Ghana and its Western African counterpart, Benin, have signed bilateral air services agreement.
The signing ceremony took place on Thursday, November 21, 2019, in Cotonou, the capital of Benin, according to an official communication from the Aviation Ministry.
Deputy Minister of Aviation, Yaw Afful, signed the agreement on behalf of Ghana.
Both nations already had an existing arrangement for air transport.
However, according to Mr. Afful, due to the development in the aviation sector coupled with innovations, there was the need to review their existing arrangement.
The review, he said, was achieved on December 6, 2016 in Bahamas by the negotiation teams of both countries.
“It is my understanding that both parties have gone through the necessary procedures to enable us sign the agreement as we are all witnessing today,” he said at the signing ceremony.
The Deputy Minister was optimistic that the agreement will further enhance air transport services between our two countries.
“I must also emphasize that Ghana continues to have a Liberal Aviation policy which is geared to opening up not only the skies of Ghana but that of the Subregion and the continent as a whole, therefore We expect to see airlines from Benin and vice versa to help improve air connectivity,” He stated.
“We are also ready to support other sister countries in whatever way to ensure that the dream of a vibrant and solid Aviation Industry is developed on the continent,” he added.