa

2014-03-04 15:51

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Johannesburg -   Raphael Kuuchi has been named as the new Vice President for International Air Transport Association (IATA).
Kuuchi joined IATA as the Director of Commercial, Corporate & Industry Affairs with the African Airlines Association in Nairobi, Kenya in November last year.

IATA announced in a statement that Kuuchi will divide his time between IATA's four sub-saharan offices in Johannesburg, Nairobi, Lagos and Dakar and will report to Hussein Dabbas, Regional Vice President for Africa & the Middle East region.

With a team of 23 air transport professionals Kuuchi, a Ghanaian national who began his career with Ghana Airways in 1991 before joining AFRAA in 2005, will focus on the African Union's implementation of the Abuja Declaration of 2012.

Key concerns for Air Transport in Africa revolve largely around air safety and connectivity challenged by various barriers to entry.

"IATA, in collaboration with AFRAA, is addressing these issues on behalf of its members and their customers. Raphael, with his considerable experience and expertise in engaging with governments and stakeholders across Africa, will play a leading role in these outreach initiatives," said Tony Tyler, IATA's Director General and CEO.
"AU member states have committed to the Abuja Declaration with its ambitious, but achievable, goal of a world-class safety record by next year," said  Kuuchi.

"Encouraging governments to liberalise the regulatory frameworks that currently restrict growth and connectivity, investment in appropriate infrastructure and the creation of more business-friendly tax regimes are issues critical to Africa's development and which we will be actively pursuing," he added.

 As IATA's new Vice President for Africa, Kuuchi succeeds Mike Higgins who was reassigned as the Regional Head of Airport, Cargo and Passenger Services for Europe.

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