Québec Premier Jean Charest attended the opening ceremony of the 37th Session of the Assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), which was held on September 28. The Assembly, which brings together 1800 delegates from 190 countries, ends on October 8.
At the ceremony, a Memorandum of Cooperation was signed by ICAO, the United States Department of Transportation, the European Commission, and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) to create a Global Safety Information Exchange to help reduce the risk of accidents worldwide. The Assembly will also discuss ways to better protect commercial aviation and facilities against terrorist attacks while, at the same time, accelerating passenger flows in airports, as well as the European Union project to fight climate change.
Québec and Belgium discuss transportation
Minister of Transport Sam Hamad met his Belgian counterpart, Étienne Schouppe, State Secretary of Mobility, in Québec City. Mr. Schouppe was in Québec to attend the ICAO Assembly. They discussed major international and European issues in the areas of transportation and mobility. Mr. Schouppe also asked about Québec policies and practices in the field of transportation as well as federal and provincial divisions of jurisdiction. Québec and Belgium maintain relations in a variety of areas, including justice and police and economic cooperation.
ICAO is an international governmental organization that has called Montréal home since its creation in 1945. The goals of ICAO are to: