OTTAWA, May 17, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of
Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, Minister of the Economic
Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec and Minister of
Intergovernmental Affairs, will meet with officials from member
countries of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) at
the International Transport Forum Summit in Leipzig, Germany, to
promote the benefits of keeping ICAO's headquarters in Montreal.
"Canada is committed to maintaining its current relationship with ICAO
and all of its member states by keeping the headquarters in Montreal,
where it belongs," said Minister Lebel. "We have demonstrated our
commitment by negotiating a generous new 20-year agreement and will
ensure member countries understand the importance of maintaining ICAO's
Minister Lebel's participation in the International Transport Forum -
the only international conference of its kind - will include bilateral
meetings with officials from China, Chile, India, Norway, Japan, and
Minister Lebel will highlight how Canada's aviation sector is a
recognized leader worldwide. "We have one of the safest air
transportation systems in the world and have been proud to host the
UN's International Civil Aviation Organization in Montreal since 1947,"
said Minister Lebel. "Canada is committed to keeping ICAO in Montreal,
the global centre of international aviation organizations, and a leader
in research, development and manufacturing."
This year's Forum, to be held from May 22 to 24, focuses on the theme Funding Transport.
"The International Transport Forum provides a unique opportunity to
discuss transportation challenges and implications for the global
economy with my international counterparts," said Minister Lebel. "It
allows participants to share innovative solutions to improve our
transportation systems and to ensure their safety, security and
Summit participants will explore in depth, models of transportation
infrastructure funding, including through new sources of private
financing, such as public-private partnerships.
"Our government invests to serve the transportation needs of individual
Canadians and businesses looking for trade opportunities in global
markets," added Minister Lebel. "Economic Action Plan 2013 encourages
greater involvement of the private sector to provide public
infrastructure and to ensure better value for Canadian taxpayers."
The International Transport Forum's annual Summit brings together 54
countries and up to 1,000 participants, including transportation
ministers, senior officials from the business community, private sector
stakeholders and researchers, and members of the international media.
It aims to find solutions to global transport-related issues and foster
a deeper understanding of the integral role transportation plays in the
world economy. The broad range of participants makes the forum unique
among multilateral organizations.
Minister Lebel will host a media availability to share highlights from
his participation in the International Transport Forum's 2013 Summit, Funding Transport, on May 23, 2013 at 12:30 (EDT time). To join the call, media must pre-register with Transport Canada's media
relations by calling 613-993-0055.
SOURCE: Transport Canada
For further information:
Office of the Honourable Denis Lebel
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities
Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec,
and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs
Transport Canada, Ottawa
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