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PASCO Counsil of Directors Meeting prepares for 2020 Pacific Regional Aviation Ministers Meeting

PORT VILA, Vanuatu: Strengthening regional civil aviation safety and security outcomes for Pacific Islands was discussed this week at the biannual Pacific Aviation Safety Office (PASO) Council of Directors meeting in Port Vila.

Over 60 Pacific region and international delegates, including Council Members representing the 10 Pacific Island signatories to the Pacific Islands Civil Aviation Safety and Security Treaty (PICASST), were in attendance at the PASO Council Meeting from 9 to 12 December. 

The Council was joined by Pacific government civil aviation authorities’ representatives from Cook Islands, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu. The governments of  Australia, Fiji, and New Zealand, the Pacific Island Forum Secretariat (PIFS), the World Bank, and Asian Development Bank (ADB), together with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), Airways New Zealand, Association of South Pacific Airlines (ASPA), Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore, the United States of America’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and PASO’s civil aviation inspectors attended.

“This is the largest delegation to a PASO Council meeting and is a strong indicator of the increased trust and confidence that PASO is heading in the right direction,” said Mr. Wilson Sagati, PASO Chairman.
The PASO Council meeting is the first steps taken following the Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting in Tuvalu in August this year, where Leaders endorsed the convening of a Regional Aviation Ministers Meeting (RAMM) scheduled for March 2020 in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.


PHOTO ONE: Pacific Aviation Safety Office (PASO) Council Members and international delegates at the December 2019 PASO Council of Directors Meeting in Port Vila. Photo Credit: PASO

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