The President of ICAO, Bernard Aliu said the organisation was committed to its No Country Left Behind Initiative to ensure that all member-states complied with international standard and best practices.
Aliu said that ICAO was also determined to enhance the contribution of aviation to national GDP of member-states as well as creating more jobs through aviation.
He said that the implementation of 1991 Yamousoukrou Decision was critical to developing African aviation as well as creating opportunities for Nigeria to develop a hub in West Africa.
According to him, the target of ICAO in Africa is to double passengers’ traffic and aircraft movement in a safe and secure manner.
Aliu said the hosting of the IWAF3 in Nigeria, the first time outside ICAO headquarters in Canada was to pay critical attention to infrastructure deficit in aviation industry in Nigeria and Africa at large.
He said the discussion from the forum would form the basis for addressing those challenges.
“As many of you are all aware, ICAO’s No Country Left Behind is aimed at ensuring that all members-states are supported to build a more efficient aviation sector.
“Aviation has generated 2.7 trillion dollars to global GDP and in Africa, it has added more than seven million jobs and 73 billion dollars to GDP which is significant.