The cooperation among States from the South American Region is underscored

ICAO highest authority, Dr. Benard Aliu, praised the results of the Accident Investigation Regional Cooperation Mechanism (ARCM) made up of the South American countries. It was during his speech before the XXII Assembly of Latin American Civil Aviation Commission that took place in Ibagué, Colombia.

Argentina is in charge of the Presidency Pro-Témpore of the ARCM executive committee until 2018. The Council President of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu, was the main speaker in the second session of the XXII Ordinary Assembly of Latin American Civil Aviation Commission (LACAC) before a large audience consisting of directors of organizations and aviation authorities from all the Latin American States.

In his speech, the official considered investment and infrastructure as the key factors that can guarantee the sustainable development of civil aviation, in line with the rest of the world. "The strong traffic growth forecast for Latin America clearly underscores the pressing need for infrastructure development and modernization, and to ensure that aviation development remains a priority in national development plans," highlighted Aliu.

Moreover, he stressed the need for the Latin American States to adopt pragmatic measures to build "transparent, stable and predictable investment climates" in order to support aviation development.

In this framework, Aliu praised the establishment of the ARCM (in July 2015 during the 2° AIG/SAM Meeting) as well as the concrete accomplishments in the area of Effective Implementation (EI) of ICAO Audit Programme. At the same time, he expressed his desire for this programme to continue driving benefits and cooperation among the 13 Latin American States.

All the data about the implementation of the ARCM in the region, as well as the progress made in its conformation as an organization supporting aircraft accident and incident investigation and the improvement of safety, were presented by means of Working Paper N° 102 during the last ICAO Triennial Assembly in Montreal, Canada. The president of the ARCM executive committee and president of JIAAC, Pamela Suárez, was in charge of the presentation.