ACSA, Africa’s largest airports authority, has stated that as part of its ongoing expansion into emerging markets, they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with GACL to provide advisory and technical consultancy services on all airport related matters in Ghana.
GACL, which is responsible for the development and maintenance of Ghana’s airports, including Kotoka International Airport in Accra, stated that air traffic in the region has grown phenomenally in recent years, with domestic traffic increasing by 30 per cent per annum and international passengers at around ten per cent.
According to Ghana’s Minister of Transport, Dzifa Aku Attivor, the growth has put increased pressure on Ghana’s airports, especially that of Kotoka. The upgrading of all facilities in the region is then essential.
“We did not have to look far for a highly recommended partner to provide us with advisory services. Showcasing Africa’s abilities through the enormously successful airports expansion and management programme for the 2010 FIFA World Cup was recommendation enough for Airports Company South Africa,” Attivor explained.
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The partnership between the two companies will therefore focus on technical, commercial and strategic business development aspects of the aviation industry with the goal of providing improved facilitation and commercial airport services for all stakeholders.
The MOU is however not the first of its kind. Previously, ACSA signed similar partnerships with GVK for the management of Mumbai International Airport in India, and with Invepar to develop Guarulhos International Airport in Brazil.
Bongani Maseko, chief executive officer (CEO) of ACSA stated that the company’s main goal is for Africa to compete internationally through their cooperation with the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) countries.
“As a company, we pride ourselves in the ability to compete in international markets through our involvement in some of the BRICS markets and hence we will strive to ensure that the region can provide airport facilities and services to compete with any in the world,” said Maseko.
“The focus on Africa remains critical to our business in order that the continent earns its deserved place as a meaningful contender in the global economy.”
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Charles Asare, CEO of GACL, added that the partnership will open up new business opportunities for the continent.
“This MOU opens business opportunities for co-operation in infrastructure development, ground handling operations, retail and property management development among others for our entrepreneurs and businessmen and women to pursue,” he added.
According to South Africa’s Minister of Transport, Dipuo Peters, ACSA’s expansion strategy is in line with South Africa’s government’s goal of driving business cooperation across Africa.
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“Today’s announcement is a positive and exciting demonstration of a well-founded belief in the depth, wealth of experience and expert skills that Airports Company South Africa has accumulated over the twenty years of its existence. It is equally pleasing that Ghana has recognised and acknowledged South Africa’s pre-eminence in the development and management of world-class airports by entering into an agreement for us to provide multi-dimensional assistance for their aggressive airport expansion programme,” she said.