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AG meets with International Civil Aviation Organisation

February 14, 2016 7:36 pm

Civil Aviation Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum has informed the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to review the indicators used for the global market based measures for the reduction in aviation carbon emissions.

Sayed-Khaiyum is attending the Aviation Leadership Summit 2016 hosted by the Singapore government.

The high level session included discussions with the President of the ICAO Dr Olumuyiwa Aliu.

The discussions with Dr Aliu included challenges faced by the Pacific island states regarding compliance with ICAO standards, Shortage of appropriate resources and ICAO’s proposed model to reduce carbon emissions by the world aviation Industry.

Sayed-Khaiyum says the Aviation industry must take into account the total carbon emission footprint of a country and not just from a particular industry- in this case the aviation sector.

He also informed the forum that the parliament has approved the ratification of the Paris Agreement last week.

Sayed-Khaiyum also informed the ICAO that the parliament has also passed the Civil Aviation (Montreal Convention, 1999) Act 2016 which puts the convention within the Fijian legal framework.

He added that Fiji’s currently working on the drafting of new regulations to further increase Fiji’s compliance with ICAO standards.

The Pacific island states in attendance have also unanimously agreed for Fiji to host a meeting for the Pacific island Civil Aviation Ministers in the coming month in order to formulate the region’s position for onward submission to the ICAO.