Guyana, Ghana sign air ser­vices agree­ment

Stabroek News Sunday - - REGIONAL NEWS -

An air ser­vices agree­ment, ini­ti­at­ing the process to fa­cil­i­tate di­rects flights be­tween Guyana and Ghana, was inked on Fri­day.

Ac­cord­ing to the Depart­ment of Pub­lic In­for­ma­tion (DPI), Min­is­ter within the Min­istry of Pub­lic In­fra­struc­ture An­nette Fer­gu­son, who has re­spon­si­bil­ity for the avi­a­tion sec­tor, and Ghana’s Min­is­ter of Avi­a­tion Joseph Kofi Adda signed the agree­ments on be­half of their re­spec­tive gov­ern­ments at the Arthur Chung Con­fer­ence Cen­tre, where the In­ter­na­tional Civil Avi­a­tion Or­gan­i­sa­tion (ICAO) Air Trans­port Meet­ing was on­go­ing.

“With this agree­ment, the ben­e­fit to be de­rived is that we should be able to see a shorter travel time be­tween pas­sen­gers from the Caribbean, par­tic­u­larly Guyana to Africa,” Fer­gu­son was quoted as say­ing.

The DPI noted that the agree­ment was signed after the host­ing of the third African Di­as­pora Meet­ing, where a re­cent assess­ment found that it usu­ally takes more than 38 hours from a Caribbean coun­try to Africa and this ini­ti­ated the dis­cus­sions that led to the agree­ment.

Adda, ac­cord­ing to DPI, ex­plained that the agree­ment came at an op­por­tune time for the govern­ment and the peo­ple of Ghana.

“We’re try­ing to cut down the time and bring all the so­cio-eco­nomic ben­e­fit to all the coun­tries in­volved. And this is what our politi­cians can do to show there is po­lit­i­cal work and com­mit­ment,” he was quoted as say­ing.

The sign­ing of the agree­ment came one day after the gov­ern­ments of Guyana and Aruba signed a Me­moran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing that will see di­rect flights from Ge­orge­town to Aruba in the near fu­ture. (Depart­ment of Pub­lic In­for­ma­tion photo)

Min­is­ter of Avi­a­tion of Ghana, Joseph Kofi Adda and Min­is­ter within the Min­istry of Pub­lic In­fra­struc­ture, An­nette Fer­gu­son with the signed agree­ments.

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