Bill to re­struc­ture CAAZ sub­mit­ted to Par­lia­ment

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Business - Kiyapili Sibanda Busi­ness Reporter

AN Amend­ment Bill which seeks to re­struc­ture the Civil Avi­a­tion Au­thor­ity of Zimbabwe (CAAZ) has been sub­mit­ted to Par­lia­ment for con­sid­er­a­tion.

Gov­ern­ment has hinted on plans to re­struc­ture and split the or­gan­i­sa­tion to form a sep­a­rate reg­u­la­tory au­thor­ity and an air­ports com­pany fo­cused on air­ports man­age­ment func­tions in line with in­ter­na­tional best prac­tices.

Speak­ing dur­ing the Trans­port and In­fras­truc­tural De­vel­op­ment Strate­gic plan­ning workshop held in Bulawayo on Mon­day, the port­fo­lio min­is­ter, Dr Jo­ram Gumbo, said the new Bill was now be­fore the Au­gust House.

“In re­spect of the re­struc­tur­ing and split of CAAZ, the Amend­ment Bill has now been sub­mit­ted to Par­lia­ment,” he said.

“I am also happy to re­port that the nec­es­sary ap­provals for the ex­pan­sion of Robert Mu­gabe In­ter­na­tional Air­port have now been granted. The re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion process will in­clude, among oth­ers, con­struc­tion of three ad­di­tional aero bridges, a new fire sta­tion, a mod­ern ter­mi­nal build­ing and a new VVIP pavil­ion.”

CAAZ was es­tab­lished in 1999 as a statu­tory body to re­place the for­mer De­part­ment of Civil Avi­a­tion.

Its man­date is to de­velop civil avi­a­tion and pro­mote its safe, reg­u­lar and ef­fi­cient use in­side and out­side Zimbabwe.

Min­is­ter Gumbo said the CAAZ board and man­age­ment should seek to resolve rather than im­pede the crit­i­cal is­sue of the radar sys­tem for the Robert Mu­gabe In­ter­na­tional Air­port and other tech­nolo­gies that are meant to make avi­a­tion ser­vices ef­fi­cient.

He hailed the boards and man­age­ment of state en­ter­prises un­der his min­istry say­ing there was an im­prove­ment in their re­la­tions.

“At the strate­gic plan­ning workshop that we held in Masvingo last year, I be­moaned the in­ter­fer­ence of boards in the op­er­a­tional mat­ters of our state en­ter­prises.

“At that time I thought that there was too much in­volve­ment by the boards in is­sues within the ju­ris­dic­tion of the sec­re­tar­iat. I wish to con­fess that I have seen a marked im­prove­ment in the re­la­tions of the var­i­ous boards and man­age­ment,” said the Min­is­ter.

Mean­while, Min­is­ter Gumbo said a num­ber of cap­i­tal projects un­der his min­istry were on course. Th­ese in­clude the re­cap­i­tal­i­sa­tion of the Na­tional Rail­ways of Zimbabwe and the du­al­i­sa­tion of Beit­bridge-Chirundu high­way. — @Kiyaz_Cool

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