[Avionics Today 06-26-2015] The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the International Transport Forum (ITF) have established a new agreement to engage in joint research and events as well as exchanges of information and staff.
Building on existing cooperative programs to better forecast air passenger flows and related impacts, both organizations will work together on statistics methodology and data aggregation, data analysis and forecasting, and conduct economic studies on air transport development.
The new ICAO/ITF Memorandum of Collaboration (MOC) was signed by both organizations earlier this week. It identifies topics of joint interest including international air transport liberalization, the security and passage of air travellers, and aviation investments. The agreement covers an initial three-year period, with both organizations being accorded observer status at their meetings.
Other potential areas highlighted for possible joint efforts by ICAO and the ITF include crisis management, sustainable development and climate change mitigation, and the promotion of compatible regulatory approaches among states.