Addressing the 53rd Conference of Directors General of Civil Aviation of Asia and Pacific States held at the Hilton Colombo today, the President said that he was extremely confident that the meeting would become a significant and crucial forum in promoting inter and intra-regional cooperation and a tool for coordination in the very important field of civil aviation.
‘My Government is committed without any reservations to upgrade, develop and maintain the domestic aviation industry in conformity with the applicable international standards. All possible measures will be taken for their effective implementation to enhance efficiency, effectiveness and economy,” he said.
The President requested international civil aviation players like ICAO to focus attention on the need to plan and develop human resources required to face the future needs of the aviation industry.
“I believe the needs of countries like ours have to get priority in such exercises. In addition, integrating business development is another area, which will benefit us and I wish you would focus on it too,” he said.
The President said that Sri Lanka also needs to improve the safety and security management systems. He said Sri Lanka has a relatively good safety maintenance record with no major incidents to be concerned with.
“Nevertheless, aviation safety remains our top priority. We regularly review and update our policies on safety and enhance technology usage,” he added.
The President also re-assured the commitment of Sri Lanka to advance the development of international civil aviation in harmony with the principles and objectives declared in the Convention on International Civil Aviation. (Colombo Gazette)