WCO attends Ministerial Conference on Aviation Security and Facilitation in Africa

14 April 2016

Windhoek, Namibia, 6-7 April 2016

At the invitation of Mr. Alpheus G! Naruseb, Minister of Works and Transport of Namibia, WCO Deputy Secretary General Sergio Mujica attended the Ministerial Conference on Aviation Security and Facilitation jointly organized by the Government of Namibia and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), in collaboration with the African Union Commission (AUC) through the African Civil Aviation Commission (AFCAC). The Conference was attended by various African Ministers for Transport and representatives of several international organizations, including the WCO.

The Conference was opened by Ms. Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila, Prime Minister of Namibia, who stressed the importance of providing good quality infrastructure, harmonized standards and an adequate level of security to achieve social and economic development.

In his speech, Deputy Secretary General Mujica emphasized that the WCO is fully committed to working with the ICAO both on technical issues and at the political level, to enhance civil aviation security and facilitation, including the full implementation of the AFI SECFAL Plan.

The Conference adopted a Ministerial Declaration and targets on air cargo security and facilitation for Africa.

In the margins of the Conference, Mr. Mujica had a bilateral meeting with Dr. Bernard Aliu, President of ICAO, to review the agenda that the WCO and ICAO are developing together, as well as the various projects under implementation.

During his visit to Windhoek, Mr. Mujica also held working meetings with Mr. Natangue Ithete, Deputy Minister of Finance, and the management team of Namibia Customs, to review the main projects they are working on to further enhance their reform and modernization efforts.



WCO Deputy Secretary General Sergio Mujica and ICAO President Bernard Aliu at a bilateral meeting.