Nepal’s delegation to general assembly of ICAO in Montreal
23 September 2016, Source: THT
An 11-member delegation is all set to fly for Canada on Sunday to attend a two-week triennial General Assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in Montreal. It can be predicted that the trip being made at a public expense will be just a fun trip for the delegates as usual in absence of the papers to be presented to the global forum.
The list prepared by Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal shows that Minister For Culture, Tourism And Civil Aviation Jeevan Bahadur Shahi is leading the team, which includes three joint secretaries – Suresh Acharya and Buddhi Sagar Lamichhane (Tourism Minister) and Buddhi Bahadur Khadka (Prime Minister’s office), CAAN’s Director General Sanjiv Gautam, Deputy DG Rajan Pokhrel, Board Director Iswari Paudel, Tribhuvan International Airport General Manager Devanand Upadhyay and Nepal Airlines Corporation Managing Director Sugat Ratna Kansakar.
The delegation team will not be able to share the country’s experience in investigating the Turkish Airlines Airbus 330 aircraft crash at TIA in 2015. The reason behind is the unwillingness of two joint secretaries, the supposed to be aviation experts to answer the difficult questions that would probably be raised on their work.
In the updated ICAO Safety Audit Report 2016, Nepal has been able to implement only 2 per cent of ICAO protocols stands that is 54 per cent of global average as far as air accident investigation is concerned. Even China is ahead of Nepal on safe operation on plateau airports as the airports of Nepal.
Having the numerous proof of gross negligence in its provision of aviation standards as well as the performance and safety, CAAN would definitely face criticism at the ICAO forum according to a source from ministry.