Jamaica launches bid for Council of International Civil Aviation Organization | New

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has launched Jamaica’s candidacy for election to Part III of the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) for the 2022/25 triennium.

The elections will take place during the 41st session of the Assembly in Montreal, Canada, from September 27 to October 7.

Obtaining a seat on the ICAO Council offers the country the opportunity to contribute to decision-making at the highest level of the international aviation industry.

Holness, in a virtual address at the launch held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade building in downtown Kingston on Thursday, said Jamaica has demonstrated the skill and expertise to meet the demands of the role and will play a vital role in advancing the vision and objectives of ICAO.

He noted that the country “continues to take a proactive and supportive approach to the industry while making consistent contributions to various regional and international working groups.”

These, he noted, focus on aviation safety, advances in air navigation, security, law, transportation and environmental issues.

Additionally, he said, the country is sharing its resources and expertise at various “high-level roundtables, working groups, interactive sessions and workshops.”

These include the ICAO Cabin Safety Group and the Latin American Civil Aviation Commission.

He noted that Jamaica is recognized by ICAO as a leader in the civil aviation industry among Small Island Developing States (SIDS), and that the country is well positioned to provide greater support. and strategic roles in the sustainable development and strengthening of the air transport industry.

“Given the unique value proposition and location of Small Island Developing States, the region, led by Jamaica, can play a pivotal role in fueling the global aviation industry to explore and seize opportunities, while minimizing and eliminating threats and resulting challenges, whether universal or isolated,” Holness emphasized.

The ICAO Council is responsible for adopting standards and other ICAO governance responsibilities while the organization’s plenary assembly of 193 national governments is not in session.

It is made up of diplomatic representatives from 36 countries who are elected by each ICAO assembly for a three-year term.

ICAO, which is a specialized agency of the United Nations, was created by governments in 1947 by the Convention on International Civil Aviation (1944) to support their diplomacy in matters of international air transport.

Jamaica has been a member state since 1963 and represented the English-speaking Caribbean on the Council from 1977 to 1986.

– JIS News

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Aubrey L. Morgan