By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] – The Government of Guyana and the United States on Monday, November 16 signed an agreement that would see the US providing aid towards the improvement of Guyana’s aviation sector.
The Memorandum of Understanding between the two Governments would see the US providing aid in the areas of technical expertise in policy drafting and implementation among other areas.
Minister of Public Infrastructure, David Patterson said that in earlier discussions with the US, he had advocated for technical assistance for regulatory and oversight of Guyana’s aviation and maritime sectors.
“My Ministry and our Government see aviation as a catalyst for our economic and social growth and we are committed to the development of a safe, secure and vibrant aviation sector. The continued partnership between our Governments is necessary for the growth of our international aviation activities, particularly, connectivity between US destinations and Guyana,” said Patterson.
The agreement comes after the Transport Safety Administration (TSA) expressed reservations with the pace at which aviation security matters were being handled by the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA).
“It is needed not only for us to satisfy your requirements, but one that will also assist us significantly in meeting ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices. I know the TSA has been working closely with the GCAA and the CJIA, and I have asked that we include Ogle International Airport in their assessment on their next visit,” the Minister noted.
Meanwhile, US Ambassador to Guyana, Perry Holloway stated the agreement formalizes the terms and conditions under which Guyana and the US will engage in cooperation on civil aviation issues.
He stated that specifically, the agreement will “provide technical and managerial expertise to assist the GCAA in developing, improving, and operating its civil aviation security infrastructure, standards, procedures, policies, training and equipment.”
It will also provide resources and logistical support.