Qatar participated in the 41st session of International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Assembly, held at the organisation's headquarters in Montreal, Canada, with the participation of delegations from 193 countries and many international organisations. Qatar's delegation was headed by HE the Minister of Transport Jassim Seif Ahmed al-Sulaiti. In his speech during the first session of the meetings, HE al-Sulaiti affirmed Qatar's endeavour to become a member of ICAO's Assembly based on its firm belief in its ability to contribute significantly to finding solutions to present and future challenges facing the aviation industry, to serve the civil aviation community.
He underlined the steps taken by Qatar to achieve remarkable progress in the civil aviation sector, by developing and building world-class infrastructure that achieves sustainable development and meets global environmental standards in line with Qatar National Vision 2030, in addition to preserving lives and property and providing safe flight routes. HE the Minister referred to the achievements of the national carrier and the civil aviation sector in Qatar at the global and humanitarian levels during the repercussions of the Covid-19 pandemic, and the efforts made by the State to provide the civil aviation workforce in many countries with sufficient training and skills to increase their capabilities of meeting the standards and practices of the organisation in order to enhance the civil aviation safety in these countries. He also referred to the State's contributions to support a number of the organisation's special programmes.
HE al-Sulaiti stressed Qatar's permanent commitment to embodying the vital principles of the ICAO, which aspires to provide safe, environmentally sound, and sustainable development for international civil aviation, and to continue strengthening the partnership with the organisation and its Member States.
Qatar has submitted its application for nomination to the ICAO Council for the next three-year term within Category III.
Council membership elections will be held during 41st ICAO Assembly by Member States to select only 36 countries to form the ICAO Council, which is considered the legislative body of the organisation. The Assembly meetings will continue until Oct 7. Qatar joined the ICAO on Sept 5, 1971.
Since its accession, Qatar has contributed to supporting all efforts aimed at enhancing the future of the aviation sector and supporting the organization in implementing its strategic goals.
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