Tuesday 16 October 2012

Aviation Minister, Princess Stella Adaeze Oduah to deliver keynote address on 6th D-8 Meeting.

By Lateef Lawal.

The Federal Government of Nigeria is to host the 6th D-8 Working Group on Civil Aviation and Director Generals Meeting at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja between 18-19 October, 2012. According to the Director General of Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority[NCAA], Dr Harold Demuren in a press statement, one of the objectives of the meeting is to bring together representatives of government and private sector in the aviation industry.

This is a platform for the DGs to intermittently deliberate and discuss contemporary issues, latest developments and trends in the areas of safety, security, air transportation and training. Other areas of discussion include maintenance, airport infrastructure, airline financing and operations, investments etc. In addition, the meeting is expected to identify potentials, opportunities, challenges and threats of D-8 in Civil Aviation cooperation and collaboration. It will as well facilitate interactions and networking among civil aviation stakeholders including government/regulators, service providers, investors and financial institutions/banks etc.

As a result of the conclusion of the Terms of Reference (TOR) of four of the Task Forces at the fifth meeting of the (WGCA and Director Generals) meetings in Jarkarta, Indonesia on 8th to 9th of June, 2011, this 6th meeting will be presented with the reports of the activities of each these task forces. The Task Forces are as follows:

Task Force on safety and security
Task Force on Commercial issues (Maintenance,
Airport and Terminal infrastructure, Ground handling,
leasing etc.
Task force on Air Navigation and Air
Traffic management, and
Task Force on Training and Capacity Building.

Member countries will be persuaded to ratify the Memorandum of Cooperation between the D-8 WGCA and the International Civil Aviation Organisation(ICAO). The Minister of Aviation, Princess Stella Adaeze Oduah will deliver the Keynote address while the Director General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation authority (NCAA) will give the opening remarks. Member countries are Nigeria, Bangladesh, Egypt, Iran, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan and Turkey.

Courtesy: Nigerian Aviation News.


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