Pacific Region: Establishment of the Pacific Aviation Safety Office Project
Validates the completion report's assessment of the project, which aimed at improving aviation safety and security based on regional cooperation, shared capacity, and economies of scale. IED overall assessment: Successful
The modernization of air transport in the Pacific developing member countries (DMCs) was considered crucial for promoting trade and tourism, which in turn would enable economic growth and reduce poverty. The Pacific DMCs were the base of operations for 43 air transport operators, with 266 aircraft and nearly 4,000 licensed personnel. However, because national airline industries were often fragmented, national capacity for safety and security regulation and oversight was difficult to develop. Most of these countries did not have qualified inspectors in key areas and relied on other countries with more advanced aviation sectors for contracted services. Additionally, audits conducted under the Universal Safety Oversight Audit Program of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) showed major deficiencies in meeting standards and recommended practices (SARPs), making international air travel in this region relatively unsafe and less secure.
In this light, aviation ministers of the Pacific Islands Forum mandated the creation of a collaborative regional aviation safety oversight program to establish regional capacity and enable economies of scale through capacity sharing, leading to financial sustainability. The result was the Pacific Aviation Safety Office (PASO), an initiative aimed at improving the safety of regional air transport services in the Pacific and strengthening regional capacities to deal with multifarious issues.
This ADB loan was the central element in a carefully prepared strategy led by PASO's multinational Council of Directors to enable the body to come into operation, recruit key staff, and undertake the much-needed services. The expected impact of the project was for the Pacific aviation sector to meet all international requirements for safety and security regulation and oversight. Its envisaged outcome was an effective and sustainable approach to improving aviation safety and security based on regional cooperation, shared capacity, and economies of scale. IED overall assessment: Successful
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