By Business Reporter
THE International Air Transport Association (Iata) and the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (Fiata) announced that an agreement has been signed by Tony Tyler, Iata’s director general and CEO and Huxiang Zhao, president of Fata, to implement the Iata-Fiata Air Cargo Programme (IFACP) to replace the existing Iata Cargo Agency Programme.
Over the decades that the Iata Cargo Agency Programme has operated, Iata cargo agents (freight forwarders) have evolved from being selling-agents for airlines to being their purchasing-customers. In consideration of this evolution, in 2012 Iata and Fiata joined forces to review, refine and re-engineer the existing Agency Programme.
The new programme moves decision-making on the rules governing the airline-forwarder relationship away from an airline-led conference to a governance body – the Iata-Fiata Governance Board (IFGB) – jointly managed by forwarders and airlines, which reflects current market conditions.
Recently, Iata and the African Union Commission (AU) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to expand strategic cooperation to further the continent’s economic and social development for the benefit of safe, efficient and sustainable air transport in Africa.
The MoU was signed by Tyler and AU’s Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy, Dr Elham Mahmoud Ahmed Ibrahim.
The MoU paves the way for further development in African aviation. The industry already supports 6.8 million jobs and generates US$72.5 billion of economic activity on the continent.
The MoU focuses on the exchange of information, expertise and capabilities in a number of areas including enhancing security through intelligence-driven, risk-based measures; enhancing safety; reducing accident rates in line with global levels of performance; promoting connectivity; facilitating collaborative decision-making in air traffic management; and improving the passenger experience through the deployment of IATA’s Fast Travel Programme.
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