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Nepal: CAAN to be divided into two autonomous entities

Nepal’s civil aviation regulator, the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN), is to be divided into two autonomous bodies.

Preparations are already underway to make the current CAAN into two entities – one being a regulatory body and the other tasked with the development of the civil aviation infrastructure.

Maheshwar Neupane, the Secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, explained that the reason behind the move is to make the agency more professional and effective.

He made the statement during his speech at the 19th anniversary program of the CAAN late last month.

The CAAN was established 19 years ago, and has been tasked with the responsibility of overseeing aviation services and safety, air transport and surveillance as well as the development of airport infrastructure, and air transport provided by the state as per the CAAN Act, 2053 BS.

“The professional development of the Authority and improvement of its regulatory mechanism are the topics that had been in discussion before this also.

“This step is a part of the efforts to make the regulatory body more professional and effective as per the policy and principles of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO),” said Neupane.

Neupane also clarified that the move was being done, not to put an end to the CAAN, but rather to meet the ICAO standards.

In spite of the impending split, Neupane pledged to consider the welfare of the current employees.

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