Last week, Airbus aviation company published a report on the role of aerospace technologies and their impact on social and economic development in Africa, and considered that Tunisia and Morocco were among the active countries in this area, while Algeria was not classified.
The report, which copy is available to Echorouk, examines the potential of the aviation sector to address a number of key challenges in the continent, including facilitating access to health care, enhancing food security, making African agriculture more competitive and sustainable, and encouraging education, training and innovation, by providing companies with innovative products and solutions and removing barriers to the movement of people and goods in the continent.
The report was formally launched at a special summit in Toulouse in the presence of representatives of African governments, policy makers, businessmen and intergovernmental bodies, and multilateral development organizations as well.
“The aerospace and aviation industry offers solutions to many social and economic challenges that Africa faces in the path to sustainable development”, said Mikail Houari, President of Airbus Africa and the Middle East.
“The aviation and aerospace industry is a major driver of social and economic change, measured by its benefits in building a secure and prosperous future, and this is the aim of the report”.
“This report highlights the different ways in which aerospace technology can support African social and economic development.”
“It analyzes the role of aeronautical and space technologies in sectors that have the greatest impact on social and economic development, including industry and manufacturing, civil aviation, agriculture, health and humanitarian assistance”.
In terms of manufacturing and industry, many African countries are final consumers in the global value chain for aviation and space, and joining the ranks of producers in this value chain is a great challenge for many, but it is not impossible.
According to the same report, the examples of current aviation and space leaders on the African continent, such as South Africa, Tunisia and Morocco, demonstrate the complexity of, on the one hand, the opportunities faced by African countries in developing industry and manufacturing capabilities in the aerospace sector, among them the potential “demographic dividend” for Africa, which can be achieved through investment in African youth with expertise.
In the aviation sector, the key challenge remains how to connect people to markets and goods faster, cheaper and more effectively in order to improve the sector’s role as an economic engine and a means of improving integration in Africa.
Agriculture may be the most important pillar for sustainable development of the continent. Although the sector employs more than 60% of the continent’s population, it contributes only with 15% of GDP, given the fundamental difficulties that still exist that Aeronautics and space technology, like agriculture, can reflect this by empowering farmers to increase production and reduce costs.