The International Partners for Aviation Development, Innovation and Sustainability (iPADIS) and the Latin American Civil Aviation Commission (LACAC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that establishes a framework for mutual cooperation on the future sustainable development of civil aviation in Latin America.
Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu, founding President of iPADIS, disclosed this in a press statement made available to newsmen.
According to Aliu, “This timely agreement reflects our shared objective of ensuring the continued contribution of air transport to economic growth and social progress throughout Latin America, especially as the air transport industry recovers from the disastrous impact of the COVID 19 pandemic.
“Of paramount importance for iPADIS is that aviation-related policies and programmes at the international, regional and national levels incorporate the views and interests of all users and meet the needs and expectations of civil society.”
Speaking on the development, Mr. Armando Daniel, President of LACAC, said “The global crisis we all face reminds us most emphatically that, without cooperation, it will be impossible to recover from the pandemic and ensure the continued economic and social development of our respective countries. In that context, LACAC is focused on all efforts aimed at a revitalized and future-oriented civil aviation sector.”
The iPADIS-LACAC agreement is expected to focus on seven specific air transport areas: development of international civil aviation in the Latin American region and globally in an innovative, sustainable, and socially responsible manner; environmental sustainability of the aviation industry; and progressive aviation technologies, including drones; urban air mobility; electric, hydrogen and solar-powered aircraft; e-passports, e-commerce, biometrics, and other digitization processes; cybersecurity; block-chain; and artificial intelligence.
Other areas include youth development and gender equality in international civil aviation; accessibility to persons with disabilities, humanitarian assistance, and prevention of sexual harassment, unruly behaviors, human trafficking, transport of illicit substances and endangered species; robust protection for the rights of consumers, victims of accidents, and the general public; and overall advocacy efforts to promote aviation as an indisputable enabler of sustainable development and the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).