The first World Aviation Forum has ended in Montreal, Canada with a renewed commitment among aviation regulators to enhance the management of the industry.
Held at the headquarters of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), the forum, dubbed ‘’No Country left behind,” sought to consolidate the network of aviation regulatory agencies and policy makers towards achieving a sustainable aviation development.
The forum, which brought together over 800 ministers and senior officials from member countries, UN and international organisations, involved a series of landmark discussions on aviation security, tourism growth, environmental protection and other critical air transport concerns.
Ghana’s delegation, led by Minister of Transport, Mrs. Dzifa Aku Attivor, which has arrived home from the three-day event, played key roles in a number of the roundtable discussion that aimed at enhancing national and regional aviation industries.
Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu, ICAO Council President, who opened the forum, noted that with the air transport sector poised to double in flight and passenger volumes over the next 15 years, significant investment commitments would be required towards new airport and air navigation infrastructure and other air transport capacities.
“It was critical for ICAO to bring together these players now in order to anticipate these challenges in greater detail, and to raise awareness on the critical importance of aviation and global connectivity to the future prosperity of societies and economies all over the world,” he stated .
ICAO has already begun highlighting a number of these issues under the “No Country Left Behind” campaign it launched in 2014.
Among its objectives for the campaign, UN’s specialised agency for civil aviation seeks to pursue continued safety and efficiency of global aviation, critical to a wide range of citizens and economic sectors, and that, according to ICAO President, required coordinated assistance for countries in need, and determined commitment from governments, industry and the development community.
The Minister of Transport of Ghana who chaired one of the panel discussions on the implementation of Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPS) and economic development, highlighted the need for improved engagement between the States and ICAO in the SARPS implementation.
Mrs. Attivor also held side meetings with Dr Aliu and the Secretary General of ICAO, Dr. Fang Liu, during which she discussed Ghana’s aviation growth as well as the industry contribution to the Ghana’s economy.
She subsequently used the opportunity to invite both the ICAO President and General Secretary to the first ever Africa Air Expo to be held in Ghana in October, 2016.
The Ghanaian delegation included Messrs AVM Christian Dovlo, Board Chairman of GCAA, Simon Allotey, Director-General, GCAA, Twumasi Ankra-Selby, Chief Director of the Ministry of Transport.
By Times Reporter