[Avionics Today 03-30-2015] The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and Madagascar’s Civil Aviation Authority, alongside other transportation organizations, adopted a new Declaration on the Sustainable Development of Air Transport in Africa, following a meeting in Madagascar last week.
“Enhanced air transport connectivity and competitiveness is especially crucial for the sustainable economic development of Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs) and Small Island Developing States (SIDS), a situation particularly prevalent in Africa,” said ICAO Council President Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu. “It is also very relevant to the situation of Madagascar and its neighbors of the Indian Ocean. I would stress in this regard that ICAO fully supports the holistic concept of Vanilla Islands — a cooperative approach to highlight the tourism potential of this region, which is well-aligned with ICAO’s connectivity and sustainable development goals.”
Participants have further agreed to meet on the topic at two-year intervals in order to assess implementation progress and review new actions being proposed.