Minister Bhattarai Addresses on ICAO 40th Assembly – Nepalayatimes
Kathmandu – Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Minister Yogesh Bhattarai has addressed on the 40th assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is operating in the Canadian city of Madrid. The General Assembly is conducting from 24th Septembers to 4th October with representatives from 193 countries and the participation of more than a thousand union organizations.
The General Assembly will have an air-space agreement with the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Similarly, there will be in-flight talks with Australia.
The delegation was accompanied by Hon’ble Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Minister Yogesh Bhattarai, Nepalese Ambassador to Canada Bhrigu Dhungana, Deputy Secretary to the Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Ministry Suresh Acharya, and Director General of the Nepal Civil Aviation Authority Rajan Pokhrel.
Full text of the address by Honorable Minister: –
Mr. President of the 40th session of Assembly Mr. President of the ICAO Council, Madam Secretary-General of the ICAO, Dignitaries and Distinguished Delegates, Ladies and Gentlemen, On behalf of Nepalese delegation and on my own, I would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate ICAO on completing 75 years of its tireless journey towards safer and better aviation. I feel much honored to address this 40th session of the Assembly of this Global Aviation Forum. Just a month ago, Nepal had a privilege of hosting the 56th Conference of Directors General of Civil Aviation of Asia-Pacific Region in Kathmandu. It was an unprecedented joy and great honor for us to hand over the ICAO flag hoisted on the top of the Mount Everest, world’s highest peak, to the President of the Council of ICAO mark its historic 75th anniversary during the Conference. I believe the conclusions drawn from the Conference will be instrumental in formulating contemporary policy and future course of action for ICAO. We are thankful to ICAO for awarding Nepal with the council president certificates last year 2018. At this outset, I would like to express my appreciations and gratitude to ICAO for their accurate assessment of Nepal’s progress in resolving aviation safety oversight deficiencies Nepal has made significant efforts to enhance its level of safety oversight capability as required by ICAO Global Aviation Safety Plan 2018-2022. My special thanks go to ICAO Asia-Pacific Office, European Aviation Safety Agency and French Civil Aviation Authority for their continuous assistance and support to strengthen our safety oversight capability. On this special occasion, I reiterate our firm commitment again to the Articles of Chicago Convention 1944, ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices for safe, secure, economic and environmentally friendly aviation system around the world. In line with the ICAO guiding principles, Nepal has initiated an institutional reform process like separation of regulatory and operational functions, currently being carried out by Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal.I would like to assure this forum that we will leave no stone unturned to make our aviation safe and advanced one. Despite our difficult geographic terrain, we have been able to reduce fatal accidents and number of fatalities significantly because of the additionally adopted safety measures. To boost up our tourism, which is our priority industry now and to increase air connectivity at home and abroad, Nepal has focused on expansion and up-gradation of existing airport infrastructures. Two new international airports are at the final stage of completion and one more is in the pipeline. In addition, the Government has focused on infrastructure development in all sectors. Mr. President, Nepal has resolved all political stalemate by promulgating a new constitution for a federal democratic republic through a constituent assembly, by successfully holding three-tier elections, and by forming stable governments at the federal, provincial and local level. Now, our Government has come up with a vision, “Prosperous Nepal, Happy Nepali”, an economic agenda, under the dynamic leadership of Rt. Hon. Prime minister KP Sharma Oli. To materialize this economic agenda, we have been welcoming foreign direct investment in various sectors, tourism is one of them. We have adopted a liberal sky policy for better aviation connectivity. Nepal is well known for its Nature, culture, and adventure. Similarly, Nepal is also known for the birthplace of the Buddha and home of the world’s highest mountains including Mt. Everest and full of diversity. So, tourism has been recognizing as an economic mainstay. To regain our image of lifetime destination, we have also revived our cultural heritages and historical monuments which was damaged by the earthquake of 2015. Keeping all this in mind, we are celebrating Visit Nepal Year 2020 with the slogan “Experience of a Life Time”. Finally, I take this opportunity to invite all the dignitaries and distinguished delegates to visit Nepal during our Visit Nepal Campaign.I wish the 40th Session of the Assembly of ICAO a historic success. Thanking you all Namaste!