[www.inewsguyana.com] – Minister within the Ministry of Public Infrastructure, Annette Ferguson has signed an Air Services Agreement between Guyana and the Government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on, November 24, 2015 in Montreal, Canada.
A release from the Ministry revealed that the agreement allows for operations by airlines from either State. Minister Ferguson, along with Chitrani Heeralall, Director General (ag), Guyana Civil Aviation Authority is currently attending the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) World Aviation Forum (WAF) 2015 at the ICAO Head Quarters in Montreal.
After the signing, Minister Ferguson alluded to the UAE being the home of two of the world’s best airlines, Etihad and Emirates and hopes that at least one will operate into ‘Destination Guyana’.
The ICAO World Aviation Forum 2015, themed “Aviation Partnership for Sustainable Development” and is a timely event as ICAO, the United Nations Specialised Organisation for civil aviation recently launched its’ No Country Left Behind initiative to better identify and coordinate assistance to States so that all States.
According to the release, the ICAO WAF is a unique opportunity to harness aviation’s vast potential to stimulate economic growth in a manner consistent with the United Nations 2030 agenda for sustainable development.
The ICAO WAF 2015 brings together States and financial/development community to raise the level of assistance in the civil aviation sector.
Many of the developed countries and the donor community have applauded ICAO’s No Country Left behind initiative and have pledged their continued support for collaboration, for rendering technical assistance and for aviation development as a whole.
Guyana will be seeking support from ICAO for technical assistance to improve the level of compliance with ICAO Standards.
Meanwhile, Minister Ferguson was invited by ICAO to moderate the session on investment and aviation development perspectives. She took the opportunity to inform the forum of aviation development in Guyana.
“Guyana like many States here, considers the growth and sustainability of aviation is a catalyst for improved social and economic activities and structures,” Minister Ferguson stated.
Minister Ferguson added, “Guyana joins with the rest of the aviation world to congratulate ICAO on this No Country Left Behind initiative and is heartened to hear from the developed countries, their pledge for continued support and collaboration with ICAO and its member States to ensure that No country is Left Behind”.
She also highlighted that “many States here share similar challenges in financing aviation projects to enable their economic development and I am sure our esteemed panel will share perspectives on Global investment and aviation development and encourage donors to assist in enabling economic development through financing of various aviation projects so that the spirit of the No Country Left Behind initiative of ICAO can be realized for the positive impact on the economic and social development of all States”.
Guyana’s two representatives at this Forum will continue their discussions to seek technical and financial assistance for Guyana’s aviation development.