The 41st Session of the ICAO Assembly focuses on "innovation, resilience and reconnecting the world"

Published: Wednesday, 28 September 2022 02:00
The President of the Council of the international organization, SALVATORE SCIACCHITANO, recalled this, on September 27, 2022, during the opening ceremony of this major triennial meeting of international civil aviation in Montreal.
The Minister of Transport, Mr. Jean Ernest Masséna NGALLE BIBEHE, accompanied by the interim Chargé d'Affaires at the Cameroon High Commission in Ottawa, Phillipe FOUDA TSILA, the Director General of the CCAA, Mrs. Paule KOKI, and Mr. ZOA ETUNDI, Cameroon's representative at the ICAO, took part in the opening ceremony.
 In his opening speech, the President of the Council deplored the drastic drop in air traffic observed over the last two years and the numerous difficulties caused by the health crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic.
He then welcomed the many challenges taken up by this sector, as reflected in the full recovery of activities. 
He also invited ICAO to continue to play its role and the various Member States to increase their efforts to limit the level of incidents and further reassure users of the air sector, all of which require the skill and professionalism of all actors in this sector.
In the same vein, the President invited States to make strides in the field of the environment, with a target of "zero CO2 emissions" by 2050 and to move towards a "digitized passenger experience".
 Furthermore, select states received President's Awards for their outstanding aviation safety and security endeavors. 
On the sidelines of the ceremony, other items discussed relate to the approval of the agenda, establishment of committees and commissions, and the election of the President of the 41st Assembly, in the person of Ms. POPPY KHOZA, Director General of Civil Aviation of South Africa. 
Many personalities were in attendance at this opening ceremony.  Mrs. Valérie PLANTE, Mayor of the city of Montreal (ICAO headquarters), Mrs. Sylvie BORCELLA, Deputy Minister of Francophonie and International Relations of the province of Quebec, and Mrs. Mélanie JOLY, Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada were all present.
The rest of the Assembly's agenda includes the work of the Executive, Technical, Economic, Legal and Administrative Committees, the declarations of States, and the elections of the Member States on the Council of the Organisation for 2022-2025 triennial.