Guyana, Ghana to explore sustainable air linkages

Ghanaian High Commissioner to Guyana, Professor Abena Pokua Adompim Busia, along with Director General Lt. Col. (Ret’d) Egbert Field, and others at the GCAA

THE Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCCA) and the High Commission of Ghana have verbally agreed to explore the possibility of creating sustainable air linkages.

The establishment of sustainable air linkages between Guyana and Ghana was among areas discussed when the new Ghanaian High Commissioner to Guyana, Professor Abena Pokua Adompim Busia, paid a courtesy call on Director-General of the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), Lt. Col. (ret’d) Egbert Field, at GCAA’s Headquarters.

In a statement, GCAA said Col. Field and Professor Adompim Busia discussed areas of mutual interest to both countries, including the promotion of air transport and the possibility of creating sustainable air linkages between the two nations.

The Ghanaian high commissioner also touched on the potential benefits which can be derived from commercial exchanges, tapping into the available expertise to strengthen legislation and improve compliance with international standards in the aviation sector and the emerging oil and gas sector.

Tourism, she said, is also an area of interest, noting that there are possibilities for the promotion and expansion of heritage tourism between the African and Caribbean regions.
High Commissioner Adompim Busia also met board member, Beverly Carrington, and members of the management team of the GCAA. Her delegation included minister and deputy head of mission, Peter Kobina Taylor, and Kwame Jantuah from the African Energy Consortium Limited.

Field said he is looking forward to working with Professor Adompim Busia and her team on the areas of mutual interest. He said it is important for both countries to benefit from each other’s expertise and skills. The GCAA director-general expressed interest in the areas of Safety Management Systems, State Safety Procedures, Security, drone use and control and technical assistance in general.

In November 2018, Guyana and Ghana signed an Air Services Agreement at the Third African Diaspora Meeting held at the Arthur Chung Conference Centre. Under this agreement, airlines operating from Guyana or Ghana will be able to fly to any destination within both countries as well as provide any number of services between both countries and beyond to any third country, with no restrictions on capacity, frequency, aircraft type and routing. Further, in December 2018, Guyana also signed a Technical Cooperation Agreement with Ghana for the exchange of knowledge and technical expertise in the area of civil aviation.

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