IATA and The African Airline Association (AFRAA) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to further enhance future cooperation.
Under the MoU, IATA and AFRAA will exchange information, expertise, and capabilities and work jointly to enhance safety, promote regional air connectivity, encourage data exchange and improve security.
Also covered by the MoU is the intended liberation of airline funds by advising governments on best practices to clear backlogs. Governments will also be helped to achieve reasonable levels of taxes and charges through a focus on the social and economic benefits of aviation.
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
“Achieving Africa’s potential will not happen by chance,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO. “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.”
The MoU paves the way for further development in African aviation. Air transport already supports 6.8 million jobs and generates $72.5 billion of economic activity on the continent.
“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,” said Abderahmane Berthé, AFRAA’s Secretary General.