GCAA HOLDS ECOWAS VALIDATION WORKSHOP FOR MEMBER STATES EXPERTS
A three day Validation workshop is being organized by the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) at the instance of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Ministry of Aviation at the Movempick Ambassador Hotel in Accra from 11th June to 13th June, 2018.
The workshop which began yesterday has in attendance aviation experts from the 15 ECOWAS member states made up of representatives from the African Civil Aviation Commission (AFCAC), the director-generals of civil aviation authorities, experts in the air transport industry, chief executive officers of ECOWAS airlines and international organizations and development partners among others. They will discuss how to stream line taxes, charges and fees in the aviation industry in order to improve connectivity in the sub region as well as review a draft report for the establishment of a regional aircraft maintenance facility in one of the member states
Opening the workshop, the Minister of Aviation, Hon. Cecilia Abena Dapaah stressed the need for member states to collaborate effectively in order to become competitive in the aviation industry. She stated that the ECOWAS region still lacked efficient, reliable and affordable air transport and this was mainly due to poor air connectivity, inadequate frequency of flights and exorbitant air tickets within West Africa. The Minister underscored the need for drastic measures to overcome the challenges in the industry. An efficient air transport, she said, would facilitate the attainment of the ECOWAS regional agenda.
Pathe Guaye, Commissioner in Charge of Infrastructure at ECOWAS said the commission has been assisting member states to provide what he called “a safe, reliable and coordinated air transport system that can provide regular air links among member states as well as explore means of ensuring an equitable access of eligible airlines to the West African air transport market”. He further added that the commission is committed to leading member states to strengthen its aviation safety and security measures, promote a viable airline industry in the region as well as implement the the ECOWAS Air Transport Flagship projects and Aeronautical cooperation.
The Director-General of GCAA, Ing Simon Allotey, also at the event underscored the need for constant knowledge sharing and stronger ties to overcome the challenges and make the industry better. He said “A regional coordination speaks with a louder voice than a single state. We should, therefore, collaborate and leverage on our strengths”.
Ing Allotey also reiterated GCAA’s commitment to adopting measures to ensure safety through conformity to international standards.