Lesotho on Friday commemorated the 68th anniversary of the Convention on International Civil Aviation at a ceremony held at Moshoeshoe I International Airport in Maseru, the capital.
The theme of the occasion was ‘Aviation: Your reliable connection to the world’.
In his address, the Minister of Public Works and Transport, Keketso Rants’o said the day is marked to raise awareness on the importance of international civil aviation in the social and economic development of states.
“The role of ICAO is to promote the safety and efficiency of international air transport… the government is aware of the challenges facing aviation in Lesotho,” she said.
She added that the retirement of airline pilots, as well as their resignation in search of greener pastures are some of the challenges facing aviation in the country, but that the government was striving to improve working conditions at the airport in order to retain and motivate employees.
Speaking on behalf of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Ron Kraybill said flying is a dream of every human being since the beginning of history, indicating that aeroplanes represent the achievement of human beings.
He said aeroplanes symbolize the human spirit and some of the biggest challenges facing the world, mentioning in particular the affordability of a plane ticket by a small number of people as one of those challenges facing the world.
He stressed the importance of cooperation in ICAO as it creates and preserves friendship and understanding among nations.
The International Civil Aviation Day is commemorated annually on December 7 to explain the role of ICAO in promoting the safety, efficacy and consistency of international air transport.
Source African Press Agency
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