(CMC) – Guyana says it expects to sign bilateral agreements as well as memoranda of understandings (MOU) with a number of countries during the inaugural International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Air Transport meeting to be held here later this month.
Director of Air Transport Management, Saheed Sulaman said the bilateral agreements and MOUs will be signed with several countries including Aruba, Tanzania, Ghana and possibly Nigeria.
“We have slated on the card the signing of an MOU with Aruba to deal with air services. We are awaiting final confirmation from the Governments of Tanzania and Ghana on their availability to sign an air services agreement with them as well, to facilitate airlines to operate between markets,” Sulaman said.
According to Sulaman, Tanzania and Ghana were selected since government officials from those countries will be in attendance at the conference which begins on November 21.
He said the agreements have already been negotiated and are awaiting ministerial signatures.
The conference here will be held under the theme “Promoting connectivity for sustainable air transport development,” and Sulaman said the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) is on target for the hosting of the conference and the draft agenda is already available for all 192 ICAO countries.
“To date, we have received confirmation from about 25 countries and more are coming on stream daily. From that number, some Caribbean states have not yet have confirmed their participation. We have confirmed registration in excess of 150 delegates so far and that number is growing daily. We have on board all the CARICOM member states along with many countries from Africa,” he added.
The three-day conference will feature key speakers including President David Granger, Commissioner, Infrastructure and Energy, African Union Commission, Dr. Amani Abou-Zeid, ICAO President Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu and the Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CAICOM), Irwin Larocque.
Delegates will discuss a number of topics including maximising economic benefits of aviation in the region, harmonising the air transport regulatory framework and air transport and stimulating investment among several areas.
On the final day of the conference, Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo will open the third Africa Diaspora meeting under the theme ‘Special event promoting air links between African states and diaspora, turning words into action’.
This forum will address the framework of the African Union’s declaration of the global African diaspora summit.