The Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) is moving towards delivering its work plans and programmes in a more established and standardised manner, in 2018.At the Public Infrastructure Ministry’s year-end press conference last week, GCAA Director General, Lieutenant Colonel (ret’d) Egbert Field highlighted several projections that have been outlined by the agency to be accomplished in the new year.Field reported that the construction of the GCAA headquarters, which would beGCAA Director General, Lieutenant Colonel (ret’d) Egbert Fieldlocated at Providence, East Coast Demerara (ECD), would commence in 2018. The Director General disclosed that land has already been acquired to house the headquarters. The new building is expected to maximise efficiency and the day-to-day operations of the agency.Secondly, Field stated that Guyana was expected to host the third International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) African States and Diaspora meeting, which would focus on promoting tourism and air linkages between African countries and the Diaspora, especially in the Caribbean States.Further, the GCAA hopes to meet an 85 per cent compliance target on ICAO standards. In 2017, a number of successes were recorded in the local aviation sector, including improvements to the air navigation services, aviation security, aviation safety and regulations, and air transport management.Additionally, the agency, in keeping with the Government’s green agenda, is moving to store files and other critical documents and information electronically. At least 33 per cent of the agency’s work is expected to be electronically stored in a digital collection. Meanwhile, 20 new Air Traffic Controllers will be added to the profession this year while capacity-building exercises for staff will continue.
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