Rwanda has been awarded a major prize by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
The prestigious award is in recognition of Rwanda’s greatest efforts in resolving aviation safety oversight deficiencies and for continued commitment for ICAO standards and practices.
Ambassador Claver Gatete received the award on behalf of President Paul Kagame.
ICAO is a specialised agency of the United Nations. It codifies the principles and techniques of international air navigation and fosters the planning and development of international air transport to ensure safe and orderly growth.
The award was handed during the official opening of a 4-day Joint ICAO / Rwanda Civil Aviation (RCAA) Safety Management Symposium.
The symposium is organized by ICAO and the Rwanda government held under the theme “The Journey to achieving Effective Safety Management.”
After accepting the award, Minsiter Gatete said, “Rwanda will continue sharing experiences and learning from our counterparts to ensure we attain the highest standards in Aviation Safety,” he said.
On the sidelines of the symposium, Rwanda and Ghana have signed a major deal.
Ghana’s Minister of Aviation, announced that Rwanda and Ghana had signed a Bilateral Air Service Agreement. This means that two nations have signed to allow international commercial air transport services between their territories.
Meanwhile, at the begining of this month (May), ICAO and the New Partnership for Africa’s Development Planning and Coordinating Agency (NEPAD) signed an agreement aimed at enhancing the contribution of civil aviation to the social and economic development of the African Continent.
The deal will also promote related aviation infrastructure development and capacity-building in aid of sustainable air transport for Africa and Africans.
“Working cooperatively is, and has always been, fundamental to the aviation sector,” stressed ICAO Council President Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu.
“This new framework with NEPAD will allow us to effectively address the development and modernization of quality aviation infrastructure in Africa, consistent with ICAO’s global and Africa regional planning and commensurate with the exponential traffic growth forecast here.”