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18.01.2005 Business & Finance

KIA equipments to be upgraded

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THE Ghana Civil Aviation Authority(GCAA) will instal new flight information display systems, close circuit televisions, baggage identification display systems, common user terminal equipment and public address systems at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) by the end of February this year.It would also install aero-bridges at the passenger terminal.

The acting Director General of the GCAA, Nii Adumansa-Baddoo, who disclosed this, said the move was to make the KIA the aviation hub and the preferred destination for travellers within the West African sub-region. He was addressing the 14th meeting of the African Indian Ocean Satellite Network (AFISNET) in Accra yesterday.

AFISNET is a group of countries in Africa and some islands in the Indian Ocean which use a common satellite for aeronautical communication.It is the first aeronautical satellite communications network to be established in the world.

Countries which use the satellite are Ghana, Nigeria, Togo, Benin, Liberia, Sao Tome and Principe, Angola and South Africa.

The five-day meeting is aimed at evaluating the performance of AFISNET, with a view to attaining improved efficiency and effectiveness in the aeronautical communications systems.

Nii Adumansa-Baddoo stressed the technical capabilities of the GCAA staff, saying since a technical and financial support agreement with the European Union ended in 2002, the GCAA had been left on its own to maintain its equipment.

He said the authority's engineers and technicians had proved capable and demonstrated great technical prowess in that respect.

He emphasised the importance of appropriate communication, navigation and surveillance equipment in the aviation industry and said without them, the objectives to promote a safe and orderly development of civil aviation would not be realised.

In a speech read on his behalf, the acting Minister of Roads and Transport, Dr Richard Anane, urged the participants to put aside self interest and in the spirit of regional co-operation come out with what would serve the needs of humanity in general and Africa in particular.

“Always have at the back of your minds the fact that we want to build and sustain a regional airspace that will be the safest anywhere in the world, one that will be the pride of Africa and the envy of the rest of the world,” the minister said.

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