Accra, Oct. 18, GNA – Mr Kwabena Okyere
Darko-Mensah, the Deputy Minister of Aviation is leading a team of aviation
experts from the Ministry and the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority to attend the
13th Air Navigation ICAO conference in Montreal, Canada.
A statement issued in Accra said the
delegation also included seasoned experts from the Ghana Meteorological Agency.
The meeting, which is held every ten years is
on the theme: “From Development to Implementation,” and is being attended by
over 800 participants from ICAO-member states including Ghana.
It said the meeting would provide an
opportunity for ICAO Member States and Aviation stakeholders to work towards
ever-evolving global strategies for safety and air navigation planning,
development and implementation.
The statement said it would coalesce views of
the global Aviation community around major objectives for safety and air
navigation and set priorities for the coming years.
It said at the conference, subject matter
experts would participate in detailed technical discussions which were expected
to lead to agreement on a set of high-level recommendations in different key
performance areas of the air navigation system.
These recommendations will be submitted for
approval to the ICAO Council for subsequent endorsement by the 40th Session
of the Assembly in 2019.
It said the technical discussions at the
conference would lead to a more efficient and effective decision-making process
during the ICAO Assembly and would allow for the focus to be on strategic
issues based on sound technical advice.
The statement said Ghana would at the meeting
present a paper to support the existence of the African-Indian Ocean (AFI)
planning and Implementation Regional Group (APIRG) in improving its
contribution to regional air navigation development.
It said the functions of the Regional Aviation
Safety Group- African – Indian Ocean (RASG-AFI) include; analysis of safety
information and hazards to civil aviation at the regional level and review of
the action plans developed within the region to address identified hazards;
conduct follow-up to Global Aviation Safety plan (GASP) activities as required.
The coordination with the relevant PIRG on
Currently, RSSG-AFI activities are focused on
the resolution of significant safety concerns, fundamentals of safety
oversight, aircraft investigation and emerging safety issues such as runway
safety, controlled flight into terrain and loss of control in flight.