Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Indonesia to be used as model to solve Philippines Problems

Indonesia ready to cooperate technically with ICAO

Jakarta, Nov 18 (ANTARA) - Indonesia's transportation ministry is ready to cooperate technically with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) whose president is to visit Jakarta soon, a senior ministry official said.

"This is a follow up to a management service agreement concluded in September 2007 in Montreal, Canada , with ICAO President Robert Kobeh Gonzalez," Budhi Muliawan Suyitno, the ministry's director general of air transportation, said here Tuesday.

Suyitno said to realize the technical cooperation with ICAO, the transportation ministry would allocate seven million US dollars from its budget for two programs over a period of three years.

Under the first program h was for provision of special experts' assistance for aviation operations. Indonesia would prepare five operation inspectors to join the program which would be launched on November 27 in conjunction with the ICAO president's visit to Indonesia.

The second program was the formation of a Civil Aviation Transformation Team (CATT) for the transformation of civil aviation consisting of international regulators -- ICAO, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), Japan and the EU, industry practitioners (Boeing and Airbus), and some aviation experts including from Indonesia.

"The team will be based at Indonesia's Transportation Ministry and be able to directly watch our work and be responsible to the director general of air transportation. They are expected to give strategic suggestions for improvements in the future," he said.

He added ICAO would use the pattern of solving Indonesia's aviation problems through CATT as a model for other countries such as the Philippines and Cambodia.(Antara)

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