1. On 26 September 2022, Minister for Transport and Minister-in-charge of Trade Relations, Mr S Iswaran, deposited the instruments of ratification of the protocols relating to the amendment of Article 50(a) and Article 56 of the Convention on International Civil Aviation (also known as the Chicago Convention), at the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Headquarters in Montréal, Canada. The deposit of the instruments of ratification was witnessed by Mr Juan Carlos Salazar, Secretary-General of the ICAO.
2. The amendment of Article 50(a) would provide for the increase in Council membership from 36 to 40 States. The amendment of Article 56 would provide for the increase in the Air Navigation Commission membership from 19 to 21 technical experts. In view of the growth of ICAO membership and the expansion and rising importance of international air transport for the national economies in many countries, the ICAO has highlighted an enlarged membership of the Council would ensure a better balance in the representation of Contracting States.
3. Both amendments were adopted by the 39th Session of the ICAO Assembly on 6 October 2016. The amendments to the Convention will come into force upon ratification by at least two-thirds of the total number of Contracting States, i.e., 128 out of 193 Contracting States. As at 26 September 2022, 74 Contracting States, have ratified the protocols amending the Convention on International Civil Aviation.
Mr S Iswaran, Singapore’s Minister for Transport and Minister-in-charge of Trade Relations, depositing the instruments of ratification, as witnessed by Mr Juan Carlos Salazar, Secretary-General of the ICAO.