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International aviation body to hold Asia-Pacific conference in Incheon

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The poster for the 57th Conference of Directors General of Civil Aviation, Asia and Pacific Regions, in Incheon / Screenshot from the International Civil Aviation Organization website
The poster for the 57th Conference of Directors General of Civil Aviation, Asia and Pacific Regions, in Incheon / Screenshot from the International Civil Aviation Organization website

By Nam Hyun-woo

The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) will jointly host a conference of Asia-Pacific civil aviation chiefs in Incheon this week, the ministry said Sunday.

The conference, the 57th Conference of Directors General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), Asia and Pacific Regions, will take place from Monday to Friday at the Incheon Paradise City Convention Center, with civil aviation chiefs from 41 countries gathering to discuss aviation policies in the region.

This is the third time for Korea to hold the conference and the first in 21 years since it was last in Korea. The 2020 and 2021 editions of the conference were skipped due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Under the theme of Strengthening Regional Cooperation for the Restoration of Air Network with No Country Left Behind, the conference will include civil aviation chiefs of ICAO member countries, ICAO Council President Salvatore Sciacchitano, ICAO Secretary General Juan Carlos Salazar and a number of officials from international aviation authorities.

During the conference, Kim Yong-suk, the ministry's director general for Airport and Air Navigation Policy, will accept the chairmanship of DGCA Asia and Pacific Regions for the first time as a Korean national.

The transport ministry said Kim's chairmanship represents Korea's active contribution to ICAO activities for promoting international aviation safety as a member of the ICAO council.

During the conference, Transport Minister Won Hee-ryong will express his hopes for the conference to be a stepping stone for the international aviation industry to fly again and a stage where aviation chiefs can discuss various recovery policies based on the ICAO's No Country Left Behind initiative.

During the conference, Korea will sign a letter of intent to participate in the ICAO's Digital Transformation Fund, aimed at supporting member countries through digital technologies.


Nam Hyun-woo namhw@koreatimes.co.kr


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