The Minister of State (Tansport), Hon. Aggrey Bagiire, has re-assured the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) General Assembly of the commitment by Government of Uganda to ensure safety and security in the aviation sector.
While addressing the 40th Session of the ICAO General Assembly in Montreal, Canada on Saturday, September 28, 2019, the Minister specifically highlighted the recent revival of Uganda Airlines, liberalization of the air transport industry, and expansion and modernization of Entebbe International Airport as some of the country’s major initiatives in the aviation sector.
While promoting tourism, he invited the Assembly delegates to Uganda to enjoy the beautiful scenery and gorillas. “If any of you is planning a family vacation in perfect harmony with nature, the pearl of Africa is the best choice,” he stated.
The ICAO Assembly runs from September 24 – October 4, 2019. Earlier on, Uganda received the ICAO Council President’s Certificate in Aviation Security on September 24, 2019 in recognition of efforts in resolving aviation security deficiencies. This followed an outstanding performance in the Universal Security Audit Programme – Continuous Monitoring Approach (USAP – CMA) conducted by ICAO in 2017.
Uganda’s recognition was for an excellent score of 81.8% in the USAP – CMA Audit, which was well above the global average of 73% and also well above the African and Indian Ocean (AFI) States average of 58%.