Montreal, December 13, 2021 – The ICAO Air Services Negotiations (ICAN) 2021 event took place last week in BogotÃ¡, Colombia from December 6-10, providing both a platform for person and virtual to countries finalizing new international air transport agreements.
ICAN BogotÃ¡ is the first to be hosted in South America since the Unique Global Negotiating Events were established by ICAO in 2008. Over 300 in-person and 170 virtual participants, representing 70 countries, attended. capitalized on the profitability and efficiency of this year’s hybrid gathering.
In his opening remarks to international negotiators, ICAO Secretary General Juan Carlos Salazar stressed that the work they were undertaking was “essential to all aspects of ICAO’s current air transport recovery objectives, as well. that for the future sustainable growth and resilience that we are working on so difficult to achieve in terms of the post-COVID environment of international aviation.
“Multilateralism and the work you will undertake here over the next few days continue to be critical to global success,” he added, “and to restoring global capacities in travel, trade and commerce. tourism in all regions of the world “.
The Secretary General drew attention in this context to the Country Declaration formalized at the recent ICAO High Level Conference on COVID-19, and more particularly to the commitments they have made to open the international borders through updated approaches to risk management and vaccination, and to rebuild aviation. cope better with lower emissions and future sector resilience in the event of a pandemic.
ICAO promotes several key priorities for States when supporting their air services negotiations, including liberalized market access for airlines, removal of barriers to access broader capital markets and l ‘relaxation of nationality requirements for airline ownership. The United Nations agency is currently working on a new Convention on Foreign Investment in Airlines to help support this multilateral progress.
Other priorities include commitments to convergent and efficient regulatory practices supported by good governance, and recognition of the need for modernized infrastructure and passenger facilitation processes to support future goals of safety, emissions, capacity and resilience.
All of the above should also be accompanied by effective national competition and consumer protection frameworks, and full compliance with current ICAO policy guidance on taxes, fees and charges.
“ICAO has maintained a firm commitment to work with States towards a long-term vision for the liberalization of international air transport, and I assure you that it will only be strengthened under my leadership”, underlined Secretary General Salazar. by concluding the event.
He also expressed ICAO’s appreciation for the opening speech of ICAN2021 by His Excellency Mr. IvÃ¡n Duque MÃ¡rquez, President of the Republic of Colombia, for the goodwill message from Ms. Ãngela Orozco, Minister of transport of Colombia, and for the closing remarks of Her Excellency Marta LucÃa RamÃrez, Vice-President and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Colombia. Additional participation on behalf of Colombian ministers and vice-ministers and Mr. Jair Fajardo, Director General of Civil Aviation (Aerocivil), strengthened the Colombian government’s commitment to international civil aviation and ICAO .
Secretary General Salazar concluded by noting that âwe all share today a total commitment to help restore air transport and trade and reconnect our world, so that hundreds of millions of people can regain their livelihoods and that we can get the world back on track to increase global connectivity and prosperity.