The Civil Aviation Authority says Zambia’s civil aviation industry is destined for growth following its recognition by the international community.
Civil Aviation Director General Gabriel Lesa said the recognition is an indication that the Zambian Civil Aviation Industry is making positive strides in its operation.
Mr Lesa said this following the awarding of Zambia with receiving a Council President’s Certificate by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).
ZANIS reports that Mr Lesa who was addressing Journalists at the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport in Lusaka today, said the development is one of the biggest milestones ever achieved for the Zambian Civil Aviation Sector.
He said the award comes as a recognition by the International Community of the country’s unparralled strides for 2016 which saw the performance of the aviation sector rise to another level.
Mr. Lesa noted that the ongoing massive aviation infrastructure developments around the country propelling the sector to another level.
He explained that the ICAO President Award is given after a country meets a stringent criteria that looks at unparralled progress in the implementation of international aviation standards.
Mr. Lesa stated that the development makes the implementation of International aviation standards in Zambian safer and more secure users.
He explained that there are very few African countries which have received the award and as such the development translates into a positive effect on other sectors of the economy.
Mr. Lesa further added that the move will open up a lot of opportunities for investments in the Aviation industry that will ultimately promote Tourism, Commerce and Trade as well as Agriculture and Mining.
He noted that the award has being given at a time when Zambia was being taken off the Euro aviation ban and the development will give impetus to stakeholders to consolidate the gains.
Speaking at the same event Zambia Airports Corporation Limited Managing Director Robinson Misitala said the award has come at an opportune time when the Zambia Airports Corporation is busy upgrading the four International Airports at a total cost of over US$1.2 billion.
Mr. Misitala noted that this is the first time the country is receiving such tremendous support and commended the Civil Aviation Authority for the strides made in achieving the award.
He explained that it is time for Zambia to market itself to the International community following the lifting of the Euro Ban as the move is confirmation that the country is ready to receive more tourists.
Recently Zambia was awarded a Council President’s Certificate by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), a specialised agency of the United Nations established to promote the safe and orderly development of international civil aviation throughout the World.
The Agency sets standards and regulations necessary for aviation safety, security, efficiency, capacity and environmental protection among other priorities.