A new Board of Directors of the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority was installed this morning with plan to focus more on security and safety of the skies over Guyana. Retired Lieutenant Colonel, Lawrence London returns as the Chairman of the Board.
The other members are Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Public Infrastructure, Kenneth Jordan, GCAA Director General, Lt. Colonel retired, Egbert Field, Lt. Col Courtney Byrne of the Guyana Defence Force, Professor Justice Duke Pollard, Cheddi Jagan Airport CEO, Ramesh Ghir, Sharon Beverly, Sadie Amin and Leon Castello.
In brief remarks at the installation, Minister within the Ministry of Public Infrastructure, Annette Ferguson, praised the work of the GCAA over the past two years.
She said Guyana’s aviation sector has seen several improvements and the country’s aviation ranking is being improved steadily. She would like to see the new Board continue that trend.
“My charge to you here this morning is to let us continue to work together, both the Board of Directors and the Government, rest assured we will give our full support to your activities and the programmes you have. My charge to you also is to let us ensure that the working environment is one that is free from discrimination and victimization. Let us work together in taking our compliance from the sixty plus percentage, I want to see us rise to 90% and above”.
Returning Chairman of the Board, Lawrence London, said the experience of the first Board was a great one and support was received from the GCAA and others in the aviation sector.
He said he is pleased that many of the other members of the Board are returning and new talent has also been added.
“The Board has a mission to ensure that the Authority does its work, that the skies over Guyana are safe and we are going to be vigilant to ensure that the work is done properly”, he said. London noted that the Board will not only look at small matters but will also support business and business initiatives that may involve the sector.
The GCAA Chairman said the new Board will hit the ground running and will depend on Government for its support.