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Director General of the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA) Lt. Col. Oscar Derby has said that his organisation is aimed to position the aviation industry as a greater contributor to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
Addressing a JIS Think Tank on Friday (June 18), Lt. Derby noted that this was in keeping with the aspects of the Vision 2030 Jamaica National Development Plan, that aim to realise substantial growth in air transport, and position Jamaica as a regional hub for cargo and in-transit passengers.
“Even if your state does not have an airline of its own or an industry of its own, if you have more air transport coming into your air space, it is bringing tourists and business. A greater number of tourists will benefit our hotels, taxi operators, airport workers. It generates employment and, therefore, wealth for the economy,” he explained.
Lt. Derby was speaking ahead of the third annual International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Conference for Air Service Negotiations (ICAN), which will be held from June 27 to July 2 in Montego Bay, St. James.
The ICAO is the United Nations agency with responsibility for international civil aviation. To facilitate the ease and convenience of member states negotiating air service agreements, the Agency devised the ICAN Conference, so that delegates could meet annually, at one venue to negotiate agreements.
Over 150 delegates from 42 countries are expected to participate in the third staging of the conference, titled, JAMAICA 2010, which takes place at the Ritz Carlton Resort. During the six-day meeting the JCAA expects to negotiate agreements with countries from Africa, Europe, Asia, North and South America.