Egis, an international consultancy, engineering and operation group is pooling expertise with Camas, a French group specialised in airport training, to create a new aviation training centre in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire.

The CMA (Centre des Métiers de l'Aviation) was born from the objective of the two groups to pool their complementary expertise and offer training services to aviation professionals in Africa, in compliance with international standards and best practices. CMA will be an IATA Authorized Training Centre and will benefit from Camas' position as ICAO TRAINAIR PLUS member.

CMA is aimed at companies as well as individuals, for ab-initio and in-service training as well. In the airport setor, the portfolio of training programmes encompasses a broad range of topics: ground handling and cargo, safety and security, dangerous goods, planning and operation, certification and audit, customer sevice, logistics, management, IT, and languages.

Olivier Baric, Aviation Director - Africa at Egis, commented: "The CMA will promote the recruitment of local trainers to offer training programmes that are even more adapted to the regional context and needs. One of the major objectives is thus to contribute to the improvement of safety and security management in the subregion. In this perspective, setting up our training centre in Abidjan is a strategic choice which relies on the city's attractiveness in a country with improtant prospects for air traffic growth."