The United States (U.S.) assured Africa on Tuesday that it would help the continent to develop her air transport market and continue to engage the continent for a secure aviation environment.
The American Assistant Secretary for Aviation and International Affairs in the Department of Transportation, DOT, Susan Kurland, revealed this at the end of the three-day 17th Aviation and Allied Leadership Conference convened by the Publisher of Aviation and Allied Journal, Captain Edward Boyo, in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
She said, “The U.S. has made air transport cardinal point of our growth. President Obama has made it clear that Africa is a priority. Improved air transport will facilitate speedy integration, bring great opportunity to the people of Africa and we should continue the unwavering support effort on safety.”
The U.S. has stepped up surveillance and assisted Africa financially in the area of aviation safety and security to reduce the incidence of terrorism or air accidents.
The country has donated equipments to African nations to enhance their safety and security oversight to counter new threats in air transport.
Kurland noted that safe skies are a prerequisite for increased trade and investment, and long-term economic development in Africa.
She urged Africa to make her voice to be heard through the implementation of the Yamoussoukro Decision.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Organization, NCAA, has emerged as one of Africa’s most vibrant regulatory agencies with impressive achievements in safety, security and economic regulations.
The honor was bestowed on Nigeria in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania by African aviation leaders, governments of African nations and others at the just concluded 17th Aviation and Allied Leadership Conference.
The award was presented to the Director-General of the NCAA, Dr. Harold Demuren, by the Ghanaian Deputy Minister of Transport, Mrs. Dzifa Attivor.
She stated that the Nigerian aviation regulatory body was instrumental to Nigeria’s attainment of the United States Federal Aviation Administration, FAA, Category One certification in 2010.
Africa, a continent revitalized by change, is striving to become a full partner in the emerging global economy. Safe, secure and dependable air transportation is vital to the economic development and well-being of the countries of Africa. Developing a safe and secure aviation infrastructure is essential if African States want to develop strong economic and trade relationships with the United States, other nations and regions of the world.
To help Africa tap more of that potential, the United States created the Safe Skies for Africa Program, SSFA, to promote sustainable improvements in aviation safety and security in Africa, and to create the environment necessary to foster the growth of aviation services between Africa and the United States. The United States wants to engage the countries of Africa as valued economic and aviation partners in a safe, secure, and liberalized environment. The Program recognizes that safe skies are a prerequisite for increased trade and investment, and long-term economic development in Africa.