At the invitation of the President of the Council and the Secretary General the IAC delegation participate in the International aviation forum in the ICAO headquarters in Montreal on November 23-25, 2015.
Over 800 ministers and senior officials from States, UN and International organisations have gathered at the headquarters of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) participating in series of landmark discussions on sustainable aviation development, tourism growth and other critical air transport concerns at the first-ever ICAO World Aviation forum.
This unique event was aimed to strongly support the Organisation's No Country Left Behind (NCLB) goals and bring states and the donor/development community together to help maximize opportunities for everyone by enhancing global air transport to endure more successful and sustainable local and regional prosperity.
The three-day event featuring series of roundtables was open by ICAO Council President Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu, ICAO Secretary General Dr. Fang Liu and newly-appointed Canadian Transport Minister, Mark Garneau.
"With the air transport sector poised to double in flight and passenger volumes over the next 25 years significant investment commitments will 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" President Aliu highlighted.
ICAO Secretary General added that "in light of its cross-cutting nature and multiple links to other economic sectors of aviation reaches some 3.5 per cent of world GDP equivalent to 2.4 trillion dollars while supporting some 58,1 million jobs. As States all over the world are now working together to realize the social, economic and environmental priorities reflected in the recently adopted UN sustainable Development Goals, ICAO recognizes that the fundamental role of safe and reliable aviation as an engine for social-economy prosperity needed to be re-emphasized so that its benefits contribute to that process"
One of the major theme of the Forum was regional collaboration and resource efficiency. In this regard the IAC representative as a Speaker of a roundtable shred the experience of the IAC foundation - regional organisation that for almost a quarter of a century has successfully embodied ICAO principles in the field of flight safety in the post-Soviet space.
Within the framework of the Forum the IAC delegation held working meeting with delegations from Georgia, Kazakhstan, Moldova, China, African countries, international organisations leaders. Brief meetings were held with ICAO President Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu, ICAO General Secretary Dr. Fang Liu as well. The meeting on expanding cooperation with Luis Fonesca de Almeida, Regional Director of the ICAO European and North Atlantic Office was held.