New Zealand’s Foreign Minister Gerry Brownlee has pledged to give $11.5 million to bolster aviation security in the Pacific and secure the safety of the travelling public, most of whom are citizens of New Zealand.
The financial support is also being given to support trade and tourism in the region.
“Pacific island countries must meet global aviation safety and security standards, and this funding will provide passenger and baggage screening equipment that will help them to meet those standards,” Brownlee said.
“The aviation package of equipment and training will benefit nine countries over the next five years, and builds on our existing $2.5 million program to help Pacific island countries to meet their international aviation regulatory obligations.
“As aviation security requirements are regularly increased, upgrades to security processes and screening equipment are necessary. The new security package will be provided to signatories of the Pacific Island Civil Aviation Safety and Security Treaty, which include Niue, the Cook Islands, Vanuatu, Kiribati, Tuvalu, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Samoa and Nauru,” added Brownlee.
New Zealand’s aviation support is being carried out by the Civil Aviation Authority New Zealand in cooperation with the Pacific Aviation Safety Office.