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AFRAA holds 16th annual general assembly. (African Airlines Association)

Algiers--The African Airlines Association (AFRAA) ended its 16th Annual General Assembly (AGA) here in an upbeat mood, determined to make the 36-airline member group more effective. At the opening of the meeting President Slimane Bendjedid, director general of Air Algerie, said that various projects for African airline cooperation are discussed at every AFRAA AGA without any positive results being achieved. He urged the membership to do more to make the association more dynamic but also noted "weakness in animating and coordinating" AFRAA's activities on the part of the Secretariat. With more active participation of members and the Secretariat playing a more efficacious role, AFRAA must henceforward produce concrete results rather than words, President Bendjedid declared.

Inspired by Bendjedid's opening address, delegates spent considerable time discussing ways and means of improving AFRAA's performance, including possible changes in the Secretariat. These deliberations were held in closed session and the various suggestions will be examined in detail during meetings of the Executive Committee during the months ahead. One important decision that AGA took was that Semret Medhane should continue to serve as Secretary General until July 31, 1986. …

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