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IATA, AFRAA sign MoU to advance aviation in Africa
June 3, 2018. IATA news. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the African Airline Association (AFRAA) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to deepen their cooperation. The MoU was signed by Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s DG and CEO and AFRAA’s SG, Abderahmane Berthé at the 74th IATA AGM held in Sydney.
Under the MoU, IATA and AFRAA will exchange information, expertise and work jointly to:
- Enhance safety by assisting airlines to implement the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA), IATA Safety Audit for Ground Operations (ISAGO) and IATA Ground Handling Manual (IGOM).
- Promote regional air connectivity by working jointly with governments to support the implementation of the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM).
- Encourage data exchange among aviation stakeholders to improve the passenger experience.
- Enhance security through capacity building.
- Liberate airline funds blocked by governments from repatriation by advising governments on best practices to clear backlogs.
- Achieve reasonable levels of taxes and charges by helping governments focus on the social and economic benefits of aviation.
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 organizations 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.
Abderahmane Berthé, AFRAA’s Secretary General
Article source: iata.org/pressroom/pr/Pages/2018-06-03-01.aspx