In a bid to enhance bilateral relations and strengthen air travel between the two countries, the federal government of Nigeria and Kuwait have signed a Bilateral Air Services Agreement (BASA).
The agreement was signed at the ongoing International Civil Aviation Negotiation (ICAN) Event of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) holding in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Vanguard reports that the BASA will allow airlines from both countries to operate an agreed number of flights between Nigeria and Kuwait. It covers both passenger and cargo flights, further promoting trade and tourism between the two nations. The agreement also assures that both countries will benefit from economic gains, as it opens up opportunities for investment and business collaborations.
The Minister of Aviation and Aerospace, Mr. Festus Keyamo, who signed the BASA on behalf of Nigeria, noted that the agreement would enhance the desired economic ties and cooperation between the two countries.
Keyamo expressed optimism about the agreement’s potential to deepen trade relationships between Nigeria and Kuwait.
He said the move was in tandem with the Renewed Hope Agenda of the current administration under the leadership of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
Furthermore, he underscored the important role that the Aviation Sector is positioned to play towards the successful implementation of the Renewed Hope Agenda which is aimed at bringing out over 50 million Nigerians out of poverty.
He urged the different players in the aviation sector of both countries to latch on to the opportunities being provided with the signing of the BASA to derive maximum benefits from it.
On his part, the Acting Director General of Civil Aviation of the State of Kuwait, Engr. Emad Faleh Al-Jelwi, noted that the signing of the agreement on direct flights between his country and Nigeria signposted a new beginning for both countries.
According to him, the signing of the agreement on direct flights indicates a strong relationship in the areas of trade, commerce, tourism, education and other areas of socio-economic development which would be to the mutual benefits of the two countries.
He expressed confidence that Nigeria being the most populous and prosperous African nation would provide his country the desired inroad to the continent of Africa.
He urged both countries to maximally utilize the opportunities that are bound to come with the signing of the BASA.