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Hitachi wants to buy Thales rail systems, valued at 1.66 billion euros

The Japanese industrial conglomerate Hitachi announced Wednesday, August 4 that it had entered into exclusive negotiations with the French Thales to buy its activity in railway signaling systems, for an enterprise value of 1.66 billion euros. The final price of the transaction will be set at a later date, and the transaction is expected to be finalized by early 2023, subject to the approval of the relevant regulatory authorities, Hitachi said in a statement. "With this important strategic move, we will be able to focus on the development of three major high-tech activities (Defense, Aerospace & Security) with long-term growth" and capable of generating "double-digit" margins, underlined Thales CEO Patrice Caine.

Reform Asecna to combine sovereignty with economic development

For many African countries, regaining sovereignty over their airspace is a crucial political issue. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) recognizes that each state has full and exclusive sovereignty over the airspace above its territory, but the reality is a little different on the continent. Asecna manages the airspace of its 17 member countries and collects all the fees paid for each aircraft using the airspace of a country. Due to airspace control failures and excessive collection times (between 30 and 60 days, sometimes longer), the organization collects on average only 50% of what African states should collect. It is therefore urgent to reform the current functioning to get out of an established system of dependence, afford additional resources and improve the attractiveness of African airport facilities.

ASECNA: Senegal in the command

The Minister of Tourism and Air Transport of Senegal, Mr. Alioune SARR has just been appointed Chairman of the Committee of Ministers of ASECNA, for a one-year term. He thus replaces Mr. Hervé Yves HEHOMEY, Minister in charge of Civil Aviation of Benin.

This consecration of Senegal came at the end of the 67th session of the Committee of Ministers of the Pan-African Agency, held on July 29, 2021, by videoconference, due to the resurgence of COVID-19.

Made up of the ministers in charge of civil aviation from the Member States, the Committee of Ministers is the supreme body of the Agency. The Committee of Ministers is responsible for defining the general policy of the Agency, and in particular its strategy, and ensuring its implementation.

Niger entrusts management of Agadez international airport to ASECNA

Agadez Mano Dayak Airport is one of three international hubs in the country after Niamey and Zinder. Rehabilitated and modernized in 2016 as part of the “Agadez Sokni” (Agadez la coquette) program, Niger wants to make it a lever for opening up the northern part of the country. According to the delegation agreement, ASECNA will take charge of the platform staff (air traffic controllers, maintenance technicians, meteorological agents, aerodrome firefighters, etc.), will provide technical management (radio electrical infrastructures); but also the operation of air navigation and meteorological services, the operation and maintenance of communication, navigation and surveillance facilities.

Gabon: a new airport for 2023 and ... a new national airline?

Gabon is fueling ambitious projects in the aviation sector. Transport Minister Brice Constant Paillat announced that a new airport will be created in June 2023. "This is what is provided for in the amendment and the agreements we have signed with GSEZ Airport". The Minister of Transport also ensures that the project to create a new national carrier in Gabon is topical, but prefers to work in the silence imposed on him by the sensitivity of this issue and warns "that we do not wish to have to relive the fact that we are creating a national company which ultimately resembles a subsidiary of a company with which we will be allied ”.

ASECNA's board of directors, invited to support the efforts of its CEO

The Minister of Tourism and Air Transport, Alioune Sarr, on the occasion of the 147th meeting of the ASECNA Board of Directors, on 07/28/2021, invited the Board of Directors of ASECNA to support the Director General in 'his efforts to curb the harmful effects' of the coronavirus health crisis on the Agency, in particular "on the management of its staff and on its operational performance". According to Alioune Sarr, the challenge to be met remains unresolved for States, for airlines, such as airport managers, but also for air navigation service providers.

European air traffic management is undergoing a revolution

To cope with the constant growth in air traffic, the SESAR program offers innovative solutions that integrate on the one hand digital remote control and unique management of flights throughout their journey. Tests carried out with HungaroControl show that the second solution will reduce the load on the controllers while maintaining mobilization that does not affect their concentration. Likewise, the single management of flights over their entire route should limit the delays attributable to air traffic control. In short, this solution will provide more security and less delay.

ASECNA published a new call for tenders

ASECNA published on 07/27/2021 a call for tenders for the purpose "Supply of spare parts and maintenance services for SLI vehicles of the Gimaex, Rosenbauer and Volkan brands from the various ASECNA airport platforms"

Download here the call for tender dossier

ICAO Urges Africa to Strive for Air Transport Growth and Safety

In quest to ensure a safe and sustainable recovery of aviation from the COVID-19 crisis, the International Civil Aviation Organization(ICAO) has urged African Aviation States to work tirelessly towards seeking opportunities that guarantee safety confidence, security performance improvements and air transport growth. ICAO Secretary General Dr. Fang Liu said,”The tremendous potential future for aviation in Africa could be achieved through the realization of regional commitments thus, aviation has the critical role to play in States’ pandemic recovery planning.”. She made these remarks when she was addressing Africa’s aviation leaders last week opening the 2021 AFI Aviation Week before addressing the Eighth Meeting of Directors General of Civil Aviation of the AFI Region (AFI-DGCA/8). The Secretary General further underscored that,”Air transport growth rates in Africa are among the fastest in the world prior to COVID-19. We must also recognize together that recent results could have been much more robust if not for persisting regulatory barriers, financial constraints, and the slow pace of air transport liberalization here.”

The Executive Secretariat of the G5 Sahel and the Union des Patronats du G5 Sahel sign a memorandum

The signing of the memorandum of understanding between the G5 Sahel and the Union of Employers' Organizations of the G5 Sahel aims to create a framework for cooperation and facilitation between institutions in areas of common interest such as transport, infrastructure, energy but also fishing agriculture, the environment, mining industries, services. To carry out this action, the two institutions have agreed to prepare a roadmap that aims to support economic development at the level of the G5 Sahel. The signing ceremony took place in the presence of Mr. Lefdhal Ould Bettah first vice-president of the UNPM, Mr. El Kowry Ould Abdel Mowla secretary general of the Union, Mr. Seyed Ould Abdallahi, advisor to the president of the 'Union, in charge of the Federation of Patrons of the Sahel, the Ambassadors of Mali and France, Their Excellencies MM. Mohamed Dibassi and Robert Moulié and the honorary consul of the Republic of Niger.

Ghana: US allocates $ 1.2 million for project to build aircraft maintenance center in Accra

On Wednesday, June 30, the United States Agency for Trade and Development (USTDA) allocated a grant in the amount of $ 1.2 million to Ghana for the realization of a feasibility study for the construction of a maintenance, repair and overhaul center (MRO). The infrastructure is expected to be located at Kotoka International Airport (KIA). The direct beneficiary of this grant is the private company Aerojet Aviation Limited. The upstream work related to the feasibility study should be completed by December 2021 while the establishment of the center and its operationalization are planned for the first quarter of 2024.

Questions after the presentation of the SU-75 "Checkmate"

After several days of suspense, Sukhoi has just unveiled, and in English, the neat model of a new 5th generation stealth fighter, the Su-75, triumphantly baptized “Checkmate”. Several local figures from the aviation and defense industry have unveiled a few small details on Russian social networks, which are difficult to verify at the moment. The aircraft would be a "versatile lightweight single-engine fighter" that could operate in difficult weather conditions. Its cost would be 7 times lower than the F-35, and would target the Gripen NG or Indian LCA market segment. The target purchase price for the device alone would be around $ 30 million. The “Checkmate” business plan foresees the production of 300 devices for the next 15 years. The first wind tunnel tests would take place in 2023, the construction of the first prototypes in 2024-2025, and flight tests in 2026 before the start of production.

Tanzania: the main transport school could become the first Airbus training center in Africa

Already bound by an agreement with the Tanzanian national carrier, the Tanzania National Transport Institute is preparing a partnership with Airbus. The latter wants to set up a pilot training center there, which should be operational by the second quarter of 2022. The National Institute of Transport (NIT) in Tanzania should become the ninth training center of the European company Airbus in the world, and the first on the African continent. According to the school's rector, Professor Zacharia Mganilwa, a tacit agreement has already been reached between his school and the company.