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India pledges commitment to ICAO safety goals, says Union Minister

Union Minister for Civil Aviation, Ashok Gajapathi Raju, has vowed India’s support to the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) goals of achieving constant improvements in safety, security and environment.

Raju was the head of the Indian delegation that attended the first Asia Pacific Ministerial Conference that was held in the Chinese capital of Beijing.

The two-day conference began on January 31 and was held to tackle the issue of Universal Safety Oversight Audit Program (USOAP) of ICAO.

Air navigation was a talking point of the gathering as many felt that there is no established regional plan for the future of Air Traffic Management akin to SESAR in Europe of NextGen in the United States.

The primary objective of the conference was to obtain a mandate from Ministers of the Asia Pacific region to potentially work together at the regional level to resolve issues of aviation safety, air navigation services, accident investigation and human resource development, according to an official statement.

Raju remarked that India was committed to ICAO’s purpose of performance-driven and result-based management strategies to realize improvements in the key areas of safety, efficiency, security and environment.

Substantial improvements have already been realized and are also set to take place in the sphere of providing better airport infrastructure through liberal and dynamic policy initiatives, Raju stated.

The very same statement disclosed that a high level declaration was also tackled and adopted during the event. The declaration provides a clear direction and focus towards the quick development of safe and sustainable civil aviation in the Asia Pacific region.

The declaration would offer support to the Civil Aviation Authorities of the various states to enforce the priority program with regards to enhanced availability of resources.

The declaration also sends to the travelling public, industry partners and potential investors a positive signal about the level of commitment that the states have given to improve air safety, operational efficiency and air navigation services.

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