Ghana will this year host the Second International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Meeting on the Sustainable Development of Air Transport in Africa from March 28 to March 31 at the Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City in Accra.
The Meeting, which will focus on the Antananarivo Declaration adopted at the maiden edition two years ago in Antananarivo, Madagascar, is under the auspices of the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) and ICAO.
The Antananarivo Declaration saw 34 States of Africa, international organizations and aviation stakeholders resolve to take action for the sustainable development of air transport on the continent, especially in the liberalization of market access and air carrier ownership and control, cooperation throughout the air transport value chain, and consumer protection.
Member States also agreed on how to ensure fair competition, security and facilitation, funding for infrastructure and intermodal integration, and support to the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM), among others.
The Accra Meeting will enable policy-makers, air transport regulators, airports and air navigation service providers, and other aviation stakeholders to review progress towards the implementation of the Antananarivo Declaration and identify the challenges and opportunities emanating from the process.
Participants will also agree on a roadmap for priority actions, building on the decisions of the 39th ICAO Assembly held last year in Montréal, Canada.
Over 300 participants from the continent and beyond are expected to attend the event, which will be officially opened by Mrs. Cecelia Abena Dapaah, the Minister for Aviation.