Ghana’s Ministry of Aviation has instituted Africa’s first aviation training association in order to train people to work in the aviation sector.
The Ghana Association of Aviation Training Organization (GAATO) is expected to work towards the goal of having a common front, an enhanced presence while ensuring effective coordination of the operations of training institutions in the country.
Speaking at inauguration of the Association on Friday in Accra, Minister for Aviation, Joseph Kofi Adda said, training and development is an integral part of the aviation sector in Ghana.
“The Ministry will always facilitate the availability of individuals with the requisite skills and expertise in line with the vision to make Ghana an aviation hub within the sub-region,” Adda said.
Mr. Adda said, there is the need to put in place mechanisms for the requisite legislation to drive training and development as well as operations of the aviation sector.
The ministry has put in place policies for the development of an Aviation Training Academy for pilots and supporting existing institutions to bridge the gap in other sectors for which critical aviation labour is needed.
He charged the training organizations to work collaboratively with the Ministry, the Agencies and other stakeholders in the industry for the development of the sector.
According to the Director of the Ghana Civil Aviation Training Academy, Charles Twum who was inaugurated as the president of GAATO; he seeks to promote harmonization and standardization of aviation training in Ghana through collaboration, expertise sharing and equitable resource sharing among stakeholders.
For Minister Adda; “Aviation, undoubtedly, will be a driver of the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) and we must position ourselves to take advantage of the benefits it brings.”
He swore in newly appointed executives of GAATO to lead the association for the next three years.