The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with The African Airline Association (AFRAA) to deepen their cooperation.
The MoU was signed by IATA director general and chief executive officer, Alexandre de Juniac and AFRAA secretary general, Abderahmane Berthe on the sideline of the 74th IATA Annual General Meeting in Sydney, Australia.
Under the MoU, the associations will exchange information, expertise and capabilities and work together to enhance safety by assisting airlines to implement IATA Operational Safety Audit, IATA Safety Audit for Ground Operations and IATA Ground Handling Manual; promote regional air connectivity by working jointly with governments to implement the Single African Air Transport Market; encourage data sharing among aviation stakeholders; enhance security through capacity building; liberate airline funds blocked by governments from repatriation; and achieve reasonable levels of taxes and charges by helping governments to focus on the social and economic benefits of aviation.
De Juniac says: “Africa is full of potential. Unlocking the economic and social benefits of aviation is a critical element of the continent’s development. Achieving Africa’s potential, however, will not happen by chance. Continuous improvement in safety, an effective regulatory framework, and fit-for-purpose infrastructure are essential.
“To achieve that; strong partnerships are key. This MoU will strengthen IATA’s already close relationship with AFRAA and help ensure that global standards and best practices form the backbone of Africa’s aviation growth.”
Berthe adds: “AFRAA and IATA share a common vision – the development of a safe, secure and sustainable aviation industry in Africa that facilitates business, trade and tourism and contributes positively to Africa’s economic growth and development.
“This MoU with IATA will commit both our organisations to work together even closer on the main priorities for African aviation. In particular, we count on IATA to provide the requisite technical support across a number of areas such as improving aviation infrastructure and capacity building with national regulators.”