|Second ICAO Meeting on Air Cargo Development in Africa|
Addis Ababa from August 27 to 29 2017
Building on the Air Cargo Development in Africa Initiative, the meeting will address the sustainable development of air cargo in Africa in several key areas including: liberalization of market access and air carrier ownership and control; cooperation throughout the cargo supply chain; security & facilitation; funding for infrastructure and intermodal integration; support to remote or peripheral destinations; taxes and user charges; capacity-building for qualifies personnel; fleet modernization; and adherence to international instruments.
Participants will have an opportunity to learn about the outcome of the 39th Session of the ICAO Assembly. This high-level event will contribute to the cooperative activities between ICAO and other international organizations such as World Customs Organization (WCO) and the International Air Cargo Association (TIACA).
· DSGA Togo: Handover (Air Cargo in Africa Initiative)
· Minister of Transport, Ethiopia
Topics: A briefing will be provided on the outcome of the 39th session of the ICAO Assembly (26 September-7 October 2016, Montréal, Canada), in all key areas and activities pertaining to the economic development of air cargo. What are the operational and regulatory challenges facing the African air cargo industry? How can regulators sustain the development of the industry by opening intra-African market access (esp. granting Fifth and Seventh Freedom traffic rights)? What experiences can be shared from other regions in opening air cargo market access? How can air freight operators increase traffic, in particular taking advantage of the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM)? How to encourage cooperative opportunities, such as code sharing?
Topics: How can States implement ICAO's long-term vision of continuous liberalization for the benefit of all stakeholders? How to generate sufficient demand for air cargo services between African sub-regions? How can all industry players tap into the market potential of Business to Consumer (B2C) e-commerce? How can air cargo benefit from the development of airport cities, Aerotropolis, and Megatropolis?
Session 3 - Facilitating the Movement of Shipments Through the Air Transport System
Topics: What are the main impediments to the smooth movement of goods through airports and the various stages of the shipment's journey? How can regulators enhance efficiency in border-crossing procedures? How to facilitate electronic submission of data on goods and electronic air waybill? What is the status of implementation of Regulated Agent and Known Consignor programs in Africa?
Day 2, 28 June 2017
Session 4 - Airport and Air Navigation Services Economics and Management
Topics: How can States take advantage of the policies and best practices of ICAO in the area of infrastructure funding and financing? How to ensure that operations are not impeded by the unavailability of slots? How can non-economically viable airports be supported without the introduction of market distortions? How can States better engage the private sector for the development of airport and air navigation services infrastructure? How to optimize traffic flows through cargo hub airports in Africa?
Topics: What are the challenges encountered by States in adhering to ICAO's policies on charges and taxation? What tools (e.g. robust metrics) may be used to evaluate and show to decision-makers the impacts of excessive levies on aviation growth? How to build successful business cases, for instance, to alleviate non-physical barriers to air cargo activities? How can ICAO keep facilitating dialogue, exchange of information, and meaningful advocacy through a permanent consultation platform on taxation?
Topics: How can regulators minimize negative impacts of non-physical barriers between African countries? What are the priorities to be addressed to ensure that qualifies personnel can meet the needs of the air cargo sector? What is "smarter regulation" and how can ICAO assist in developing guidelines for State? How to educate States on the benefits of adherence to international instruments (International Air Services Transit Agreement (IASTA), Montréal Convention 1999, Cape Town Convention of 2001)? How can regulators cooperate towards more convergent competition rules and practices?
Topics: How can the Lomé Declaration and Action Plan, and the State Air Transport Action Plan System (SATAPS), assist States in developing their air cargo sectors in a more economically sustainable way? What are the demands and priorities of air cargo in Africa in framing the ICAO Global Air Transport Plan? What are the priority areas to be addressed in the short and medium term to support implementation of the Lomé Declaration?
· Review of Lomé Declaration and Action Plan
· Roadmap for Priority Areas and Next Steps
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