SPC and PASO enter into regional aviation transport partnership


Yesterday, the Secretariat of the Pacific Community and the Pacific
Aviation Safety Organisation (PASO) signed a memorandum of understanding
(MOU) to enhance collaborative efforts between the two bodies charged
with advancing regional aviation safety and security and developing
regional air services.

The MOU serves to strengthen the existing partnership and to foster
further cooperation to address the varied issues relating to air
services in the Pacific.

The MOU is also based on a shared commitment to seek innovative
solutions and to maximise opportunities to derive benefits for PASO and
SPC members. In doing so, the MOU is founded on 11 principles of
collaboration, which provide the operational framework.

This operational framework underpins the delivery mechanism to address
seven themes - compliance, tariff setting, search and rescue, mass
rescue, regional standards, training, and policy and legislative advice
- that SPC and PASO have identified as core partnership thematic areas.
In addition, both SPC and PASO duly recognise that there are also
cross-cutting areas for programme collaboration, such as provision of
policy analysis and advice, joint resource mobilisation efforts, joint
initiatives, long-term capacity development and programme support,
technical partnerships, development of risk reduction strategies, and
development of strong monitoring and evaluation frameworks to support
evidence-based decision-making.

SPC Director-General Dr Jimmie Rodgers said, 'SPC welcomes this
formalised partnership with PASO because SPC believes in the "many
partners, one team" approach whereby we pool resources and work together
for more efficient means to implement activities for and within the
region.' He added, 'SPC, now as the lead coordinating agency in regional
transport, knows how important safe and secure air services are to
economic development and on this understanding is very keen to move this
partnership forward.'

PASO General Manager Seiuli Alvin Tuala also welcomed the signing and
added, 'for PASO, this MOU will enable us to work closer with SPC to
undertake activities that will support our members, particularly in the
area of aviation safety and security, but at the same time recognising
that we can support SPC in progressing other air services issues under
the regional transport agenda.'

The MOU took effect yesterday and will have a duration of four years.

For more information about the MOU please contact Capt. John Hogan,
Director - Economic Development Division, SPC, on email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
or telephone (+679) 3370 733.




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