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25-Jun-2019  
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Vice Presiudent Dr. Alhaji Dr Mahamudu Bawumia
 
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The New Patriotic Party (NPP) led by Akufo-Addo seems determined in their effort to set up a national airline for the country.

Apart from being in consultation with a number of partners and potential investors including Ethiopian Airline to begin the process and building the capacity of needed aviation professionals with aviation training, it has also invested over $7million) to install three new navigational equipments to boost safety and security in Ghana’s air space.

The equipments – a Very Small Aperture Terminal System (VSAT), Air Traffic Management System (ATMs) and Very High Frequency Radio Systems (VHFRs) are expected to further facilitate the GCAA’s Air Navigation Service provision and ensure safety to commensurate with the expansion in aviation infrastructure.

Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia who made the revelation said “we will continue to make the Ghana Civil Aviation Training Academy (GATA) a Centre of Excellence to develop the needed technical capacity on the continent.”

This was when he addressed the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Regional Aviation Forum in Accra yesterday, saying “we acknowledge our primary responsibility for aviation development and reiterate Government’s commitment to aligning and integrating our aviation infrastructure development plans with an appropriately balanced development of transport modes and linking them with national and regional development plans and strategies.”

Industry Challenges

He expressed concerns over aviation taxes, fees, fuel cost and insurance, which according to him could be impediments to the development of the airline industry, aside the issues of poor access to financing means that there can be limited investments in new aircrafts.

Going Forward

The Vice President therefore stressed the need to strengthen coordination and harmonization in regional policies.

He also talked of the need to regulate access to air transport markets, as recommended in the Yamoussoukro Decision of November 14, 1999 and echoed in Single Air Transport Markets of the 2017 Solemn Commitment.

On his part, Director General of the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), Engineer Simon Allotey decried the rate of aviation accidents in Africa even though the continent carries only 2% of the world’s air travels.

He thus stressed the need for a conscious effort to make change the tide whiles strengthening good corporate governance in the industry.
 
 
Source: Daily Guide
 
 

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