FIJI TIMES 20 February 2020 – FIJI is ranked third in Oceania and 11th in the Asia-Pacific region in terms of safety oversight, Attorney-General and Minister responsible for Civil Aviation Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum told Parliament this week.
He made the statement during a request for an update on the safety and security audit of Fiji’s civil aviation conducted by the International Civil Aviation Organisation Coordinated Validation Mission (ICVM) held in Fiji last year.
“This particular validation mission is a follow-up on the onsite activities to validate progress made by Fiji in resolving safety oversight deficiencies that were identified in 2006 ICAO audit of Fiji’s civil aviation system,” the A-G said.
“Based on the visits and the reviews conducted by the ICVM team, Fiji’s effective implementation or EI, the scores of the eight critical elements of the State’s safety oversight system increased from 61.36 per cent in 2006 to 78.72 per cent when it just got completed and the report just came out on January this year.
“Fiji now is placed 11th in the Asia-Pacific region consisting of 39 countries and third out of the 14 countries in the Oceania region, only behind Australia and New Zealand.
“And indeed, we would probably soon catch up with them or indeed even beat them very soon with a few legislative amendments we need to make.”