The United Republic of Tanzania has been re-elected as a member to the new Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) for the triennium 2016 to 2019. Tanzania was elected on Tuesday 4 th October 2016 with majority votes of 150 out of 172 ICAO Member States who voted (constituting 87.2 per cent of total votes casted) during the 39 th ICAO Assembly in Montreal, Canada.
The 36-member Council is the governing body of ICAO and is elected for a three year-term. Tanzania was re-elected in Part 3 of the three tier poll process, which ensures geographical representation in the ICAO Council. Tanzania will therefore represent the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC). The other elected members of the Council from Africa include Cape Verde, Congo, Kenya, Nigeria, Egypt, South Africa and Algeria.
Being on the Council, Tanzania has an opportunity to positively influence the setting of key policy decisions in the aviation industry as well as aviation standards for a safe, secure and environmental friendly air transport The Tanzanian delegation to the 39 th ICAO General Assembly, which commenced on 27th September and expected to end on 7 th October 2016 in Montreal Canada, was led by Hon.
Ambassador Ali Abeid Amani Karume, Minister for Infrastructure, Communications and Transport, Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar.
Addressing the ICAO General Assembly, the Minister expounded the commitment of the Government of Tanzania to the ICAO core objectives of maintaining the highest achievable levels of safety, security, environmental protection and sustainable air transport development.
The ICAO, a specialized agency of the United Nations, was created in 1944 to promote the safe and orderly development of international civil aviation throughout the world. It sets standards and regulations necessary for aviation safety, security, efficiency, capacity and environmental protection, apart from serving as the forum for cooperation in all fields of civil aviation among its 191 Member States. Tanzania became a member of ICAO on 23 rd April 1962 after ratifying the Chicago Convention.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all Member States who voted for United Republic of Tanzania and would wish to congratulate all who made this election a success
Public Information Unit Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority