The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and The African Airline Association (AFRAA) have committed to a memorandum of understanding (MoU) aimed at advancing the state of aviation in the African market.
As per the agreement, IATA and AFRAA are expected to exchange key data, expertise, and work jointly on a variety of initiatives aided at improving aviation in Africa. This includes promoting regional air connectivity through collaboration with governments to implement Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM), as well as encouraging data exchange among aviation stakeholders and enhancing security through capacity building.
The MoU will also see improved efforts towards enhancing safety with IATA assisting airlines to implement the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA), IATA Safety Audit for Ground Operations (ISAGO) and IATA Ground Handling Manual (IGOM).
Currently, Africa’s air transport industry supports 6.8 million jobs and generates a reported $72.5bn in economic activity within the region.
Commenting on the MoU, Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO and AFRAA’s Secretary General, shared: “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.”
He added: “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.”
Abderahmane Berthé, AFRAA’s Secretary General, said: “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.”