DR leadership highlighted at ICAO General Assembly

The president of the Civil Aviation Board (JAC), José Ernesto Marte Piantini, head of the Dominican delegation to the 41st General Assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), highlighted the growing and remarkable leadership that the Dominican Republic has achieved in civil aviation in the region.

“Based on our open skies policy, we have prioritized continuing to insert the country into a more global dynamic through the creation, implementation and promotion of air trade policies aimed at accessing new markets and strengthening existing relations”.

Said the public servant before the civil aviation authorities of the ICAO Member States.

The following is the full speech of the president of the Civil Aviation Board:

The Dominican Republic greets and thanks this honorable Assembly for the opportunity to address this important meeting of international civil aviation.

As Head of the delegation of the Dominican Republic, we congratulate the ICAO Council for this 2019-2022 period (of which our country proudly formed part), its President, Dr. Salvatore Sciacchitano and the Secretary General, Dr. Juan Carlos Salazar, for the excellent management and achievements obtained.

Despite the great challenges, from the effects of the pandemic to the global conflicts that have impacted air trade relations between States, the leadership achieved in facilitating the recovery of civil aviation after the COVID-19 pandemic and ensuring its future resilience is evident.

Recognition to the CART Task Force for the recommendations developed.

No country is left behind! ICAO’s heartfelt cry that led to an unprecedented impact in improving the level of effective implementation of recommended standards and methods worldwide.

In our capacity as Second Vice President of the Executive Committee of the Latin American Civil Aviation Commission (LACACAC), it is essential for me to recognize, thank and congratulate the authorities and all the staff of the LACACAC, for the important role it has played in our region.

In the Dominican Republic since 2021 we overcame the effects of the pandemic, so much so that in August of this year 2022, we achieved the best month of tourist arrivals in the history of the country.

As a result of this, the World Tourism Organization (WTO) recognized us as the number one country in the world in tourism recovery, an achievement obtained by the Tourism Cabinet led by our Constitutional President, Luis Abinader Corona, under the coordination of our Minister of Tourism, David Collado.

Based on our open skies policy: We continue to bet on a more liberal Air Transport Policy, which contemplates the concession of traffic rights of the Seventh Freedom of the Air for cargo flights only.

We have prioritized the increase of air connectivity in the world, with each aircraft that takes off or lands, we realize that we are not only connecting cities, but in each passenger flight we connect people, dreams, longings and hopes, and in each cargo flight, we connect the welfare that commercial exchange produces for the economies of our countries.

Our flight plan is just taking off, the destination is that the culture of air transport facilitation becomes a country brand of the Dominican Republic.

In our country it has become internalized to listen to the voices of the world that now more than ever insist on the protection of the environment. In view of this, we reaffirm our commitment to the implementation of the carbon offsetting and reduction plan for international aviation, “CORSIA”.

On behalf of the Dominican government, we reiterate before all of you our commitment to continue strengthening international civil aviation, and to continue strengthening ties of cooperation in our aviation trade relations.

We begin this 41st Assembly with great enthusiasm, confident that we will make wise and productive decisions.

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