10 Apr 2016 16:40pm
WINDHOEK, 10 APR (NAMPA) - Ministers responsible for air transport in Africa on Friday adopted the Windhoek Declaration of Aviation Security and Facilitation in Africa at the end of a four-day conference on aviation security and facilitation here.
The conference, organised by the African Civil Aviation Commission (AFCAC) under the auspices of the African Union Commission brought together more than 20 ministers from AUC member states.
It ended Friday.
Speaking to the media when he and top officials from the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and AFCAC paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister (PM) Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila here Friday, Permanent Secretary (PS) in the Ministry of Works and Transport, Willem Goeieman said the declaration requests commitment to aviation security.
He said this is because of increased terrorist threats and other challenges impacting the continental airlines safety and travel.
We had set targets to achieve in line with Agenda 2063 that was already adopted by our heads of state, said Goeieman.
Agreed upon at the AU Golden Jubilee of May 2013, Agenda 2063 encourages AU members to by that year rekindle the passion of Pan-Africanism and a sense of unity and self-reliance in highlighting the triumph of the 20th century, while incorporating the AU goal of integration and peace.
Agenda 2063, Goeieman said, makes note of one common passport for all Africans to be issued by 2018 and the abolishment of visas by all member states.
He said the Windhoek Declaration on Aviation Safety will be submitted to Parliament next week, and is expected to be endorsed by the African Union (AU) Summit of Heads of State and Government to be held in June/July 2016, to facilitate a systematic evaluation of the implementation of the plan.
During the meeting, Kuugongelwa-Amadhila described the declaration as an important document to Namibia, as the country is part of regional trade and welcomes new development in the area of aviation security.
This issue will have prominence in our development plans, she said.
The conference was held under the theme Unbroken African Commitment and Collaboration for a Global Sustainable Aviation Security system and Passenger facilitation.