ZAMBIA SCOOPS THE VICE PRESIDENCY OF THE INTERNATIONAL CIVIL AVIATION ORGANISATION (ICAO) COUNCIL IN MONTREAL CANADA
Mr.Vincent Banda, the Permanent Representative of Zambia on the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Council and Permanent Representative of Southern African Development Community (SADC) to ICAO has been elected as the 3rd Vice President of the ICAO Council after a heavily contested ICAO Council Committee Elections in Montreal, Canada.
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 .
Commenting on his appointment, the Civil Aviation Authority Director General, Mr.Gabriel Lesa said, Zambia’s appointment to ICAOs highest governing body is a clear demonstration of the confidence that the international community places on Zambia’s civil aviation, as evidenced from the remarkable strides that the sector has witnessed over the last few years”.
“Zambia was recently a recipient of the prestigious ICAO Council President’s award which recognised the tremendous efforts that the government of the Republic of Zambia has put in. We have witnessed prioritisation of infrastructure development through massive investments in the four international airports; certification of the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport, as well as the development of policies that meet international Standards and Recommended Practises, which gives the nation a competitive edge to operate in a global economy”.
Mr.Vincent Banda was appointed 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.
During the same year, Mr.Banda 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, Mr. Banda was appointed by the ICAO Council to be a member of the ICAO Council Aviation Recovery Task Force (CART) on COVID-19 which composed of selected representatives from States, and international, regional and industry organizations and supported by the ICAO Secretariat to identify and recommend strategic priorities and policies to support States in the recovery of the aviation sector from the COVID Pandemic.
In May 2020, the African Union Commission appointed Mr. Banda as the Coordination team chairperson for the High-Level Task Force on COVID-19. The High-Level Task Force on Covid-19 Recovery Initiatives for African Civil Aviation was to among other objectives, mandated to develop a comprehensive Post-Covid-19 Recovery Strategy that will identify opportunities toward a stable and sustainable recovery for the African civil aviation sector.
Mr. Vincent Banda has over 30 years of extensive international experience in the aviation sector. His current activities include acting as a link between ICAO and the 16-Member States of Southern Africa Development Community- (SADC). He supports the work of ICAO within the context of the ICAO objectives such as safety, air navigation capacity and efficiency, security and facilitation, economic development of air transport and environmental protection.
Prior to joining ICAO, Mr. Banda was based in South Africa as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Executive Officer of BidAir Cargo Africa and BidAir Cargo Tanzania, respectively.
ABOUT THE CIVIL AVIATION AUTHORITY
The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) was established by an Act of Parliament, No. 7 of 2012, as an autonomous Aviation regulator in line with international best practice as well as to enable the creation of an effective safety oversight authority in Zambia. The CAA seeks to provide effective and efficient regulatory services to the Aviation industry ensure legal compliance and provide safety assurance for all air transport users in Zambia.
Our Vision is sustainable safe and secure skies for all
The CAA achieved an Effective Implementation (EI) of 62.06 above the global average of 60% after the ICAO Validation Mission (ICVM) audit that was conducted in March 2016. This led to Zambia receiving international recognition by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) where the State received an ICAO Council President’s certificate in September 2017.
ABOUT THE ICAO COUNCIL
The Council is a permanent body of ICAO responsible to the Assembly. It is composed of 36 Member States elected by the Assembly for a three-year term. In the election, adequate representation is given to States of chief importance in air transport, States not otherwise included but which make the largest contribution to the provision of facilities for international civil air navigation and States not otherwise included whose designation will ensure that all major geographic areas of the world are represented on the Council. The Council convenes the Assembly.
The Council has numerous functions, notable among which are to submit annual reports to the Assembly; carry out the directions of the Assembly; and discharge the duties and obligations which are laid on it by the Convention on International Civil Aviation (Chicago, 1944). It also administers the finances of ICAO; appoints and defines the duties of the Air Transport Committee, as well as the Committee on Joint Support of Air Navigation Services, the Finance Committee, the Committee on Unlawful Interference, the Technical Co-operation Committee and the Human Resources Committee. It appoints the Members of the Air Navigation Commission and it elects the members of the Edward Warner Award Committee
picture 1:Mr.Vincent Banda at ICAO Headquarters in Montreal, Canada
Picture 2:The ICAO Secretary General Dr. Fang Liu congratulates Mr. Banda