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  • Minister of Transport, Works and Housing, Dr. the Hon. Omar Davies, says increasing the efficiency and capacity of the air transport sector is an important element of the Government’s growth strategy.
  • The, move, he said, is in recognition of the impact of air transportation on all sectors.
  • Dr. Davies was addressing the opening of the International Civil Aviation Authority’s (ICAO) three-day Regional Air Transportation Conference on Tuesday, October 7.

Minister of Transport, Works and Housing, Dr. the Hon. Omar Davies, says increasing the efficiency and capacity of the air transport sector is an important element of the Government’s growth strategy.

The, move, he said, is in recognition of the impact of air transportation on all sectors, among them tourism, agriculture, health, education and high-tech industries, many of which are critical to the advancement of developing and emerging states.

Dr. Davies was addressing the opening of the International Civil Aviation Authority’s (ICAO) three-day Regional Air Transportation Conference on Tuesday, October 7, at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in Rose Hall, St. James.

The Minister, who declared the event open, highlighted the fact that the nations of the world “share a global sky”, hence the need for all countries and regions to work together to ensure an efficient, safe and sustainable air transportation future”.

He contended that the pace at which the global economy will progress “rests substantially on the shoulders of the international air transport industry”.

President of the ICAO Council, Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu, in his presentation, outlined some objectives, which the nations of the world, particularly developing and small island states, must continuously pursue in the interest of economic development and sustainable growth in global aviation.

He also announced that the regional conference is expected to culminate in a Declaration, establishing an agreement between participating states of the region to further key safety, security and efficiency objectives.

The ICAO, which is the global body governing international civil aviation activities, is partnering with the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA) in convening the conference.

Over 200 representatives from regional and international regulatory bodies, civil aviation authorities and the air transport industry, as well as participants from academia, air transport attorneys-at-law, consultants, and international air transport organizations are in attendance.

The three-day conference will feature moderated discussions and presentations on the role of air transport in global and regional economies; the sustainable development of air transport in the North American, Central American and Caribbean (NACC) region; challenges to growth; measures for optimizing the synergies between the air transport and tourism sectors; establishing international agreements to foster a liberalized air transport environment and the impact of taxation on the sector’s development.

 

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