“Basseterre, St. Kitts, December 7, 2019 (SKNIS)
Seventy-five years ago, on 7th December 1944, amid the ravages of World War Two, 52 countries gathered in a wintery Chicago to sign the Convention on International Civil Aviation. Cognizant of the chaos and confusion during the war, coupled with the boundless potential of the fledgling aviation sector, delegates demanded of the moment a serious set of global standards and procedures to organize air navigation. The Chicago Convention, as the agreement is called, gave rise to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) – a specialized UN agency, in which our beloved Federation participates to ensure that all who visit our shores by air are assured of our fealty to safety, security and sustainability.
My friends, as the Federal Minister charged with the critical portfolios of Foreign Affairs and Civil Aviation, I use this opportunity, on behalf of the government, to invite all citizens, residents and visitors to join the international community in celebrating World Aviation Day and 75 Years of ICAO connecting the world. According to the UN, “The purpose of International Civil Aviation Day is to help generate and reinforce worldwide awareness of the importance of international civil aviation to the social and economic development of States.
In celebration of the Organization’s 75th anniversary, the Ministry, and in particular the Civil Aviation Division gathered a group of females from the airlines and Port Authorities of St Kitts and Nevis to pose for a photo at iconic landmarks. Primary school female students were invited to participate to motivate them to pursue careers in a male-dominant industry. I use this opportunity to thank all who partnered with the Division in this simple, but significant event to mark this major milestone.
AVIATION AT THE CORE OF DEVELOPMENT
For St. Kitts and Nevis, as a small island developing state, with limited