As the international aviation fraternity gears up to observe International Civil Aviation Day today, the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) has been cited as below 50% compliance with the International Civil Aviation Organisation’s (ICAO) Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs).
This was according to statement by the acting Director General of the GCAA Chitrani Heeralal, which was issued by the Ministry of Public Infrastructure (MPI) yesterday.
The reason for this placement, according to Heeralal’s statement is due to the ongoing increase in requirements from the ICAO, such as a requirement expansion in 2005 under the Universal Safety Oversight Audit Programme (USOAP) where auditing went from three annexes to the auditing of all safety related annexes in the Chicago Convention for compliance to their SARPs. This, Heeralal indicated has “significantly decreased compliance level for many States whose aviation is low.”
Indications were also made by Heeralal pertaining to a new annex to the Convention on International Civil Aviation 2013 which saw the expansions of the audit programme that required States to review and revise their legislative and regulatory framework to ensure compliance with all SARPs contained in nineteen annexes to the Chicago Convention so as to support the effective functioning of the Regulatory and Safety Oversight agency.
Guyana’s head of civil aviation pointed out that the theme for this year’s observances “Working towards ensuring no country is left behind”, has been chosen to transform civil aviation over the next four years and that these four years are critical for Civil Aviation in Guyana and more so for the GCAA.
“Within this period, Guyana has to improve its level of compliance with ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs), which will aid in the attainment of the Federal Aviation Administration’s International Aviation Safety Assessment- Category 1″, the release stated.
As Guyana observes this day and recognises the significant development in Guyana’s aviation sector along with the efforts of all aviation personnel who directly or indirectly support this industry, and ensure its safety on a day to day basis, Heeralal urges that aviation be accorded a higher level on Guyana’s agenda so that it can be recognised as an enabler for economic and social development and as an important tool to support the achievement of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
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