India re-elected to council of International Civil Aviation Organisation

India has been re-elected in the new council of the International Civil Organisation (ICAO), as one of the states making the largest contribution to the provision of facilities for international civil air navigation.

The 38th session of the assembly of ICAO in Montreal completed the election of the council on 1 October.

The 36- member council is the governing body of the ICAO and is elected for a three-year term.

The election process was divided into three parts, with states of chief importance in air transport, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russian Federation, United Kingdom and the United States, forming Part I of the council.

India has been elected under the category of states ensuring geographic representation.

Others in the category include Argentina, Egypt, Mexico, Nigeria, Norway, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain and Venezuela.

Part III states ensuring geographic representation include Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chile, Dominican Republic, Kenya, Libya, Malaysia, Nicaragua, Poland, Republic of Korea, United Arab Emirates and United Republic of Tanzania.

A specialised agency of the United Nations, ICAO was created in 1944 to promote safe and orderly development of civil aviation throughout the world. It sets standards and regulations necessary for aviation safety, security, efficiency, capacity and environmental protection, amongst many other priorities.

The organisation serves as the forum for cooperation in all fields of civil aviation among its 191 member states.