The International Air Transport Association (IATA)
and The Arab Civil Aviation Organization (ACAO) have signed a memorandum of
understanding (MoU) to deepen their cooperation to advance the safe, efficient
and sustainable development of air transport in the Middle East North Africa
Under the terms of the MoU, IATA and ACAO will exchange information, expertise and capabilities, and work jointly to enhance six key areas of aviation in MENA:
- Safety and flight operations;
- Regulatory harmonization;
- Infrastructure, capacity building and training;
- Treaties and ICAO standards; and
- Value of aviation and future trends in air transport.
“Aviation and related-tourism already support
some 2.4 million jobs and contribute $130 billion to the MENA region’s GDP.
With passenger demand expected to double by 2037, these benefits could reach
4.3 million jobs and $345 billion, respectively. But aviation’s ability to
deliver this growth is dependent on enhancing already high safety levels,
achieving a harmonized regulatory environment and improvements to
infrastructure and capacity-building. And we must accomplish this while
ensuring environmental sustainability. Strong partnerships with governments
will be key. This MoU will strengthen IATA’s historic and strategic
relationship with ACAO”, said Muhammad Albakri, IATA’s Regional Vice-President
for Africa and Middle East.
“ACAO aims to strengthen cooperation and coordination among Arab countries in the field of civil aviation. The MoU with IATA will strengthen the cooperation between states and the aviation industry, a key partnership for the advancement of civil aviation and the promotion of universal standards. Twenty-one countries across the Arab world will benefit from this important step taken with IATA”, said Abdennebi Manar, Director General of ACAO.
The MoU was signed in Rabat, Morocco by Albakri and Manar, during a meeting between the two organizations.