Singapore re-elected to International Civil Aviation Organisation's governing body

MONTREAL- Singapore was re-elected to the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) on Saturday (Oct 1).

Elections were held at the ICAO Assembly in Montreal, Canada, the Ministry of Transport (MOT) said in a statement on Sunday (Oct 2).

The Singapore delegation at the ICAO Assembly was led by Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan.

Mr Khaw, who is also Coordinating Minister for Infrastructure, said: "We are honoured to be re-elected to the Council of ICAO and by the support of our fellow ICAO member states. We will continue to contribute actively to the advancement of the ICAO's mission."

The ICAO was established in 1944 and works with the United Nations to develop civil aviation and set international regulations. The ICAO works with the Convention on International Civil Aviation's 191 states, which include most UN member states. It is governed by the 36-member council, where seats are up for election every three years.

Singapore was first elected to the council in 2003, and was subsequently re-elected in 2004, 2007, 2010, and 2013.

The Republic currently participates in more than 100 expert groups in the ICAO and holds leadership roles in 18 of them. Singapore provides input on issues such as safety and security standards, environmental protections and aviation law.

MOT also pointed to the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore's Singapore Aviation Academy training arm, which partners international bodies and offers training programmes to civil aviation professionals, as an example of Singapore's involvement in the international civil aviation sector.