ICAO President arrives ahead of aviation conference

– promises continued support to safety and security in Guyana’s aviation industry
– commends Govt for improvements in aviation

DPI, Guyana, Tuesday, November, 20, 2018

As Guyana prepares to host the 2018 meeting of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) on air transport, ICAO’s President Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu has arrived prepared to put his full support behind Guyana in the conference.

Speaking to the Department of Public Information (DPI) at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), Dr. Aliu said the has been much anticipated and is being held at the opportune time when aviation is rising.

“Guyana is a very important member of ICAO. We recognised all the efforts the government has been making to develop civil aviation with the understanding that it is the driver of social economic development for integration and connectivity. We believe that this event will not only benefit Guyana but all CARICOM and the Central American states,” he explained.

Dr. Aliu noted that in keeping with ICAO’s no country left behind initiative, the organisation stands ready at all times to support member states that demonstrate the political will to develop their civil aviation sectors.  He added that ICAO will continue to work with Guyana to enhance the level of its aviation security, safety, efficiency and capbvacity. “Just recently you [Guyana] were recognised for the development of your effective implementation of ICAO’s standards and recommended practices. We are happy to be here and support your leadership. We hope you continue to lead in enhancing aviation in the region,” he stated.

Welcoming the President, Director General of the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) Retired Lieutenant Colonel, Egbert Field said hosting the ICAO Aviation meeting is a very momentous occasion for Guyana.

Field told DPI that over the past two days participants from a number of states, including Singapore and African countries have already arrived in Guyana. “It is an occasion we are all looking forward to and a lot of preparations have gone into it. And on the third day of the conference, there is a special meeting of the African Diaspora conference.”

The conference officially opens on November 21 and will run until Nov 23, at the Arthur Chung Conference Centre under the theme, “Promoting connectivity for sustainable air transport development.”

Ranetta La Fleur.
Images: Jules Gibson.

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