Québec Premier Pauline Marois greeted the international civil aviation community on Tuesday in Montréal at the official opening of the 38th Session of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Assembly. Representatives of 191 ICAO member countries are attending this year’s session.
“The ICAO’s place is in Montréal. Its future is here. I am proud of the battle we fought to keep it in our largest city, where it is at the heart of our aviation industry,” said Premier Marois. (photo: Philippe Renault)
According to Premier Marois, “With over 200 companies, 42,000 jobs and a sales figure of $12.1 billion, Montréal is undeniably the world’s civil aviation capital.”
Largest international organization headquartered in Québec
In the spring of this year, the Government of Québec, the City of Montréal and the Government of Canada deployed extensive efforts to keep the ICAO’s headquarters in Montréal — a matter of over 1,000 direct and indirect jobs and economic spin-offs of $101 million per year.
The 38th Session of the ICAO Assembly, held in Montréal, began on September 24 and ends on October 4. The specialized United Nations agency has been headquartered in Québec’s largest city ever since its creation in 1947. Its mission is to promote the safe and orderly development of international civil aviation, in collaboration with its member states.
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