• Chidozie Uzoezie

Lagos Marriott Hotel to Host Aviation, Cargo, and Export Conference

The newly opened Lagos Marriott Hotel will play host to the first AviaCargo event in Nigeria. The upscale Marriot was opened to the public in May 2021. With 250 Rooms located in the heart of Ikeja GRA near the airport, it is well positioned to host aviation events. This was the opinion of Mr. Chike Ogeah the Managing Director of Macfolly Hospitality Limited the owners of Lagos Marriott when he led the organizers round the function suites of the hotel. Lagos Marriott is allied to the aviation sector and looks forward to hosting more aviation conferences and welcomes Chinet Aviacargo event to Lagos Marriott. "Aviation and Cargo are part of the heritage of the owners of this hotel and we are happy to be a part of this maiden edition"

More stakeholders are signing up for the first Aviation, Cargo, and Export Conference in Nigeria. The Nigeria Export Promotion Council, the apex body in charge of promoting export in Nigeria will be participating in the 2-day event. They will be making a presentation on how exporters can be assisted to do more through aviation. NEPC is at the heart of all projects to lift Aviacargo in Nigeria. The gazetting of 4 Airports as export processing zones brings to fore the importance of the Nigerian Export Processing Zones Authority NEPZA to the growth of Aviacargo in Nigeria. NEPZA will be at CHINET to showcase the opportunities available to investors at the Airports. NEPC and NEPZA will be Joining the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria FAAN and EthiopianAirlines as Major Partners of the first Aviacargo event in Nigeria. The two leading Aviation Cargo and Logistics companies in Nigeria NAHCO and SAHCO will be Major players at this Event along with many Airlines, Logistics, and global financial service companies.

This is according to the organizers. The event the first of it's kind is coming up on the 25th and 26th of August 2021 in Lagos. Since 1935, aviation has been growing in Nigeria. With so many airlines and airports, it is expected that Aviation should and would contribute more to the nation’s economy. The conveners of this event ATQNews, a global Pan African Travel News organization says that the conference is long overdue. It says in its introductory message that "Nigeria a country with over 200 million resourceful people depends a lot on imports this has been eroding the national wealth. A lot of airlines bring freighters daily to Nigeria and most of them fly out empty. There is therefore a need to change this dysfunctional scenario. Nigeria needs to export more and Aviation should be the key to increasing exports.

To this end, Atqnews seeks to convene an annual conference that brings all potential Exporters, Cargo managers, Logistics firms, Airlines, Airports, Customs, and everyone in the Aviation and Cargo ecosystem to chart a pathway that enables Nigerians to export more. As the importance of oil wanes, the value and volume of non-oil export should be growing and aviation should be driving it."

The Conference which will have an Exhibition part will be broken into 3 parts over 2 days, Aviation, Cargo and Exports. The Aviation aspect will have a Presentation and Panel Discussion on 'Airlines, Airports and Aviation.' Experts including Airline CEOs, past airport CEOs, and Aviators will discuss the reasons why our Airlines and Airport Systems have not Delivered the Best Possible Outcomes for Aviation in Nigeria.

The Second Section on Cargo will be presentations and panel discussions on the Cargo and Logistics Value Chain the Challenges of Scale and the Opportunities available. The third part will be on Export. How do we scale our Export Capacity? How do we remove the impediments and improve our access and market Penetration Globally. There will be a Support Session on Insurance and Financing of Aviation, Cargo, and Export in Nigeria.

At the End of the 2-day event "we will be leaving the event with enough Knowledge about the Current Aviation situation in Nigeria and its role in growing the Economy by driving bigger cargo export from Nigeria. With this understanding of the Cargo and Export Systems, we can integrate our systems by networking and learning from each other as problems shared eventually become problems solved" according to Mr. Ikechi Uko Publisher ATQNews organizers of the event.

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