ICAO SECRETARY General Dr.
Fang Liu brought a clear message
this week to the State leaders and
heads of international organizations
attending the High-level Dialogue
of the Belt and Road Forum for
International Cooperation in
Beijing that more targeted and
determined investments in aviation
development would be a key
contributor to the overall success
of the China’s new and expansive
initiative. This was stated in a press
release yesterday by the Chief,
Communications officer Anthony
Philbin.
Speaking at the Thematic session
of the Forum, organized by the
People’s Republic of China and
conducted in Beijing on 14-15
May, Dr. Liu highlighted how air
transport connectivity between
States and economic sectors
promotes a wide range of direct and
indirect socio-economic benefits.
“A key dynamic for the Belt and
Road partner States to appreciate is
the direct relationship which exists
between investments in aviation
development, and returns in terms
of sustainable socio-economic
prosperity for local citizens and
businesses,” Dr. Liu stressed.
“States which make commitments
to support fully ICAO-compliant
air transport operations, as well
as modernized airport and air
navigation infrastructure, will
inevitably grow their tourism
and trade revenues, open up new
markets and supply routes for local
producers, expand their tax bases in
aid of long-term planning certainty,
and develop a solid foundation
from which to ensure sustainable
socio-economic prosperity, well into the future.”
The Chinese Government proposed
to build the Silk Road Economic
Belt and the 21st Century Maritime
Silk Road which is referred often as
the “Belt and Road” initiative. The
Chinese objective of the Belt and Road
initiative is to boost interconnectivity
and infrastructure development by
working together with States along
the Belt and Road, reviving the
ancient trade routes. Connectivity on
policy, infrastructure, trade, finance
and people are declared to be the
focus. The Belt and Road Forum was
the highest level gathering thus far to
discuss this initiative which attracted
29 foreign heads of state as well as
Ministers and government officials
from over 130 countries, including 70
international organizations.
The ICAO Secretary General made
it clear to all that the civil aviation
network is projected to double its
volume of flights and passenger by
2030, and that this growth holds
tremendous economic potential
which will support all the States in
achieving the United Nations’ 2030
Agenda for Sustainable Development.
“The call to action I propose today
is therefore very simple: invest in
aviation development and align your
air transport policy objectives with
those of your national development
plans. Doing so will be essential to your overall Belt Road objectives,
and to your achievement of the
Sustainable Development Goals
under Agenda 2030,”she remarked.
On the sidelines of the Belt
and Road Forum, Dr. Liu signed
an agreement of international
cooperation on behalf of ICAO with L-R: Chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Organization in Europe, NIDOE, Dr. Paul Eke; Minister of State,
Petroleum Resources, Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu; President, Oil and Minerals for Good Global
Forum, Dr. Mark Osa Igiehon and Managing Director, AIMRE Consulting, Dr. Jesse Andrawus, during
the official presentation of a report of executive summary on new Nigeria oil and Gas framework
and policy to the minster by NIDOE in Abuja


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