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Sierra Leone News: Air France/KLM committed to African growth

KLM and Air France joint venture in the world

KLM and Air France joint venture in the world

Senior Vice President of Air France/KLM Africa Mr Frank Legre has said that they are committed to the economic growth of Africa and that is the reason they are expanding with the continent to help in quality fights as well as help in the development of the continent.
“At the heart of Air France-KLM’s concerns, the Group has many social and societal commitments in Africa. Air France-KLM supports the employment, training and health of its employees. “
He said they have established in some thirty countries in Africa and the Group’s 4,000 + local employees benefit from the values and commitments contained in the Group’s Ethic and Social Charter.
“Air France and KLM implement a responsible employment policy, offering them on going vocational training with tutoring and training at the group’s training centres in Paris and Amsterdam, campaigns on work accident and risk prevention and programmes for preventing health risks specific to their environment. “
Mr Legre said they have also introduced malaria awareness campaigns along with campaigns for preventing risks related to the Ebola virus. “Moreover, the Group has implemented a specific HIV information programme for staff, for purposes of preventing and fighting discrimination, which employees relay among their relatives and friends.”
The Senior Vice President says they support the transfer of skills through consultancy assignments or through the African Institute for Careers in Aviation (IAMA), which was founded in 2006 in Bamako I, Mali.
“It is our ambition to provide qualifying training courses in the aviation sector in Africa. IAMA offers airlines, African airport handling companies, transit agents, travel agents or airports the possibility to professionalize their structures and services through regulatory training, recurrent training and retraining programmes. “
Senior Vice President Mr Legre said  Air France-KLM is committed to long-term projects related to child protection, health, culture, training and the transfer of skills, as well as sustainable development programmes.
“The Air France Foundation involves around 2,500 employees in volunteer work and fundraising. Since it was founded in 1992, the Foundation has supported 1,071 projects benefitting thousands of children in 80 countries.”
The Regional Manager Mr Philip Barberi  said in Africa, the Foundation has allocated over 4.6 million euros of subsidies to support 245 projects in 26 countries. It has also helped to finance the setting-up of shelters or social centres, as well as the construction of schools for teaching children who are not at school to read.
“In 2013 and 2014, 27 projects in support of children who are sick, disabled or in difficulty received financial support from the Air France Foundation. As part of the 2014-15 programmes, 34 projects, covering 17 countries, were funded in the African continent.
Mr Barberi averred that KLM Air supports various initiatives in Africa such as access to internet technology for all students with its “Close the gap” programme, reforestation in Kenya (120,000 trees planted near Nairobi in the Ngong Hills) and its ‘Wings of Support’ special education programme with its 2,000 donors and volunteer employees from KLM or Martinair.
He thank the cooperation between KLM and the university of Amsterdam, the Doctor2Doctors programme which allows Dutch paediatricians to travel regularly to Kenya to assist their colleagues.
The Senior Vice President Mr Frank Legre said the Aviation Sans Frontieres, a specialist in emergency aid, carries medical supplies to remote areas and accompanies sick children by relying on volunteers in the air transport sector, notably Air France and KLM employees.
“Together with other actors from the air transport industry and private sponsors, Air France and KLM finance the budget needed for the maintenance and operation of aircraft that carry out these assignments on behalf of NG0s.
He said Acting for Life, with the support of Air France, helped finance numerous projects in Africa, Southern Asia and Latin America, in the fields of child protection, economic development, micro credit and sustainable tourism. In 2014, for example, Acting for Life took part in a project to improve the resources and living conditions of rural populations in Burkina Faso.
Friday May 19, 2017.

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