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IATA 2017 Policy Priorities for Africa and the Middle East

2016 was another challenging but productive year for the Africa and Middle East region. The year was once again defined by collaboration and partnerships, and we would like to use this opportunity to say a big thank you to all the industry stakeholders we worked with in 2016.

Africa and the Middle East currently has 56 IATA member airlines and we look forward to welcoming many more airlines into the IATA family. As an IATA member, along with many other benefits, you have a direct impact on IATA’s activities, as our public policy agenda for Africa and the Middle East is based on industry recommendations and discussions during IATA events and other consultations, e.g. IATA Africa and MENA Aeropolitical Forums (held in partnership with regional associations), IATA Aviation Day Events and numerous other forums.

This agenda forms the foundation of our advocacy activities. Through reducing and/or removing unnecessary burdens on consumers and businesses, and helping to enable the industry to grow safely, securely, profitably and sustainably we hope to unleash the enormous value that the aviation industry can create. A summary of our regional priorities can be found below:-

1. Safety & Security: Safety remains IATA’s number one priority. The safety and well-being of passengers, crews, aircraft and infrastructure are non-negotiable. We will continue our efforts in partnership with all stakeholders to maintain momentum in Safety, through the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA), IATA Safety Audit for Ground Operations (ISAGO) and the IATA Standard Safety Assessment (ISSA) amongst numerous other initiatives. On security, we are working in line with international best practices (e.g. ICAO SARPS) and through different campaigns and initiatives to ensure that security targets in the region are achieved.

2. Smarter Regulations: We continue to advocate for the improvement of the aviation regulatory environment; either in line with international treaties or in accordance with international best practice e.g. Consumer Protection regulations, taxes and charges, ratification of International Treaties including Montreal Protocol 2014 (MP14) and Montreal Convention 1999 (MC99).

3. Connectivity and Mobility: The deadline for the commencement of a Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) remains June, 2017. IATA, the African Union Commission, Regional Economic Community’s, African Airlines Association (AFRAA) and African Civil Aviation Commission (AFCAC) will continue to sensitize States to create awareness among stakeholders on the benefits of air transport  connectivity and the need to fully implement the Yamoussoukro Decision and the establishment of the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM)

4. Environment: We will continue to partner with key industry stakeholders to ensure that ICAO's work on the adoption of SARPs, policies and guidance material on Monitoring Reporting and Verification (MRV), Emissions Units criteria and Registries for the ICAO Carbon Offset and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) takes into account the interests of the airline industry.

5. Infrastructure: The need to modernize Air Traffic Management in the Gulf/Middle East area where regional cooperation is key.

6. Skills Development: Capacity building for the industry has to be developed both at the government and industry level. IATA is working to ensure that there is adequate training available for aviation personnel in the region to support the sustainable growth of aviation.  In 2017 we will also undertake a campaign to promote youth involvement and development in aviation.

These priorities will form the crux of our work in 2017. We would also like to hear more from you, our partners across the region (IATA members and non-members in Africa and the Middle East). What would you like us to do more of and how can we offer you more support in 2017.To this end, we would like to request that you complete the very brief (1 page, 2 minute) survey.

CORSIA Capacity Building Workshops 

It gives IATA great pleasure to invite member airlines to a capacity-building workshop on the ICAO Carbon Offset and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA), organized jointly by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA).

The workshops are planned as follows:

​Location ​Date
​Casablanca (French Language)​February 21 – 22, 2017
​Geneva ​February 28 – March 01, 2017

​March 14 – 15, 2017


CORSIA was adopted by the 39th session of the ICAO Assembly to address any annual increase in total CO2 emissions from international civil aviation above 2020 levels. CORSIA will have implications for all airlines operating international flights, even flights that are exempted from offsetting requirements. The workshop aims to assist airlines prepare for the implementation of CORSIA, by providing guidance on the practical implications of the scheme, including monitoring, reporting and verification, as well as compliance obligations and carbon markets.

The cooperation with IETA, a nonprofit organization representing businesses engaged in carbon markets, will provide airlines with access to thorough expertise and perceptive insight to support their preparation towards the implementation of CORSIA. More information on IETA is available on their website, www.ieta.org.

To confirm your attendance, please send an email to Environmt@iata.org and amemer@iata.org

Highlights from the 2016 IATA/AFRAA/AFCAC/ICAO Africa Aeropolitical Forum

Against the backdrop of the thunderous Victoria Falls and the serene Zambezi River, the IATA/AFRAA/AFCAC/ICAO Africa Aeropolitical Forum was held on the 23 of November, 2016 at the beautiful Elephant Hills Hotel, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. The theme of the event was ‘Africa’s Aviation Journey, Consolidating Present Gains for Future Benefits’. The event was well attended, with diverse stakeholders across the aviation value chain in attendance. The forum’s main aim was to review activities from the preceding year and discuss the Public Policy agenda for 2017.

There was an excellent presentation from renowned economist Dr. Azar Jammine, Chief Economist, Econometrix. His presentation, ‘Challenges Facing the Regional and Global Economy with Reference to the Impact on the Airline Industry,’ was followed up by another presentation, ‘Air Transport in Africa – Current Practices and Future Trends’ by Raphael Kuuchi, IATA Vice President, Africa. During his remarks, Mr. Kuuchi announced the formulation of an Industry Advisory Group, a formal coordination amongst industry stakeholder groups to drive the aviation public policy agenda in Africa for 2017. The stakeholder coalition will be drawn from the aviation value chain and will range from airlines and airports to government agencies and aircraft manufacturers.



Other presentations delivered, included, ‘The Role of Regulations in Promoting and Sustaining Tourism, Trade and National Economic Growth’ and ‘Turning the Tide of Taxation in Africa,’ which was a panel session with Mr. Rishi Thakurdin, Director, Airline Council International (ACI), Africa, and Mr. Aaron Munetsi, General Manager Commercial, South African Airways. The session was moderated by Chaitan Jain, IATA Assistant Director, External Affairs.


The Forum also deliberated on key issues on the African continent during a panel session titled ‘Success Factors for Sustained Aviation Development: Airlines & Government Perspective.’ Moderating the panel discussion was Mrs. Aduke Atiba, Executive Director, Landover Aviation. The forum was comprised of the following persons

1. Mr. Peter Amaleboba – Legal Adviser, AFCAC
2. Dr. Elijah Chingosho – Secretary General, AFRAA
3. Mr. Ngoe Ndoh — Senior Air Transport Consultant, African Union
4. Mr. Ato Girma Wake – Board Chairman, RwandAir
5. Fadimatou Noutchemo Simo – Founder, Young African Aviation Professional Association (YAAPA)

Under the astute guidance of Mrs. Atiba, and with so strong a mix of aviation professionals, the discussions were robust and insightful, and did impact the 2017 public policy agenda.


Thereafter, a status update on the Regional Priorities for 2016 (as confirmed during the IATA/AFRAA/AFCAC/ICAO Workshop and Regulatory Affairs Forum held on the 10 November, 2015 in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo) was presented by Adefunke Adeyemi, IATA Regional Head, Member & External Relations, Africa and the Middle East.


The forum closed with deliberations on the Public Policy Agenda for 2017, including safety and security, advocacy on key issues like intra-Africa connectivity, taxes and charges and continued advocacy on blocked funds. Also, capacity development was discussed vigorously, and the need for capacity building for the industry at both government and industry level, as well as youth involvement to support future aviation growth, were identified.

If you would like a copy of all the presentations delivered to you, please send an email to amemer@iata.org

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