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Dominica becomes ICAO’s 193rd Member State

Following its official adherence to the Chicago Convention

Dominica (Country in the Caribbean island) has now become the 193rd Member State of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) following its official adherence to the Convention on International Civil Aviation (the Chicago Convention).

Dominica deposited its notification of adherence to the Convention on 14 March 2019, and its ICAO Member State status became effective thirty days after on 13 April 2019. ICAO was advised of the development by the Government of the United States of America, which serves as the depositary of the Chicago Convention. ICAO Member States were advised separately of the development via a State Letter.

ICAO membership will be particularly important for the development of Dominica’s tourism sector, as air transport and tourism are major and highly synergistic economic sectors. This is illustrated by the fact that, at the global level, 57 per cent of international tourists travel to and from their destinations by air. The combined contribution to the world GDP of these two sectors is in fact close to 14 per cent. Significant growth in air services and tourism is forecast, which represents a particularly important opportunity for island States like Dominica.

Like the other States in the Caribbean, Dominica will receive crucial support from ICAO’s North American, Central American, and Caribbean (NACC) Regional Office, enabling it to thoroughly identify and benefit from the opportunities presented by its ICAO membership, and participate fully in regional and global aviation planning going forward.

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