The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the New Partnership for Africa’s Development Planning and Coordinating Agency (NEPAD) have forged a new agreement in aid of African aviation development.
The cooperation will look to enhance the contribution of civil aviation to the social and economic development of the African Continent, and promote related aviation infrastructure development and capacity-building in aid of sustainable air transport for Africa and Africans.
ICAO Council president, Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu said working cooperatively “is, and has always been, fundamental to the aviation sector”.
He added: “ This new framework with NEPAD will allow us to effectively address the development and modernisation of quality aviation infrastructure in Africa, consistent with ICAO’s global and Africa regional planning and commensurate with the exponential traffic growth forecast here.”
The new ICAO/NEPAD memorandum of understanding will formalise and deepen the cooperation between the two organizations, contributing to the implementation of the Declaration and Framework for a Plan of Action for Development of Aviation Infrastructure in Africa, adopted at the fourth ICAO World Aviation Forum in Abuja, Nigeria in November 2017.
Both organizations will now be working more closely together in facilitating the movement of persons and goods in Africa, mobilising resources for aviation infrastructure development, implementing NEPAD’s ‘MoveAfrica’ initiative for the aviation sector, developing e-commerce, and training and retaining next generation aviation professionals and promoting gender equity on the continent.
NEPAD chief executive officer, Dr. Ibrahim Mayaki said the collaboration will provide “added value” for both organizations and improve aviation infrastructure development in Africa.
He added: “It will help strengthen NEPAD’s understanding of the aviation sector, and importantly help us to ensure the inclusion of aviation projects in the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA).”