Transport Minister, Dzifa Aku Attivor, has said that Ghana remains committed to the line of partnership and regional approach in the management of aviation safety and security for the betterment of air transport on the continent of Africa.
She said that as the President of the Africa Civil Aviation Commission (AFCAC), Ghana was more than ready to promote enhanced coordination and collaboration with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to ensure that Africa countries meet globally acceptable levels of safety oversight and achieve marked reduction in incident and accident rates.
‘’ Ghana takes this opportunity to renew its commitment to collaborate with the Republics of Togo, Benin and ASECNA for the joint management of the Accra Flight Information Region (FIR)’’, she added.
The Minister made the remarks when she took her turn to address the 38th Session of the International Civil Aviation Organization conference underway in the Canadian city of Montreal.
Dzifa Attivor lauded the efforts of African governments in the last couple of years in promoting safety and security at their various airports that has led to the high number of African countries attaining the global standards in the area of aviation security.
She expressed the appreciation to the current leadership at ICAO for their commitment to the improvement of the aviation industry on the African continent, adding that it is one surest way of promoting growth and development on the continent.
According to the Ghanaian Transport Minister, her country’s aviation sector is one of the fastest growing in the world, adding that the boom is due to deliberate efforts of government to grow the industry.
She mentioned the country’s liberalized air transport environment, stable political and economic climate, as well as the high safety record of the Accra Flight Information Region as some of the strong points of Ghana.
‘’Indeed, Ghana’s aviation industry is one of the most competitive and fastest growing in the world. For example the passenger throughput for domestic travels alone recorded a 500 per cent cumulative increase over the past four years. International travel also recorded a significant increase over the same period”, she added.
The Minister said in line with meeting the tremendous growth government has demonstrated enough commitment to increase investment in the sector so as to match the upward growth with the necessary infrastructure.
She also told the gathering that as a policy government attaches extraordinary importance to training and staff development, adding that a state of the art air traffic training simulator has been installed at the Ghana Aviation Training Academy and an ultra-modern aviation training Complex is also under construction