The Minister for Transport Kwaku Ofori Asiamah, has said, the Government of Ghana acknowledges that its continued support to the aviation sector is fundamentally crucial for the sector to maintain high safety standards and sustainable growth in line with its vision to make Ghana an Aviation hub within the West African sub-region and beyond.
In addition, Ghana continues to enhance its safety performance even after the last ICAO Coordinated Validation Mission (ICVM) in April 2019, where Ghana attained an Effective Implementation rate of 89.89%, the highest by an African State. Following this achievement, Ghana at the 40th Triennial Assembly in 2019, received two prestigious awards, the ICAO Council President Certificate in Aviation Security and the ICAO Council President Certificate in Aviation Safety. These historic achievements underscored the strong government support to Ghana’s air transport sector.
“To this end, the regional airports in Kumasi and Tamale are being upgraded into an international status. Preparations are also far advance for Government to partner a Strategic Investor to establish a Home-Based Carrier to support its policy of making Accra an aviation hub in the sub-region”, he stated.
The Minister for Transport said these when he addressed the 41st Triennial Assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organization held in Montreal, Canada. He noted that, pivotal to sustainable air transport development was an effective regulatory regime that prioritizes compliance with ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs), human capacity development, and investment in appropriate aviation infrastructure.
The Minister stated that, in line with the Government of Ghana’s open skies policy, the country continues to negotiate Bilateral Air Services Agreements (BASAs) with other contracting States to improve air connectivity in the region and beyond, boost trade as well as tourism. Furthermore, Ghana’s commitment to ensure ICAO’s compliance is manifested by the on-going construction of a modern Air Navigation Services (ANS) Centre at KIA after the decoupling of the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority from the provision of Air Navigation Services.
“The building is the second-largest ANS centre on the African continent after a similar facility in South Africa. This new edifice will modernize operations and enhance safety within the Accra Flight Information Region (FIR). These efforts by government are to ensure that our airspace remained the safest on the African continent”, he added.
Hon Ofori Asiamah mentioned that earlier this year, ICAO hosted an event in Canada to endorse Ghana’s national biometric ID (Ghana Card) for inclusion in the Public Key Directory (PKD). The successful enrollment into the PKD highlights our commitment to Annex 9 compliance and the people of Ghana are very grateful for ICAO’s leadership.
He assured participants, Ghana will continue to support African States that required assistance to improve their safety and security performance.
“We also want to reaffirm Ghana’s commitment to the cause of ICAO’s work and its No Country Left Behind (NCLB) initiative. It is our hope that States will continue to receive ICAO’s technical assistance and related interventions”, he stated.
He used the opportunity to remind Delegates that, Ghana was a candidate for election to Part III of the Council to represent the Western Region of Africa and counted on their support, given the very active role that Ghana always played in supporting aviation activities within the sub-region.