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PNG needs an aviation policy to harness global trends

Civil Aviation Minister Lekwa Gure aims to develop an Aviation Sector Action Plan (ASAP) and conduct a thorough review of the outdated Aviation Policy 2000.

‘Both actions will be designed to drive the modernisation and enhanced performance in the sector,” Mr Gure said last week.

He made the remarks during the opening of the 6th Civil Aviation Conference in Madang themed ‘harnessing sound aviation policies and digital technology as a catalyst for socio-economic growth and connectivity’.

Mr Gure has avowed to provide leadership that is policy driven and rule based that takes into account advancing and ever changing trends in global aviation that needs to be harnessed and supported with the required regulation that also addresses issues of compliance and conformity to international standards.

“These are paramount to the industry as air transport will continue to be an important driver for socio-economic development given the typography in PNG,” he was quoted as saying in the Post Courier.

He called for developmental plans and strategies in the sector must be critically evaluated and aligned with the aspirations, policies and developmental agenda of the government.

Gure also highlighted the following as areas of priority that must be given prominence in the new vision:

· CASA PNG’s regulatory role

· Establishment of a civil aviation secretariat

· Aviation Haus

· Identification of leaders in aviation, and

· Accident investigation and the Accident Investigation Commission (AIC).

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