The Government of Uganda has been encouraged to prioritize and consider aviation as one of the most important components which will foster the country’s economic and social development.
Dr. Fang Liu, the Secretary General ICAO says Uganda should consider using aviation as one of the main drivers to develop the Country’s economy.
Speaking at the 6th ICAO Africa and Indian Ocean (AFI) Aviation Week on Tuesday at Speke Resort Munyonyo, Liu said that Uganda can successfully progress in the aviation industry if it can put more emphasis in incorporating aviation as a key instrument for social and economic growth.
Liu said she would love to see Uganda put in place coherent and harmonized policies which support civil aviation, adding that Uganda has great potential for the sector.
“There is steady improvement in the safety and security of ICAO standards in aviation including Uganda. Its implementation rate of ICAO standards in the safety and security areas are both above World and regional average.”
Africa’s rate on aviation security and safety is still not satisfactory as indicated by ICAO, a United Nations agency that codifies the principles and techniques of international air navigation.
Despite this, however, Africa has for the past 4 years been regarded as the most improving region in safety and security implementation of ICAO standards.
ICAO, which is also charged with fostering the planning and development of international air transport in ensuring safe and orderly growth, announced that in the coming 15 years, global passenger and cargo traffic will double.
According to ICAO, Africa’s Passenger traffic growth is expected to rise at an annual rate of 4.3% and 3.8% both for passenger and cargo traffic until 2035.