IATA: South Africa to host IATA AGM in 2013

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The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has selected Cape Town, South Africa as the location for its 69th annual general meeting (AGM) and world air transport summit (WATS).

The event will be held from 2 June to 4 June 2013 and will discuss growth opportunities for air transport in Africa, said IATA in a statement.

"Holding the AGM and WATS on African soil will focus the global industry's attention on the tremendous opportunities as trade and tourism links are being strengthened within the continent and to new and traditional markets beyond," says South African Airways chief executive Siza Mzimela. The event will also address issues that obstruct growth in Africa such as regulatory burdens, poor safety, and rising fuel prices.

"IATA is working across the continent with governments, regulators and airlines to improve safety, sustainability and competitiveness. Holding the 2013 AGM and WATS in Cape Town will provide a prominent platform to address these issues and challenges," says IATA chief Tony Tyler.