An agreement to expand and improve aviation training in the sub-region has been signed between the governments of Ghana and United States of America (USA) in Accra.
The agreement, among other things, would support the Ghana Aviation Training Academy (GATA) in Accra, with technical assistance and capacity building towards achieving Trainair Plus accreditation from the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).
Subject to funding and available resources, the two countries will collaborate to ensure the continuation of mutually agreed training courses, workshops and other technical assistance to be held at GATA.
The Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Ministry of Transport are the two key partners in the collaboration.
As part of the agreement, an ultra-modern building at a cost of 13 million dollars with modern facilities and gadgets to replace GATA and offer training to people in the aviation industry in the sub-region, is near completion.
During the signing ceremony and inspection of the new facility for GATA, Mr. Anthony R. Foxx, US Secretary of Transportation, reiterated the government’s commitment to ensuring civil aviation safety.
He said the collaboration between the two countries was mutually beneficial to both countries and called for the strengthening of the collaboration to ensure quality training for the majority of aviation personnel.
Mrs Dzifa Aku Attivor, Minister of Transport, expressed appreciation to the US government for the support towards upgrading GATA facility and the new building for the training of aviation personnel.
She pledged the ministry’s commitment to maintain the new facility and ensure high standards in civil aviation safety.
The acting Director-General of the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), Mr. Abdullai Alhassan, said the Authority had long standing relationship and cooperation with the USA government.
He said the GCAA’s current training school was not spacious enough to offer training to more Africans.
He noted that, the new facility when completed in August would expand aviation training to lots of people in the sub-region and create jobs as well as open more avenues for people interested in the aviation business.
By Joseph Edu Archison