GHANA COMMITTED TO SETTING UP NATIONAL AIRLINE, SAYS AVIATION MINISTER

ACCRA, The Ghanaian government is committed to partnering the private sector to establish a national airline which will restore national pride and create jobs, especially for youth, says Aviation Minister Cecilia Abena Dapaah.

The government has also started initiatives to ensure the safety and security of the country’s airspace which will meet international standards and help make Ghana a hub for air transportation in the West African Sub-region and the decision to abolish the 17.5 per cent Value Added Tax (VAT) on domestic air transport in this year’s budget is intended to create a sustainable industry, she adds.

She said this when the President of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), Dr Olumuyiwa Bernard Aliu, led a delegation to pay a courtesy call on her here Monday, ahead of the Second International Conference on Sustainable Air Transport in Africa beginning on Tuesday.

The conference will bring together stakeholders in the industry to discuss and adopt strategies to develop the air transport sector in Africa.

Dapaah said the government would continue to support air transport development by providing the necessary infrastructure and human resources. “Experts will soon come in to validate all the initiatives the government has taken so that passengers travel in safety and comfort. We also like the peer-to-peer review so that it will put all of us on a narrow path to make sure we do the right thing,” she added.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

   

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