The International Air Transport Association and the Arab Civil Aviation Organization have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to improve cooperation and enhance air transport in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).
Under the terms of the MoU, the organizations will share information and expertise and work together on six key areas of aviation, including safety and flight operations, regulatory harmonization, infrastructure, environment, treaties/ICAO standards, and future trends in air transport.
Meeting in Morocco, the MoU was signed by Muhammad Albakri, IATA’s Regional Vice-President for Africa and Middle East and Abdennebi Manar, Director General of ACAO.
This MoU will strengthen IATA’s historic and strategic relationship with ACAO
Welcoming the agreement, Albakri said the MoU would further improve air transport’s reach and capability in the region.
“Aviation and related-tourism already support some 2.4 million jobs and contribute $130 billion to the MENA region’s GDP,” he said.
“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.”