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Kiribati signs Air Service Agreement with Australia (Hon Minister Speech)
Tuesday, July 4, 2017 - 11:37
Acting Deputy Secretary, Ms Pip Spence And members of your delegation,
Greeting from the Government and the people of Kiribati. Kam na Mauri!
At the outset, let me thank you and more to your team’s effort and time in allowing us to have a fruitful discussion yesterday on the MOU and the ASA. Despite the cold Canberra weather, we manage to discuss the most mutually agreed MOU. The MOU signifies a bilateral understanding towards the operational of the ASA before its formalization by your Government.
This is our greatest milestone in Aviation history in enhancing better air travel connectivity closer to our isolated islands. Improving our Air Services is one of the key pillars in our Government’s Kiribati Vision in 20 years or KV20 and this MOU signing is very much part of it.
Under the KV20 Tourism and Fisheries are the two key priority sectors highlighted in our Government KV20, thus effective and efficient air service is undoubtedly the main catalyst supporting trade of our fresh tuna to international fish markets as well as providing international tourists smooth access to our shores. Australia in this respect is one of key priority markets for these sectors.
The MOU between our 2 countries signify strong bilateral ties and is just the beginning of the many more bilateral agreements that will mutually benefit our 2 nation’s air services.
The Government of Kiribati is keen to sign and proceed with the ASA that will bring potential benefits to our 2 sides.
Kiribati is also keen to improve the management of its airspace and look into shifting the management from Fiji to Australia. In pursuit of this plan, we certainly need the full support of Australia and its relevant department in making the cordial transition process particularly through ICAO protocols.
Furthermore, I can assure you that our Government is committed to maintain the aviation security that may cause potential unlawful interference to our aviation.
Our Aviation development and air services improvement is one of the most noticeable developments in Kiribati and I would like to maintain that momentum to ensure that Kiribati complies and connect with aviation development in our region and globally.
With those few words I am happy to represent my country to sign the MOU and discuss further on the development of our airspace management and the ASA.