Qatar Wins ICAO Council Membership

Tuesday, October 4, 2022
Qatar Wins ICAO Council Membership

Montreal - Canada

The State of Qatar has won membership of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Council for the first time in its history, in the elections that took place Tuesday, Oct. 4, at the meetings of the 41st Session of the ICAO Assembly, which is convened in Montreal, Canada, with participation of delegations of 193 countries. The membership will be for the next three years (2023-2025) on Group C.

Qatar achieved a landslide victory in elections and garnered 160 votes, making it one of the highest-scoring candidates on Group C; something that emphasizes the country’s significant contributions and efforts in civil aviation industry.

Following the announcement, Minister of Transport H.E. Jassim Saif Ahmed Al-Sulaiti said that Qatar’s winning of an ICAO Council membership emphasizes the country’s ranking and recognition at international fora, regionally and globally; under the leadership of HH the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani. He said it also reflects ICAO Member States’ confidence that Qatar is capable of significantly contributing to finding solutions to the aviation industry’s current and future challenges.

The result, he added, was also a fruit of the massive work that the country has done for long to develop its civil aviation sector, and which receives tireless and unlimited support from the government, until that critical sector has become world-renowned.

Today’s achievement, he said, ushers in a new era to further consolidate the country’s leading position in civil aviation industry worldwide, and serves as an incentive to continue innovatively deploying the best universal practices in safety, security, air navigation and environmental sustainability.

The minister also asserted Qatar would continue supporting ICAO’s plans and programs to achieve its objectives and principles, sharing many of ICAO’s values toward a sustainable future for aviation industry, thus ensuring no country is left behind, in addition to working with all Member States to keep the skies a safe place for all.

Minister Al-Sulaiti thanked heads and members of all delegations participating in the 41st ICAO Assembly for their confidence and backing of Qatar’s membership bid. He also appreciated the great efforts of work teams from all entities.

Noteworthy, Qatar, running in the elections as an independent country candidate, successfully obtained enough votes to serve on the decision-making Council.

The ICAO has seen an intensive activity by the Qatari delegation headed by H.E. Minister Al-Sulaiti during the meetings of the 41st Assembly, which continue until this Oct. 7. The minister held several meetings with many heads and members of delegations and groups that represent various world regions, as well as heads of regional and international organizations, in the context of boosting cooperation and coordination between Qatar and ICAO Member States to contribute to developing the civil aviation industry.