At a bilateral meeting that took
place on 25 March 2017, the President of Malawi, H.E. Professor
Peter Mutharika, and the President of the ICAO Council, Dr.
Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu, concurred on the crucial importance of air
transport to national economic development and the key role that
ICAO compliance must play in States' aviation development
H.E. Professor Mutharika
highlighted Malawi's commitment to meeting its obligations under
the Convention on International Civil Aviation, notably through the
support and resourcing of State oversight systems and certification
of the country's international airports. He also drew attention to
the construction of three new airports as evidence of the country's
drive to promote tourism through expanded air transport
These remarks were welcomed by Dr.
Aliu, who highlighted the need to ensure the provision of adequate
resources for safety and security oversight, as well as investments
in air navigation and airport infrastructure. Dr. Aliu also noted
the important benefits which Malawi could derive by liberalizing
its air transport sector further, notably in terms of increased
traffic and connectivity.
The two leaders concluded their
meeting by stressing the value of future cooperation and assistance
Dr. Aliu was accompanied on his
mission by Mr. Raphael Bokango, Tanzania's Representative on the
ICAO Council and Representative of the South African Development
Community (SADC) States, Ms. Iyabo O. Sosina, the Secretary General
of the African Civil Aviation Commission (AFCAC), and Mr.
Barry Kashambo, the Regional Director of ICAO's Eastern and
Southern African Office (ESAF).