Ghana won two prestigious awards at the ongoing International Civil Aviation Organization, ICAO, 40th Assembly in Montreal, Canada.
Ghana was awarded the International Civil Aviation Organization Council President’s certificates for maintaining one of the highest aviation safety and security standards globally.
The safety award is in recognition of Ghana obtaining Africa’s highest score in Aviation Safety Oversight after scoring a provisional Effective Implementation (EI) rate of 89.89 percent.
This was after the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) concluded its Coordinated Validation Mission (ICVM) on April 3, 2019, in line with the United Nations Aviation Agency’s Universal Safety Oversight Audit Programme.
The award for security is in recognition of Ghana’s high commitment to the International Civil Aviation Organization’s recommended standards and protocols on security at the Airport and Ghana’s Airspace.
Overall, 16 certificates were awarded for safety and 17 certificates awarded for security to member states of ICAO who had improved upon their safety and security standards.
President for the International Civil aviation Organization Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu stressed the need to maintain safety in the aviation space.
He said, “It is important for us to continue to remind ourselves that even in the era of innovation, Aviation safety, security, and sustainability must remain our most fundamental priorities “.
The Minister for Aviation, Joseph Kofi Ada, Director General of the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority Engineer Simon Allotey, Ghana’s Ambassador to Canada Nii Ayikoi Otoo and the Managing Director of the Ghana Airport Company Limited, Yaw Kwakwa, represented Ghana.
Mr Addah, noted that the awards were a great achievement for Ghana, which was a result of hard work and perseverance.
He further noted the aviation sector held a lot of potential for developing the economy.
“Aviation holds a lot to transform our lives. The socioeconomic benefits are there but all comes from the safety and security which we’ve been able to achieve.”
The International Civil Aviation Organization, ICAO, established the ICAO Council President Certificate in Aviation security in support of the ‘No Country Left Behind Initiative’.