Enhanced Aviation Security Agreement in Africa

A LARGE group of national delegates from across Africa have agreed to work together, and with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), to improve aviation security.  The welcome decision was made at a regional conference in Dakar, Senegal, where the president of the conference, Dr Harold Demuren of Nigeria, praised the development as an important step in enhancing aviation security not only in Africa but around the world.
“Africa’s recognition of the need for action to address the terrorist threat, whatever form it may take, is truly inspiring because it contributes to a global solution to the global problem,” he said.
Representatives from 35 African states agreed on a joint statement calling the International Civil Aviation Organization’s declaration a comprehensive global policy framework for strengthening aviation security through international cooperation.  All 35 states pledged  that they would  implement all of the declaration’s elements, while at the same time taking into account the decisions made in a ‘Roadmap on Aviation Security’ statement that was adopted by all the attending African states in Abuja, Nigeria, in 2010.