Mauritius: Launch of Vanilla Alliance of airlines set for 18 June in Madagascar

Ebène, Mauritius (PANA) - A cooperation agreement of at least four airlines in the Indian Ocean region will be signed 18 June 2015 in Madagascar, the Indian Ocean Commission's (IOC) Secretary-General, Jean-Claude de L'Estrac, announced Friday.

Objectives of the Vanilla Alliance are to defend the common interests of the airlines and to improve airline services between the islands, besides tracking competitiveness of their tariffs and helping raise the level of sales.

Parties to the deal are Air Mauritius, Air Austral, Air Madagascar, Air Seychelles and the Transport Ministry of Comoros Island —  which officially form the Vanilla Alliance of air companies of the Indian Ocean.

"This agreement is an outcome of the sensitization and mobilization by the IOC since the regional conference on air transport that was held in May 2013 in Port Louis," de L'Estrac said.

He recalled that during the conference, attended by operators from the region and representatives of the World Bank, the International Civil Aviation Organization and the World Tourism Organization (WTO), the IOC had demonstrated the need for a joint approach and had suggested several options for air transportation, including a federation, a strategic alliance or creation of a regional company.

The IOC Secretary-General also spoke about the Regional Indicative Programme that is funded by the European Union to the tune of 150 million euros for the next five years.

"This programme takes into account the priorities of the region, mainly those on connectivity. On the digital front,  the IOC plans to submit an infrastructure programme that will improve  connectivity among member countries to the services of high speed bandwidth.

"This programme will deal also with good digital governance, cyber-security, competition and the setting up of a regional television network," de L'Estrac explained.

On the maritime front, the programme entails the setting up of a corridor in the grand region of Africa and the Indian Ocean to facilitate trade and to avoid the progressive marginalisation of ocean island countries on the world map of maritime transportation.
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12 june 2015 16:59:05

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