ACCRA, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo opened the First Africa Airshow here Wednesday with a call to stakeholders to provide greater air connectivity to develop African economies.

The vision of his government was to make Ghana, the aviation hub of Africa providing connectivity to the West Africa sub-region, added President Akufo-Addo at the opening of the First Aerospace and Aviation Exhibition of West Africa which is being held under the theme, “Connecting Aviation Professionals across All Areas of the Industry with the African Market”.

The event, which is the first aerospace and aviation exhibition in West Africa, will provide an opportunity for manufacturers and service providers in the sector to explore and meet potential customers. It was organized with the view to position the African aviation industry at the forefront of regional and global interests.

President Akufo-Addo commended the Minister of Aviation for organizing the event to showcase businesses, networking and promoting the Aviation industry. He said air transport was an industry which served as a catalyst to promote the aviation industry and socio-economic growth.

He said Africa’s airports supported 6.8 million jobs while in Ghana, the aviation sector was recording annual growth of 7.9 per cent. The government had brought back the Aviation Ministry and made it highly competitive in the promotion of the industry.

He said the Ministry was spearheading efforts to make the country’s main airport here to be one of the best in Africa. Its role also includes the construction of Terminal 3, installation of modern navigation systems, and the construction of Phase II of the Tamale and Kumasi Airports.

He said the government had given policy approval for the establishment of a national carrier to enhance the needed connectivity in Africa.