FOCUS of International Civil Aviation Authority, ICAO’s, efforts with the World Customs Organisation, WCO, is shifting from the creation of an effective regulatory framework, and evolving toward the fostering of best practices in operations and the provision of assistance to States, ICAO Council President Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu has said. Aliu, spoke at a ministerial and industry leaders conference on the subject in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Tuesday. In his keynote address at the ICAO- WCO Joint Conference entitled ‘Enhancing Air Cargo Security and Facilitation: The Path to Effective Implementation’ he also highlighted that much progress had been made in conceiving, aligning policies and raising awareness amongst States. According to him “we now have in place new provisions for supply chain security, high risk cargo, transfer cargo, and the selection of appropriate
screening methods, and efforts are continuing to align these rules and guidance with WCO’s related provisions.” “The global economy and the livelihoods of a large percentage of the world’s population depend on the rapid and reliable transport of air cargo. Improving connectivity is a great catalyst for development, and helps to open up new markets, generate commercial expansion, create jobs and raise living standards. ICAO will therefore continue to be in the forefront of air cargo development, protection, and promotion,’’ the council President noted. ICAO Secretary General, Dr. Fang Liu, in a panel presentation, highlighted the role that the body can play in generating the political will amongst States to deploy the necessary structures and resources to contribute to the efficiency of the air cargo industry, including compliance monitoring, through
its outreach initiatives and its auditing system. “We must also set out clear rules and guidance in National Civil Aviation Security Programmes. ICAO can also assist here, through our assistance to regulatory oversight system, as well as training and capacity building activities,” she said. Noting that ICAO can also assist States as they review their physical infrastructure, some of which predates current concerns and IT infrastructure, which is a risk factor given the increasing sophistication of terrorist operations. She also highlighted the value of coordination in realising a truly secure and efficient cargo supply chain. “It can only be achieved through a coordinated global, regional and national approach.” The event is the third to be organised by the two United Nations agencies.

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