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ICAO: expectations driving progress in Latin American aviation

Declarations by its Council President and Secretary General

ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) outlined a range of priorities and expectations for Latin American States this week when its Council President and Secretary General delivered their remarks to the 23rd Ordinary Assembly of the Latin American Civil Aviation Commission (LACAC).

ICAO Council President Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu underscored to his audience that the event’s main panel discussion theme of “Air Transport Competitiveness in Latin America” highlighted the critical relationship between the concerted actions taken by governments to invest in and improve the levels of their compliance with ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs). When referencing Small Island Developing States, the ICAO Council President enthusiastically drew reference to Cuba’s recent air transport commitments and leadership. President also congratulated the entire Latin American air transport region in terms of how it had exemplified the importance of increased regional cooperation through suitably resourced and empowered Regional Safety Oversight Organizations. Latin American States enjoyed a 7% increase in passenger traffic during 2017, with close to 3 million flights being managed, and President highlighted to the assembled dignitaries that “this growth needs to be managed safely, efficiently and securely". He drew reference in this context to the value of the ICAO Global Plans for Aviation Safety (GASP), Air Navigation (GANP) and more recently Aviation Security (GASeP), stressing that they provide the aligned objectives and strategies to assist ICAO’s Member States in responding to challenges of growth. Drawing further reference to the Declaration produced in Fortaleza earlier this year, during ICAO’s 4th World Aviation Forum, President noted that it provides “a very helpful set of priorities under which to pursue improved air transport conditions and competitiveness in Latin America".

In her closing remarks to the 23rd LACAC Assembly, ICAO Secretary General Fang Liu appreciated that the culmination of the event opened a door toward an even brighter and more collaborative civil aviation future in Latin America. She also encouraged the new Secretary and President of LACAC to work with ICAO’s Regional Offices in Mexico City and Lima as closely as possible. 

Both ICAO senior officials stressed the importance of innovation in air transport today, noting that technological progress no longer takes years or even decades and that aviation leaders must assure they stay on the leading edge of such progress.

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