Feb 06, 2016: International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Council president Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu conducted many high-level meetings and consultations while on a visit to Ethiopia recently. A key goal of the president’s visit was to continue to generate political will in support of African States’ fundamental capacities for aviation safety and security oversight, air transport infrastructure modernisation, training and skilled human resources development, and improved liberalisation and open skies through greater multilateralism.
President Aliu was in Addis Ababa for the 28th Ordinary Session of the African Union (AU) Executive Council, and the 26th Ordinary Session of the AU Assembly. President Aliu took the opportunity of the high-level AU Addis Ababa events to hold a number of bilateral meetings in support of these and other goals with Heads of State, UN secretary general Ban Kimoon, and a number of other senior government, UN and international and regional officials.
Throughout these many discussions, president consistently emphasised the need to strengthen regional and sub-regional cooperation in Africa, in order to achieve the objectives of ICAO’s “No Country Left Behind” initiative and better enable African States to be able to access and prosper from the benefits of safe and rapid global air transport connectivity. There was also general agreement in many instances on the need for intensified cooperation between ICAO and the many agencies now focused on optimising African development cooperation and coordination.
President Aliu also met the minister of Transport of the Federal Republic of Ethiopia, Workneh Gebeyehu, senior management of the Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority, Ethiopian Airlines and the Ethiopian Airport Enterprise, and was pleased to be provided a visit to Ethiopian airport, maintenance and training facilities.
“ICAO is grateful to Ethiopia for hosting this visit, and for the determined cooperation it and other African states offer towards finding multilateral solutions to civil aviation challenges. Like all ICAO Member States, African countries will face significant but surmountable challenges as the air transport sector doubles its passenger and flight volumes over the next 15 years. They will, however, be able to count on our cooperation to foster conditions that enable the necessary infrastructure modernisation and skilled personal development to take place, consistent with our ‘No Country Left Behind’ priorities,” Dr. Aliu commented.