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Friday, March 16, 2007

Regional Aviation Safety body convenes in Vanuatu for its AGM today

The Pacific Aviation Safety Office (PASO) Council convenes today for its annual general meeting (AGM) at the PASO headquarters in Port Vila, Vanuatu.

The PASO Council is made up of government representatives from member countries including Australia, Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu.

The Association of the South Pacific Airlines (ASPA), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat are also represented on the Council.

PASO is responsible for regional aviation safety oversight for its members, including that of airport and airline operational safety and security standards.

“The work undertaken by PASO is an excellent example of the region steering its own way forward in a collaborative, member-driven way,” says Pacific Islands Forum Secretary General, Greg Urwin.

Mr Urwin notes that while there is much work to be done to develop regional aviation capacity in the area of safety oversight, he is confident that a combined effort and thoughtful approach will pave the way to tangible benefits.

He adds that the potentially far-reaching benefits of aviation development are vital for the successful implementation of the Pacific Plan, the region’s development strategy to enhance and stimulate economic growth, sustainable development, good governance and security.

“The PASO Council is made up of some of the most senior aviation officials in the region, and I am confident that they will guide PASO into a positive future,” says Mr Urwin. “I wish the Chair and all Council Members a productive and successful meeting.”

The PASO AGM will discuss, among other issues, technical assistance projects to members, budget and financial reports. The meeting was preceded by a PASO Technical Committee meeting yesterday morning, also held at the PASO headquarters in Port Vila.

The Forum Secretariat provides on-going administrative, technical and advisory support to PASO, a non-profit international organisation, set up under the Pacific Islands Civil Aviation Safety and Security Treaty (PICASST).

Source: PIFS

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