The United States Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) on Monday signed an agreement which exemplifies the two countries commitment to keeping each other’s skies safe and secure.
The agreement was signed between United States Ambassador to Guyana, Perry Holloway and Guyana’s Minister of Public Infrastructure, David Patterson.
It signals the formalization of the terms and conditions under which the U.S and Guyana governments will engage in cooperation on civil aviation issues, including the development and modernization of the civil aviation security infrastructure of Guyana in managerial, operational and technical areas.
Mr. Holloway said through the agreement the U.S is likely to provide training for airport staff and equipment to boost security.
He could not say what dollar value the agreement will encapsulate but stressed that “our joint efforts will enhance security capacity for passengers, employees and other stakeholders involved in the airport transportation industry.”
He said “the agreement will specifically provide technical and managerial expertise to assist the GCAA in developing its aviation security infrastructure, standards, procedures, policies and training. Resources, logistical support and equipment will also be provided for airport facilities.
Meanwhile, Patterson reminded of some reservations that were expressed in the past by the TSA with the pace at which aviation security matters were being handled by the GCAA. “My Ministry and our Government see aviation as a catalyst for our economic and social growth and we are committed to the development of a safe, secure and vibrant aviation sector,” he said.
Minister Patterson asked that the TSA include the Ogle International Airport in their assessment on their next visit.
“I believe we have to have a holistic approach to the security and safety oversight of our aviation sector. Again I thank you and TSA for the continued commitment to improving our security effort.”