By Namugerwa Martha

Uganda has hosted the first global aeronautical information management conference ever in Africa at Serena hotel Kampala under a theme “NO AIS LEFT BEHIND” where it disclosed that it’s working tirelessly to improve civil aviation in the country.

The conference has brought together industry lead players and exhibitors of the latest trends in aviation technology all over the world starting from 23rd to 25th may 2017 and over 200 delegates are hosted.

Minister of Works and Transport Hon. Monica Azuba who represented the Uganda’s premier Ruhakana Rugunda at the conference said that it’s an honor for Uganda to become the first African country to host the meeting which brings together all aeronautical experts.

Azuba said that aeronautical information service is a mandate of each state and in many cases it’s delegated to aviation authorities though air transport is known to be the safest mode of transport it remains the most dangerous if an air calamity hits, it leads to loss of many lives.

“The ultimate objective of the AIS is to provide information that can facilitate safe conduct of lights, we acquired funds to expand Entebbe International Airport and a good percentage is concluded,” Azuba said.

She added that aeronautical services are critical to every country and she is pleased to inform them that Uganda has a number of infrastructural developments in line with Global Air Navigation Plans.

“Government is now working with stake holders to upgrade aeronautical infrastructure and South Korea has given us a grant of $9.5 million,” Azuba added.

Azuba further added that the government is also working with development partners to modernize aeronautical infrastructure in the county.

Uganda was confirmed to be the host of this annual event in Rio de Janeiro Brazil last year.