Abuja, Nov. 20, 2017 (TNE) Tuvalu has become the 192nd Member-State of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), following its official adherence to the Convention on International Civil Aviation (Chicago Convention).
ICAO made the announcement on Monday in a statement signed by its President, Dr Bernard Aliu, which was posted on its website.
Aliu said ICAO was informed of the development by the Government of the United States of America, which serves as the depositary of the Chicago Convention.
He said Tuvalu deposited its notification of adherence to the Convention on Oct. 19, and its ICAO Member-State status became effective 30 days after on Nov. 18.
According to him, ICAO Member-States have been advised separately of the development via a State Letter issued earlier by the UN civil aviation specialised agency.
“Membership in ICAO, and compliance with the 12,000-plus global Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) for civil aviation which governments have adopted here, is key today for many States seeking to unlock the sustainable socio-economic development benefits which global route access delivers.
“Aviation is pivotal to the realisation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted under the UN’s Agenda 2030, and particularly crucial to the sustainable economic prosperity and resilience of Small Island Developing States (SIDS),’’ he said.
The ICAO council president noted that more than half of the world’s billion-plus tourists travel by air to their destinations today.
He said by 2034, the positive socio-economic employment and GDP impacts of international tourism was forecast to grow by 66 per cent and 104 per cent respectively.
Aliu added that significant growth in air services and tourism represents a particularly important opportunity for island States like Tuvalu.
The statement also quoted the Secretary-General of ICAO, Dr Fang Liu, as saying “Tuvalu as an ICAO member state would now benefit from ICAO’s global guidance and support in regard to the development of its aviation policies, capacity-building, and infrastructure development planning.
“This includes participation in aviation development opportunities such as the ICAO Air Services Negotiation Events, and ICAO World Aviation Forums.
“It will also benefit from new international partnerships ICAO will help it to establish, the strategic guidance available under our global aviation safety, air navigation, and security plans as well as inclusion in our critical aviation safety and security auditing programmes,’’ she added.