THE International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Council has elected a Zambian as vice-president.

Vincent Banda was elected third vice-president of the ICAO Council after a tightly contested Council committee election in Montreal, Canada on June 25.

The International Civil Aviation Organization is a United Nations (UN) specialised Agency established by States in 1944 to manage the administration and governance of the convention on International Civil Aviation (Chicago Convention).

The main role for the ICAO Council is to adopt Standards and recommended Practices concerning air navigation, its infrastructure, flight inspection, prevention of unlawful interference and facilitation of boarder crossing procedures for International Civil Aviation.

Vincent Banda was appointed as Permanent Representative to ICAO in 2016 by the Zambian government to head the SADC mission at ICAO, the same year he joined the ICAO Council as Alternate Representative until October 2019 when he was elected on the Council of ICAO as a Council Representative, at the 40th session of the ICAO Assembly, that was attended by all the 194 member states, making him the first Zambian to be elected on the ICAO Council since the establishment of ICAO in 1944.

During the same year, Vincent was elected as the Chairman of the Committee of Cooperation with External Parties (CCEP) for ICAO. He also served on various ICAO Council committees i.e. Finance Committee (FIC), Technical Corporation Committee (TCC) Edward Warner Award Committee and Advisory Group on Carbon offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation-CORSIA (AGC).

In March 2020, Vincent was appointed by the ICAO Council to be a member of the The ICAO Council Aviation Recovery Task Force (CART) on COVID-19

Speaking after being elected, Banda said his
election as ICAO vice-president was a historic moment for Zambia and Southern African Development Community (SADC).

“As you may all be aware, In October last year at the 40th ICAO Assembly in Montreal Canada, Zambia was elected to the Council for the first time. Today, 26 June 2020 is yet another historical moment for the Republic of Zambia and SADC for being elected as the 3rd Vice President of the ICAO Council here in Montreal, Canada,” he said.

Banda said he was indebted to President Edgar Lungu for the continuous support to his office.

He thanked President Lungu for the vision and the government’s commitment to transforming the aviation sector in Zambia.

“Thank you and Congratulations Mr President for reopening the International Airports. This will undoubtedly assist in the economic recovery of the Country,” he said.

“Let me also seize this opportunity to thank the Zambian Minister of Transport and Communication Hon Mutotwe Kafwaya, and the Permanent Secretary Engineer Misheck Lungu for their professional guidance and support.”

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