Baghdad – The Iraqi Prime Minister, Mohammed Shia Al-Sudani, sponsored on Thursday a ceremony to sign a cooperation agreement with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
Al-Sudani sponsored a cooperation agreement between the Iraqi Civil Aviation Authority (ICAA) and the ICAO to increase the capacities of the Iraqi authority, according to a statement released by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).
The agreement aims to develop the institutional structure of the ICAA and provide expertise and support to boost the growth of Iraq’s civil aviation sector and air transport industry.
The Iraqi government had previously decided to negotiate agreements with the ICAO and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) to expand Iraq’s aviation industry in several domains.
The agreement was signed by the head of the ICAA and the ICAO’s regional director for the Middle East.
The Iraqi Civil Aviation Authority (ICAA) confirmed last July that committing to international standards will help lift the ban imposed by the European Union (EU) on Iraqi Airways, according to the Iraqi News Agency (INA).
The president of the authority, Imad Al-Asadi, met in July with a delegation from the EU at Baghdad International Airport, where both sides discussed work mechanisms and possible coordination to develop the civil aviation sector in Iraq.
The ICAA President indicated at that time the authority’s commitment to international standards and that its continuous communication with EU officials will contribute to lifting the European ban imposed on Iraqi Airways.
According to reports, air traffic in the Middle East is witnessing a more than 40 percent increase compared to 2022.
Source: Iraqi News