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Montreal: Qatar is looking forward to becoming an ICAO Council member out of its firm belief that it can contribute significantly to finding solutions to the challenges that the aviation industry is facing nowadays and in the coming years to better serve the global aviation community, the Minister of Transport, H E Jassim Saif Ahmed Al-Sulaiti, has said.
While addressing the first session of the 41st Session of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Assembly, which is being held from September 27 to October 7 at the ICAO Headquarters in Montreal, Canada, the minister highlighted Qatar's major and well-considered steps towards achieving remarkable progress in the civil aviation industry.
'Qatar has created and modernised a world-class infrastructure that can help achieve sustainable development and fulfill universal environmental standards, in step with the QNV2030 goals, in addition to protecting lives and property, and providing safe air routes,' Al Sulaiti said.
Qatar had applied for ICAO Council membership in Category C for a three-year term. Elections are to be held at the meetings of this 41st Assembly Session to elect only 36 countries to form a fresh ICAO Council.
The 193 member-states of ICAO, in addition to several international organisations, are participating in the assembly.
The minister reiterated the national carrier's and Qatari civil aviation sector's milestones globally and humanitarianly during the coronavirus pandemic. He also highlighted Qatar's endeavors to provide the civil aviation workforce in several countries with training and skills to increase their capacity to honour the ICAO's standards and recommended practices, which aim at enhancing civil aviation safety in those countries.
Additionally, he highlighted Qatar's contributions towards supporting some of ICAO's programs.
The transport minister reaffirmed Qatar's lasting commitment to embodying ICAO's principles as the organisation that aims for the safe, environmentally sound, and sustainable development of global civil aviation, in addition to continuing and further boosting its partnership with the ICAO and Member States.
Qatar's Ambassador to Canada, H E Dr. Khalid bin Rashid Al Mansouri, Director of International Organisations at MOFA, H E Ali bin Khalfan Al Mansouri, Mohamed Faleh Alhajri, who is in charge of managing the Qatar Civil Aviation Authority (QCAA), and the Permanent Representative of the State of Qatar to ICAO, Mr. Eissa Abdullah Al Malki, attended the session.
Qatar joined the ICAO on September 5, 1971 and has ever since contributed to supporting ICAO achieve its strategic objectives as well as several efforts to enhance the future of aviation industry.
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