The Government of Belize, through the Ministry of Tourism, Civil Aviation and Culture and the Department of Civil Aviation, joined the aviation industry in commemorating International Civil Aviation Day on Wednesday, 7th December, 2011.
The theme for this day is “Assistance and Cooperation for Globally Sustainable Air Transport”.
The purpose of the annual celebration is to establish and reinforce worldwide awareness of the importance of international civil aviation in the social and economic development of States. The role of the International Civil Aviation Organization in promoting safety, efficiency and regularity of international air transport should be emphasized in this context
The official ceremony and activities took place at the ITVET premises and activities included an open day where the aviation industry showcased their activities, display of aircraft and the recognition of past aviators and contributors to the aviation industry. A total of six persons were awarded by the Minister of Civil Aviation including John Grief II and Fernando Trejo of San Pedro.
John Greif II of Tropic Air was awarded for his outstanding contribution to Civil Aviation as on owner operator of a Belizean Airline, his award was received by his son John Greif III. Fernando Trejo was also awarded for his contributions to the aviation industry as a past aviator.
As part of the celebration of International Civil Aviation Day, The Government of Belize, through the Ministry of Tourism, Civil Aviation and Culture, also announced the launching of a new website for the Department of Civil Aviation – www.civilaviation.gov.bz .
The website is intended to provide an overview of the role, functions and responsibilities of the Belize Department of Civil Aviation, to provide necessary information and to facilitate the online completion and download of forms and applications. Civil aviation legislation and regulations are also available on the website. It is expected that this website will offer its products and services to the public and aviation industry in an expeditious, efficient and cost effective manner.
The website is also designed to assist with information dissemination to allow the public and the aviation industry the ease and convenience of web-based communications and transactional capabilities.
This is another demonstration of the Government of Belize and the Ministry of Tourism, Civil Aviation and Culture to strengthen the effectiveness and efficiency of its operations and to provide enhanced services.