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Angola confident in the result of the International Civil Aviation Organization audit

The Transport minister said this Monday he was confident in the results of the audit to which Angola will be submitted this year by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).


Ricardo de Abreu was speaking at the opening of the 14th Consultative Council of the Ministry of Transport, which runs until Tuesday in Namibe province, under the theme "Five Years of Reforms, Towards Sustainable Development".

The official highlighted that, among the transport sector reforms, particular attention was given to the national civil aviation sector, as a priority for the Government's action in favor of the diversification of the economy.

According to the minister, the audit will serve as a barometer of what has been done in the transport sector "and as a proof of concept of the implemented reforms".

"And [comes] to clarify the positioning of Angola, as an African country at the highest level of compliance with the rules of the International Civil Aviation Organization. We believe that we will obtain this approval and that we will be successful in this scrutiny", said Ricardo de Abreu.

The holder of the Transport portfolio considered the recent experimental flight at Dr. António Agostinho Neto "one of the most significant achievements" of his governance.

Angola is in the process of completing the works on its new international airport, in the province of Luanda, having last month carried out the first experimental flight that signals the beginning of the infrastructure certification process, which will last until the end of 2023, period where it initiates "unrestricted" operations.

Regarding the reforms carried out, the minister stressed that their main objectives were to increase productivity, competitiveness and the generation of jobs in the sector, improve the efficiency and regulation of the transport subsectors, align with internationally recognized practices and models, ensuring greater involvement of the domestic and foreign private sector.

"From the institutional point of view, the motivation for the reforms was to set up new bodies, with the aim of adapting the sector quickly, and with greater quality, to the demands of an increasingly changing market, marked by globalization, and in the face of the challenge of understanding the best strategies to achieve sustainable competitive advantages, at regional and continental level", he said.

However, there are still challenges, mentioned Ricardo de Abreu, the adequacy and modernization of infrastructures for productive development, the increase in the level of competition and integration of regional and global chains, the reduction of the shortage of qualified human capital and the reinforcement of policies of promoting a favorable business environment, attracting investments, business functionality and taxation, as well as accelerating the sectoral and global race of qualified professionals to boost competitiveness.

Ricardo de Abreu emphasized that the restructuring plan is already at a very advanced stage, stressing that the current institutional framework is different from the one he found in 2018 when he took over the portfolio.

"New regulatory and supervisory bodies, a legal framework substantially changed in several subsectors, having managed to attract, in fact, a set of private investors for the sector's projects and for their dynamism", highlighted this among other advances.

During two days, the situation of structuring projects will be addressed, namely the Barra do Dande project, the Dr. António Agostinho Neto and the airport city of Icolo-Bengo, the project for the integrated development of the bay of Moçâmedes.

Also under analysis will be the digital transition projects in the sector, namely ticketing in land transport, single port window II multiport, the program to modernize Angola's air navigation systems, single logistics window, and training centers and academies.


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