Ghana has won two prestigious awards at the ongoing 40th International Civil Aviation Organization Assembly in Montreal, Canada.
Ghana was awarded the ICAO Council President certificate for maintaining one of the highest aviation safety and security standards globally.
The safety award is in recognition of Ghana obtaining Africa’s highest score in Aviation Safety Oversight after scoring a provisional Effective Implementation (EI) rate of 89.89 per cent.
This was after the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) concluded its Coordinated Validation Mission (ICVM) on April 3, 2019, in line with the United Nations Aviation Agency's Universal Safety Oversight Audit Programme.
The award for security is in recognition of Ghana's high commitment to the International Civil Aviation Organization's recommended standards and protocols on security at the Airport and Ghana's Airspace.
Present to receive the awards for Ghana was the Minister for aviation Kofi Ada, Director General of the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority Engineer Simon Allotey, Ghana's Ambassador to Canada, Nii Ayikoi Otoo and the Managing Director of the Ghana Airport Company limited, Yaw Kwakwa.
The ICAO Assembly is the Organization’s sovereign body. It meets at least once every three years and is convened by ICAO’s governing body, the Council.
ICAO's 193 Member States and a large number of international organizations are invited to the Assembly, which establishes the worldwide policy of the Organization for the upcoming triennium.
During Assembly Sessions, ICAO’s complete work programme in the technical, economic, legal and technical cooperation fields is reviewed in detail. Assembly outcomes are then provided to the other bodies of ICAO and to its Member States in order to guide their continuing and future work, as prescribed in Article 49 of the Convention on International Civil Aviation.
Each Member State is entitled to one vote on matters before the Assembly, and decisions at these Sessions are taken by a majority of the votes cast – except where otherwise provided for in the Convention.