ICAO Council President Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu met with the Honourable Gaston Browne, Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, to discuss the critical importance of aviation connectivity and modernized air transport infrastructure for small island States.
Stressing the role of effective compliance with ICAO’s global standards, and the benefits to be derived from meeting the targets currently established in ICAO’s Global Plans for Safety and Air Navigation, President Aliu noted that investments in modernized airports and air navigation systems would help Antigua and Barbuda to optimize the profitability of its tourism sector, while fostering many additional and sustainable socio-economic benefits for local citizens and producers.
“ICAO is committed to support Antigua and Barbuda under our No Country Left Behind initiative, and through that support to enhance its ability to provide effective safety and security oversight and raise the level of Effective Implementation of ICAO standards and policies,” President Aliu noted. “In addition to modernized airport and air navigation infrastructure, these local capacities help to ensure a State achieves maximum aviation benefits.”
President Aliu was also pleased to highlight these points during separate meetings with Sir Robin Yearwood, Antigua and Barbuda Minister for Public Utilities, Civil Aviation and Transport, the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Mr. Edson Joseph, and with Mr. Donald McPhail, Director of Civil Aviation for the Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority (ECCA).
President Aliu was in Antigua and Barbuda to provide the opening address to the UN agency’s Traveller Identification Programme (TRIP) Strategy Seminar, which it hosted there last week with the support of the State’s Ministry of Public Utilities, Civil Aviation and Transportation.