Angola and Mozambique benefit from ICAO iPack for Public Health Corridors
Angola and Mozambique have become the first countries in the world to benefit from ICAO’s Public Health Corridor Implementation Program, part of the suite of pandemic tools provided by ICAO to national governments.
Comprised of guidance documents, expert support, training and other resources, the “iPack” Public Health Corridor is informed by the latest recommendations issued by the Council’s Aviation Recovery Task Force (CART), as well as guidance developed by ICAO, the World Health Organization (WHO) and other contributors to the ICAO “Manual on Cross-Border Controls and Risk Management Measures” (Doc 10152).
“This iPack enables states to improve their preparedness and responses to public health events, and specifically to take steps to establish defined travel corridors between specific destinations that have implemented all health and safety measures. safety,” said Juan Carlos Salazar, Secretary General of ICAO.
“It also assists countries’ efforts to determine a multi-level pandemic risk management strategy in line with current goals of mutual recognition and global harmonization, and to continuously keep their planning, approaches and results up to date. matter of PHC.”
ICAO iPacks focus on a number of priority areas for response and recovery, and help national authorities build local capacity and access the latest best practices identified by ICAO and partners working with it, through the Collaborative Arrangement for Prevention and Management. Public Health Events in Civil Aviation (CAPSCA).
Deployed by its Technical Cooperation Office, in coordination with other ICAO offices and regional offices, the iPacks have been supported by several donor States and organizations, such as the United States in this particular case.
The Implementation Packages have served as key global pandemic resources during countries’ air transport recovery efforts, in areas such as security risk management, passenger and cargo facilitation, security airlines and the reopening of airports.
“Since the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic, Civil Aviation has become one of the most affected sectors in the world due to the restriction of international air travel adopted by States and the establishment of transport corridors. public health is indeed a powerful recovery tool,” remarked Gaspar Santos, Coordinator of the Transition Council of the National Civil Aviation Authority of Angola,
“The Public Health Corridor between Mozambique and Angola, by supporting the competent authorities of our countries in sharing information and implementing mutually agreed public health measures, will facilitate the air transport process and thus contribute to the resumption of air transport”.
“It is with great honor and pleasure that the Civil Aviation Authority of Mozambique received the invitation to be part of ICAO’s pioneering project called Public Health Corridor, together with Angola, a country with which the Mozambique has a long history of political and socio-cultural ties. said João Martins de Abreu, President of the Civil Aviation Authority of Mozambique.
“To be chosen to be at the forefront of the precepts that will help other countries better cope with situations similar to the one the world is experiencing is a source of satisfaction for our country. Once again, we reiterate our commitment to the causes of civil aviation and to safeguarding the protection of professionals in our sector, as well as the population in general.
The PHC iPack, lessons learned and strategies for capacity building and resilience will be discussed during the Virtual CAPSCA Global Symposium to be held from 29 to 31 March 2022, under the theme “Impact of Public Health Events in Aviation – Lessons learned for a resilient future”.
Distributed by APO Group on behalf of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).