The first airline with a hub in West Africa to join the Africa CDC Trusted Travel Alliance, a significant initiative by the African Union to ensure that Africa has its digital platform to support the continent’s leading vaccine and lab test passport systems, is ASKY.
ASKY is the leading Pan-African Airline, which was established at the initiative of West & Central African governments.
ASKY Airlines Initiative
Globally, a new public health regime has been sparked by the COVID-19 epidemic that emphasises increased monitoring, digital openness, and big data technologies to aid in decision-making. This is the right time for public-private cooperation.
The airline sector is a prominent stakeholder in this new arrangement as major aviation operators aspire towards contactless operations and an integrated safety-and-wellness experience.
ASKY’s passenger-first values position it as a champion of public health, and its strong development mission in Africa makes it a major stakeholder in the economic reopening agenda.
ASKY Airlines Commitments
With better quality in travel regulatory management across Africa, travel, tourism, trade, investment, cultural exchange, and pan-African integration should resume the upbeat and positive trajectory that supports the Africa Rising narrative.
ASKY and the African Union community are advancing a programme to implement inclusive technology that is African-centered, of the highest calibre, and puts the needs of the people first. The health screening value chain’s fraud will be considerably reduced by this programme, the costly duplicate clinical testing will be eliminated, and data collecting to support rational travel control decisions will grow.
Speaking from the African Union’s headquarters in Addis Ababa, Africa CDC Director, Dr John Nkensagong, echoed Mr Ahadu Simachew, Chief Executive Officer of ASKY by reaffirming:
“The complete commitment of the Africa CDC and the African Union Commission to embrace private sector champions like ASKY who not only voice strong support for the continental public good and integration but put their resources where their mouth is by helping deploy Pan-African solutions that make a real difference in the lives of real Africans.”
Commenting on the same, Mr Ahadu Simachew, Chief Executive Officer of ASKY said: “As the airline set up to promote Africa’s socioeconomic transformation, ASKY couldn’t be prouder of its support for and promotion of Africa’s leadership in developing and rolling out ahead of the rest of the world innovations that de-risks full reopening of societies and economies but one that does so without leaving any African behind.”
Examples of initiatives that prioritise the public good include the PanaBIOS Consortium, which is bringing together cross-sectoral resources to support the African Union’s push for continental innovations, and the African Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), the African Union’s lead agency for continental health cooperation.
The latest in a long line of commitments to embrace and promote the Trusted Travel platform is this one.