The discussion took place on the sidelines of the 39th tri-annual Assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) which was held in Montreal, Canada.
The Sri Lankan delegation was led by Ahmed A. Jawad, Representative of Sri Lanka to the ICAO and High Commissioner to Canada. The ICAO is a UN specialized Agency established in 1944 to manage the administration and governance of the Convention on International Civil Aviation also known as the Chicago Convention and comprises 191 member states. Sri Lanka became a member in 1948.
On the side lines, the Sri Lankan delegation had talks with the Canadian delegation to the 39th Assembly. It was agreed in principle to have a fully-fledged Code Share Agreement that would promote enhanced air connectivity between the two countries.
An increasing number of Canadian tourists have been visiting Sri Lanka, with 37,732 arrivals in 2015 according to statistics of the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB). The Sri Lankan High Commission will be participating at the International Tourism and Travel Show to be held in Montreal from 21-23 October 2016 with the assistance of SLTPB, after a number of years.
The Sri Lankan delegation also had extensive consultation with the International Civil Aviation Organization in regard to the offer made by the government of Sri Lanka to host the 10th International Commission for Air Navigation (ICAN) meeting in Colombo in 2017. The event is expected to be attended by 700 delegates from 191 ICAO member states.
In addition to High Commissioner Jawad the Sri Lankan delegation comprised R.M.S.P. Ratnayake, Additional Secretary (Aviation), Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation, H.M.C. Nimalsiri, Director General of Civil Aviation and Chief Executive Officer, Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka, K.V. Ranjith De Silva, Vice Chairman, Airport and Aviation Services (SL) Ltd, and Deannath Kulatunga, Aviation Specialist. (Colombo Gazette)