Aviation industry receives boost, parliament passes civil aviation amendment bill

kwahuonlineradio March 12, 2019 0
Aviation industry receives boost, parliament passes civil aviation amendment bill

Parliament on Friday, March 8, 2019, passed into law, subject to the
assent of the President, an amendment of the Ghana Civil Aviation Act
906 (2016) to further improve safety and strengthen security in the
aviation industry of the country.

In a statement from the Aviation Ministry, the Minister for Aviation,
Joseph Kofi Adda noted that the amendment is to ensure that Ghana is
compliant with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)
standards.

He said, “the aviation sector is already doing well by global standards
and is ranking highly but this amendment is to further take into
consideration, deficiencies identified in various assessments of the
structures and operational systems of air navigation services and the
effective implementation of the state safety programmes and accidents
investigations.”

This is expected to lead to the setting up an independent outfit under
the Minister for the Accidents and Serious Incidents investigations in
the sector.

The amendment would also make provision for the funding of the independent outfit to ensure effective work by its personnel.

The powers of the Director General of GCAA would also be enhanced to
allow for access for accidents investigations and for information as
well as to be able to prevent flights by unqualified personnel.

The decoupling of the GCAA, segregating the regulatory function and
navigation services provision would be undertaken based on this
amendment.

With this, a new outfit for the Air Navigation Services would be
established under the amendment if assented into law by the President.

ICAO Audit

Following this current amendment, the Aviation Ministry would pursue
additional regulations that would be passed early enough for an audit by
the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) later this month.

In sum, the amendment has a far-reaching significance in terms of
Ghana’s rating improving and bringing the country into the Category 1
Status to qualify under the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for
Ghanaian flights to enter into the United States of America.

In recent times there have been major initiatives such as
infrastructural projects and systems enhancements which combined with
this legislation, in all gears up the nation to become the aviation hub
in the sub-region.




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