Montreal - On the 2nd of February of 2012, Indonesia held the ceremony for the opening of the Representation Office of the Republic of Indonesia to ICAO in Montreal, Canada. The Vice Minister of Transportation, Bambang Susantono, led the ceremony, accompanied by the Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to Canada, Dienne H. Moehario, the President of the Council of ICAO, Roberto Kobeh Gonzalez, the Secretary General of ICAO, Raymond Benjamin, the Indonesian Consul General in Vancouver, Bambang Hiendrasto and the Indonesian Consul General in Toronto, Julang Pujianto. The opening of the Representation Office of the Republic of Indonesia in ICAO in 2012 is the manifestation of Indonesia’s strong intention to actively participate in the fast growing international civil aviation.
Since the Declaration Between the Government of the Republic of Indonesia and the International Civil Aviation Organization on Enhancing Aviation Safety in Indonesia was signed in Denpasar, Bali on the 2nd of July 2007, Indonesia has achieved several progresses in the fields of aviation safety, aviation security and the services. The audit of ICAO USOAP (Universal Safety Oversight Audit Program) emphasizes these progresses. In 2007, there were ICAO USOAP’s 121 findings indicating that Indonesia’s compliance level only reached 54%. Targetting the improvement of its compliance level, Indonesia has undergone an ICAO Programme namely the ICAO Coordinated Validation Mission (ICVM). By the end of 2011, Indonesia’s compliance level mounted to more than 90%.
During the ceremony, the Vice Minister of Transportation conveyed that to implement the Declaration, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation of the Republic of Indonesia and ICAO signed a Management Service Agreement (MSA) Annex 1-4. The opening of the Representation Office of the Republic of Indonesia to ICAO in February 2012 is one of the most essential implementation of MSA.
During the ceremony, the Head of Agency for Human Resources Development of the Indonesian Ministry of Transportation, Capt. Bobby R. Mamahit and the Secretary General of ICAO, Raymond Benjamin signed the Project Document “Institutional Strengthening of the Indonesian Civil Aviation Institute (ICAI). Raymond Benjamin stressed that Indonesia and ICAO would now focus on the development of highly qualified human resources that would be valuable for the development of Indonesian civil aviation.
Subsequent to the opening ceremony, a diplomatic reception was held at the Delegates’ Lounge at ICAO Headquarters. During the diplomatic reception, Indonesia also promoted its trade and tourism potentials. Various Indonesian dry foods, which were already marketed in Canada, were on display along with Indonesian cooking ingredients, spa products, rattan, wood and batik based handicrafts. Musical performances from North Sulawesi, Kolintang, Javanese and Balinese Gamelan music, followed by dances from Java, Tari Gatot Kaca Pergiwa and from Bali, Tari Legong were presented to the guests.
During the reception, the Vice Minister of Transportation conveyed that the opening of the Representation Office of the Republic of Indonesia to ICAO in 2012 was momentous since the 60th Anniversary of Indonesia-Canada Diplomatic Relations and the 35th Anniversary of ASEAN-Canada Relations would be commemorated in 2012 as well. Within these frameworks, Indonesia would work hand in hand with its counterparts to implement more concrete cooperation.(Source: Indonesian Embassy in Ottawa)