Stakeholder engagement key to aviation success, says Minister Tayali


Government has urged stakeholders in the aviation ecosystem to work together to enhance connectivity, improve infrastructure and promote a conducive regulatory environment.

According to Minister of Transport and Logistics, Frank Tayali, stakeholder engagement was vital for the effective operation of the Ministry and the aviation industry.

Speaking at the 2024 Annual Aviation Stakeholders’ Meeting in Lusaka on Tuesday, Tayali pointed out the significance of the gathering as a platform for industry leaders, policymakers and stakeholders to plan the future of aviation in Zambia.

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“Aviation serves as a vital enabler of socio-economic development by connecting people, businesses and communities, facilitating trade and tourism and fostering regional integration and global cooperation,” he said.

The Minister noted that in line with the eighth National Development Plan, government prioritized transforming Zambia into a regional transport and logistics hub.

“Our commitment to fostering innovation, safety and efficiency has positioned us as a regional leader in aviation connectivity,” Tayali stated.

He revealed that Zambia saw a historic peak in passenger traffic, surpassing 2 million passengers this year.

Tayali assured that government would continue engaging stakeholders to provide a conducive environment for business and increasing passenger numbers.

“The theme for the 2024 Annual Aviation Stakeholders’ Meeting is ‘Collaboration for Sustainable Growth,’ which underscores the importance of partnership in achieving sustainable development,” he added.

Tayali also emphasized the need for collaboration not only within the sector but also across institutions and government ministries.

He mentioned that preparations for the ICAO Audit were underway, with close collaboration across ministries, adding that a high-level committee of Permanent Secretaries from various ministries had been constituted to address high-level issues promptly.

“I urge all aviation stakeholders to fully cooperate with the Civil Aviation Authority in preparing for the audit to achieve a positive score,” he said.

Tayali also mentioned the importance of enhancing connectivity through infrastructure development, route expansion and improved air transport services to facilitate economic development, cultural exchange and global mobility.

The minister reaffirmed government’s commitment to upgrading provincial and strategic airports, modernizing air traffic management systems and expanding the air transport network.

“We need effective collaboration among stakeholders to address common challenges and seize opportunities for growth and innovation,” concluded Tayali said.

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