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Transportation Specialist at the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat, John Lewis, says a concerted effort is now being made to revise a multi-lateral air service agreement within CARICOM, which was signed prior to the signing of the revised Treaty of Chaguaramas in Trinidad and Tobago, in 2001.
He explained that the objective is to bring the agreement in conformity with the revised Treaty, adding that the air service agreement was signed by most, but not all the member states of CARICOM.
Mr. Lewis was making a presentation at a panel discussion at the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) conference, on June 28, at the Ritz Carlton Hotel, in Montego Bay, St. James.
The panel discussion addressed the topic: ‘Regional Approach in air Transport Liberalisation’, during which presenters from Brazil, South Africa, Bahrain and Spain shared their experiences within their respective regions.
“The revised Treaty takes the (CARICOM) community to a higher standard in terms of establishing a single market for services, and it is in fact within the transport sector that the liberalisation is not quite completed, and there is a process now of trying to revise the multi-lateral air service agreement, so that it can be in conformity with the revised Treaty,” Mr. Lewis argued.
Representatives from some 43 member states of the ICAO are in attendance at the conference.