TIACA deal supports Africa’s airfreight development

Caryn Livingston

Left to right: Jean Charles Manigart, business development manager, Africa, CHAMP Cargosystems; Koussai Mrabet – director commercial, Corporate and Industry Affairs, AFRAA; Sanjeev Gadhia, CEO and Founder, Astral Aviations, TIACA Board Member and vice president of AFRAA’s cargo task force; Vladimir Zubkov, TIACA Secretary General; Elijah Chingosho, Secretary General, AFRAA; Abderahmane Berthe, incoming Secretary General, AFRAA; and Bosco Gakwaya, cargo manager, Rwandair.

The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) and the African Airlines Association (AFRAA) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that will have TIACA working with the 40 members of AFRAA to support air cargo development in Africa.

Under the MoU, the organizations will collaborate on improvements to air cargo safety and security; developing new training initiatives; and promoting digitalization across Africa’s airfreight industry. Other areas the MoU will target for improvement include environmental practices, modernization of cargo facilities and services, and advocating for better market access across Africa.

In addition to the improvements, African airlines should realize that, “TIACA stands to benefit from better connection with the continent, which is the fastest developing in air cargo movement,” said TIACA secretary general Vladimir Zubkov.

Sanjeev Gadhia, the founder and CEO of Kenya-based Astral Aviation and vice chairman of AFRAA’s cargo task force, recently joined TIACA’s board.

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Caryn Livingston

Caryn Livingston is Editor of the monthly magazine Air Cargo World and Deputy Editor of the company’s monthly newsletter, Cargo Facts, and its weekly e-mail publication Cargo Facts Update. Prior to joining Cargo Facts in 2017, Caryn worked as a journalist in Houston covering the oil and gas industry. She holds a BA in English from the University of Tulsa and an MA in Literature from the University of Houston-Clear Lake.