Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung (R) meets with President of the ICAO Council Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu on July 6 (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung appreciated the active and effective support the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has given to Vietnam while receiving President of the ICAO Council Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu in Hanoi on July 6.

The Deputy PM said the fast-growing civil aviation has been contributing to Vietnam’s economic growth and integration into the world, pointing out certain challenges that need to be addressed soon, including overload at key airports, modest services quality, and ineffective flight management.

ICAO’s cooperation programmes and technical assistance to improve the flight management and operation capacity of Vietnam’s aviation personnel are very important, he added.

Dung asked ICAO to continue providing technical aid and information so that the country can manage flight information regions under its management efficiently. 

The organisation was also called to support Vietnam to send a permanent representative to ICAO and run for a position in Part III (states ensuring geographic representation) in the 2022-2025 tenure, thus raising the country’s stature in the global civil aviation.

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The official noted that Vietnam supports ICAO’s viewpoint on the implementation of a plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the aviation industry. He asked ICAO to consider helping Vietnam build a system for monitoring aviation fuel consumption.

For his part, the ICAO Council President said he is impressed with the rapid development of Vietnam’s civil aviation. He recognised the sector’s efforts to seriously and effectively implement flight safety and operation regulations and standards.

There are hundreds of thousands of flights in the world each day, and the figure will double in the next 15 years, he noted, adding that most of this growth will occur in Asia-Pacific, where Vietnam is a very potential market.

As the country’s air transport market will continue to grow more strongly, it is necessary to invest more in infrastructure, including airports, and manpower training, he said.

Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu suggested the Vietnamese Government and the civil aviation sector focus on improving manpower quality and the administration and management capacity of the civil aviation authority.

He pledged to assist the country more strongly and effectively in developing its civil aviation.-VNA