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Press Release – Guyana participated at the IATS-CIAT in Korea

– Liberalization of Air Transport among issues raised

Georgetown, Guyana. May 17, 2019.

Guyana continues to build on its successful hosting of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Air Transport Meeting which was held in November 2018 at the Arthur Chung Conference Centre.

In May 2019, a delegation from Guyana was invited by the Republic of Korea to participate at the Fourth ICAO Air Transport Symposium and Conference on International Air Transport Cooperation 2019 (IATS-CIAT 2019), held in Incheon, Republic of Korea, from May 8 to 10, 2019.

Guyana was again placed in the spotlight of the World-Stage as the head of Guyana’s delegation, the Honourable Minister Annette Ferguson, was asked by the Republic of Korea to deliver the keynote address at the IATS-CIAT 2019.

The ICAO also invited the Director General of the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), Lt. Col. (Ret’d) Egbert Field, and Director for Air Transport Management, Mr. Saheed Sulaman, to join the panel of experts to make presentations at the event.

The three days event brought together aviation stakeholders from around the world including regulators, airport operators and academia, to discuss ways of enhancing air connectivity and the benefits of a coherent global regulatory regime through the liberalization of international air transport.

The Guyanese delegation delivered presentations and stimulated discussions focused on achieving regulatory convergence, unfair treatment of travellers, compensation and mechanisms for redress, the impact of levies on air transport sustainability, and the implications on air connectivity, and a case for liberalization of air transport for small developing States.

Guyana also participated in the 3rd   Seminar on Strategic Management of Aviation Policy for High-level Administrators, which ran simultaneously with IATS-CIAT 2019. This seminar focused on the country’s policies and main challenges confronting the industry.

The IATS-CIAT 2019 meeting highlighted the importance of States sharing their experiences and best practices on liberalization so as to encourage and assist other States that are yet to fully embrace liberalization in their regulatory approaches.

At the end of the event, the participants agreed on several issues brought to the fore including the importance of preventing the proliferation of taxes on international air transport and tourism; achieving regional harmonization in the areas of consumer protection and competition regulations; promoting liberalization among States; and that “safeguards or reassurances” are required in multilateral agreement on the liberalization of market access.

Complementing the outcome of the meeting held in November 2018, GCAA is currently developing modern regulations to address all areas of air travel, following the passage of a new Civil Aviation Act in the National Assembly in December 2018. Further, Guyana has signed on to a new Multilateral Air Services Agreement (MASA) which seeks to liberalize air transport among the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).

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