TURKEY and South Africa have pledged to offer technical assistance to Ghana including training the country’s pilots.
The South African High Commissioner, Lulu Xingwana, and the Turkish Ambassador, Dr Ozlem Ergun Ulueren, made the declaration when they called on Aviation Minister; Joseph Kofi Adda.
The move is to support Ghana’s vision of becoming an aviation hub.
The Envoys of the two countries made these commitments on behalf of their governments during a courtesy call on the Minister for Aviation, Mr Kofi Adda
One after the other, the ambassadors took turns to hold brief engagements with Mr Adda to discuss possible ways they could lend support to Ghana’s growing aviation industry.
According to the Turkish ambassador, Dr Öslem Ergün Ulueren her government had already signed an agreement with the past minister for the sector to offer support in the area of pilot training for Ghanaian and therefore presented a document to Kofi Adda.
She said, “Training is one area that Turkey is also interested in offering support. So this document is to offer training for Ghanaian pilots in Turkey because we have a lot of expertise in that area.”
Öslem Ergün Ulueren indicated that the project was being supported by Turkish Airlines, one of the world’s prominent airlines.
Turkey had pumped millions of dollars in the Ghanaian economy with the construction sector alone seeing US$500 million cash injection. She added Turkey views Ghana as a key development partner with eyes also on the agriculture and tourism sectors.
The Minister mentioned government’s burning desire to make Ghana the aviation hub in the sub region is on course reiterating the administration’s position on setting up a training academy for pilots and other professionals.
“Some parties have contacted us to construct airports, others want to introduce flights while some others interest has to do with other sectors like trade,” Mr Adda stated.
Mr Adda explained that the building of airports helps stimulate the development of cities around the airports. He was delighted that the process started by the previous Turkish ambassador to have more Ghanaian presence in the aviation space is being sustained by the new ambassador.
On her part, the Ambassador for South Africa, Lulu Xingwana said her country also had a lot to offer in the areas of capacity building of professionals in aviation.
She said South Africa Airlines was looking to formalize its corporation with indigenous Airline, Africa World Airlines.
“We are willing to support Africa World Airlines in any capacity and if there’s a need, we will train their pilots and crew so they can work on aircraft’s not only in South Africa but in Ghana as well.”
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