Noting that tourism is the activity of greatest impact on the country’s economy and that commercial aviation remains the main platform for the arrival of visitors, Hector Porcella acting director of the Civil Aviation Institute (IDAC), said the meeting sponsored by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is an event of paramount importance for the aviation industry in the Dominican Republic and throughout the Region.
In welcoming more than 100 representatives from 18 countries and 12 organizations related to civil aviation, Porcella reported that during the course of the week Santo Domingo will host two important meetings of civil aviation, first the RASG.PA group, with an agenda on safety, and from Tuesday, November 14, the Regional Planning and Implementation Group CAR / SAM (GREPECAS).
Porcella, who held the presidency of GREPECAS in the 2020/2022 period, advanced that both meetings will address crucial aspects related to the sector, such as the improvement of air navigation capacity and efficiency, the strengthening of operational safety and the reduction of the environmental footprint in the industry.
“It is a known fact that tourism is the main economic sector of the Dominican Republic, not only for its direct contribution to the gross domestic product and the generation of jobs, but also for its cross-cutting impact on the country’s other productive sectors,” he said.
He said that the IDAC, as host entity, has made every effort to provide the best conditions within its reach to ensure the fulfillment of the objectives and goals of the event and to make the guests’ stay in the country as gratifying as possible.
“Not to brag, but I would like to remind you that the main slogan of our international tourism promotion is: “Dominican Republic has it all”; or Dominican Republic has it all”, he commented.
Speaking at the opening of the meeting, the director of the Regional Office for North, Central America and the Caribbean of the Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), Christopher Barks, said he was convinced that the Santo Domingo meeting, made up of more than 100 representatives from the Region, will produce important agreements to continue making aviation the safest means of transportation.
Expressing his gratitude to the IDAC and the Dominican Government for hosting the thirteenth RASG-PA meeting and the GREPECAS deliberations that will continue this week, he said that the resulting contributions will add to ICAO’s efforts to improve aviation safety and efficiency.