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The Prime Minister of Mauritius to open ACI World and Africa's annual conference

Posted 14 September 2017 · Add Comment

Airports Council International (ACI) World has announced that the 27th ACI Africa/World Annual General Assembly Conference & Exhibition, taking place from 16–18 October 2017 in Port Louis, Mauritius, will be opened by the Prime Minister of Mauritius, the Hon Pravind Kumar Jugnauth.

Under the theme "Bold leadership in a time of change," the Honorable Jugnauth will address an expected 400 international delegates from the aviation industry. 

"Mauritius is pleased to welcome the partners and stakeholders of the global airport and aviation sector," said Jugnauth. "The 27th ACI Africa/World Annual General Assembly Conference & Exhibition coincides perfectly with the 50th Anniversary of Air Mauritius, our flag carrier airline. This conference is therefore a unique milestone and opportunity for our country to proudly showcase the progress we have achieved in aviation. We have benefitted tremendously from international cooperation and we are today in a position to extend support to our peers. I am confident that this conference will also be a privileged moment for sharing and learning from each other's experience."

Jugnauth will be joined at the Opening Ceremony by Angela Gittens, Director General, ACI World; Declan Collier, Chair, ACI World; Ali Tounsi, Secretary General, ACI Africa; Engineer Saleh Dunoma, President, ACI Africa; and, Johnny Dumazel, Chairman AML & ATOL. The Keynote address will be given by Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu, President of the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

"We are delighted to have the Prime Minister of Mauritius open the 27th ACI Africa/World Annual General Assembly Conference & Exhibition," said Gittens. "Mauritius has become a leader in travel and tourism and Airports of Mauritius is an active Member of ACI. The Prime Minister's opening remarks will thus perfectly complement the conference's theme of 'Bold leadership in a time of change,' where success goes beyond present circumstances."

The conference's session topics will include: Creating a strong security culture; Airport CEOs' views on the digital transformation; how ACI's World Business Partners are innovating for airports; and, a panel of Airport Service Quality (ASQ) Award winners in a session titled "The road to success: learning from the world's best airports in customer experience." A detailed programme of the conference can be found on the event website. 

Top speakers include: 

Romesh Bhoyroo, Chief Executive Office, Airports of Mauritius Ltd.

Alan Borg, Chief Executive Officer, Malta International Airport

Howard Eng, President & Chief Executive Officer, Greater Toronto Airports Authority

Martin  Eurnekian, Chief Executive Officer, Aeropuertos Argentina 2000

Deborah Flint, Chief Executive Officer, Los Angeles World Airport

Poppy Khoza, Director of Civil Aviation, Chief Executive Officer, South African Civil Aviation Authority

Anil Kumarsingh Gayan, Minister of Tourism, Government of Mauritius

Kerrie Mather, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Sydney Airport Corporation Limited

Guruprasad Mohapatra, Chairman, Airports Authority of India

Bongani Maseko, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director,  Airports Company South Africa

Toby Nicol, Executive Director, The Global Travel Association Coalition (GTAC)

Stefan Schulte, Chairman of the Executive Board, Fraport AG

Zhen Wang, Chairman, Haikou Meilan International Airport

Ian Witter, Head of Airside Regulation & Oversight, Heathrow Airport Ltd.

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