14th December 2018
ICAO Air Services Negotiations (ICAN) Conference
Seychelles meets with 23 countries to renew air services engagement
For the very first time since Seychelles has been participating in the annual ICAO Air Services Negotiation Conference (ICAN), Seychelles meets with 23 countries and signed eight Air Services Agreements.
The Conference which was this year held from the 10th to the 14th December in the Kenyan Capital Nairobi marks 7 years of Seychelles’ active participation in this event which has redefined and shaped air transport development on the ground for the past years.
Eight Air Services Agreements were signed on behalf of the government of Seychelles with the following countries; Kenya (the host country), Bahamas, Greece, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, Turkey, Rwanda and Jamaica, by Ambassador David Pierre, who is accredited to Kenya.
“Seychelles as a small Island State needs to ensure that it remains well connected with the rest of the world; this is in fact vital to our economic development; which relies heavily on tourism and trade. These Agreements provides an important framework that would allow for strategic planning and continued development and growth in air services and the tourism industry in Seychelles,” said Ambassador Pierre.
The Kenyan Minister responsible for transport, Infrastructure, housing and Urban Development, Mr. James Macharia, who signed the Agreement on behalf of the Kenyan government noted the excellent relations that exists between the two countries.
“Seychelles and Kenya has a strong bond of friendship based on trust and mutual understanding; this Agreement that we signed today attest to this. I would in fact like to note that our two Presidents are very good friends; the recent visit of President Faure to Kenya for the sustainable Blue Economy Conference and the commitment made by the two leaders to support one another in realizing the full potential of the blue economy. This is very positive as we both see the benefits of our continued collaborations in a myriad of fields, but most importantly in aviation.
Today’s signature is an important stepping stone in our bilateral relations and an important step in our cooperation as developmental partners in the region,” he said following the signature of the Agreement.
Seychelles has been attending ICAN conferences since 2012, when it was held in Saudi Arabia, and Mr. Gilbert Faure, the SCAA CEO has headed the delegation ever since, on behalf of the government of Seychelles. Some of these agreements had been concluded as far back as 2012, when Seychelles first participated in ICAN .
“It is truly a historic moment, we are very proud that after many years of robust engagement and negotiations we have managed to sign these Agreements this week” said CEO Faure.
During the one week conference Seychelles also met with several other countries to negotiate and conclude new air services framework, they were with; Chile, Mali, Poland, Ghana, Dominican Republic, Colombia, Luxembourg and Mozambique.
Other meetings during the week were with delegations from the UK, UAE, Iran, Comoros, Zambia, Qatar and Tanzania.
“Seychelles’ participation in this year’s ICAN was a success for the African region overall, particularly in spearheading the global aviation agenda to meet the goals of Agenda 2063 of the African Union and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
“I am very proud of what we have accomplished thus far for Seychelles. Going forward, we have a lot of work to do to ensure that air transport continues to grow on an upward trajectory” said Mr. Faure who will be retiring at the end of the year after more than 40 years of serving diligently and making significant contributions in the development of the aviation industry of Seychelles.
Mr. Gilbert Faure was accompanied at the one-week Conference by the Principal Secretary for Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine, Mr. Alan Renaud, the CEO-designate of SCAA, Mr. Garry Albert, the Head of Air Transport at SCAA, Ms. Florence Marengo, the Air Transport Officer, Mr. Kurtis Lespoir and the Assistant Air Transport Officer Ms. Thelma Dubignon.
The signature of this batch of Agreements is expected to propel the bilateral aviation relations between Seychelles and the signatories to greater heights. They will now be submitted for ratification including approval of Cabinet and the National Assembly after which they will be filed with the ICAO.
ICAN is the annual global forum where delegations of members States of ICAO, consisting of Department of transports, Aeronautical Authorities, and Ministries of Foreign affairs as well as airlines and aviation experts meet to network, discuss and negotiate air services conditions through a series of one-to-one meetings.
About Chicago Convention
The Chicago Convention also known as the Convention on International Civil Aviation established the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), a specialized agency of the United Nations charged with coordinating and regulating international air travel. The Convention establishes rules of airspace, aircraft registration and safety, and details the rights of the signatories in relation to air travel. The Convention was signed on December 7, 1944 in Chicago, U.S., by 52 signatory states. It went into effect on April 4, 1947, the same date that ICAO came into being.
The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is a UN specialized agency, created in 1944 upon the signing of the Chicago Convention. ICAO works with the Convention’s 191 Member States and global aviation organizations to develop international Standards and Recommended Practices which States reference when developing their legally-enforceable national civil aviation regulations.
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