Addis Ababa (Xinhua) — The African Union (AU) and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) have vowed to strengthen cooperation on civil aviation in Africa, said an AU statement on Friday.

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chairperson of the AU Commission, and Fang Liu, Secretary General of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), have met here and held talks over strategies to implement a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) signed on Sept.27, 2010 between the AU Commission and ICAO.

During their meeting on Wednesday at the AU Headquarters in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa, Dlamini-Zuma and Liu deliberated on cooperation modalities to strengthen cooperation in the field of civil aviation, according to the statement.

They dwelt upon ways of strengthening cooperation in the field, notably through areas for the improvement such as aviation safety, air navigation capacity and efficiency, aviation security and facilitation, economic development of air transport, environmental protection, capacity building and training of aviation personnel and technical cooperation and technical assistance.

These areas are in line with AU’s roadmap for the implementation of the Yamoussoukro Decision towards the establishment of the single African air transport market under the Africa Agenda 2063, said the statement.

The objectives are also in accordance with the ICAO Strategic Objectives, added the statement.

Priority will be given to the 11 AU member states which declared their commitment to the full implementation of the Yamoussoukro Decision towards the establishment of a single African air transport market with well-established National Identification System.

The two officials also exchanged views on the organization of a dedicated Ministerial meeting on aviation security and facilitation to establish targets similar to aviation safety, and further development of air navigation targets for submission to AU organs for endorsement.

They also discussed other issues including, technical assistance for the establishment of an African passport with ICAO standards; assistance to the African airlines in complying with safety standards; and removal of banned African airlines from the EU black list, according to the statement.

In this regard, the two organizations recognized the need for AU Commission to mobilize international institutions in supporting civil aviation programs, said the statement.

Source: Shanghai Daily
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