4 Jul 2007

Nauru becomes newest PASO member

7:56 am on 4 July 2007

Nauru has become the newest member of the Pacific Aviation Safety Office, or PASO.

PASO is responsible to its members for regional aviation safety oversight, including airport and airline operational safety and security standards.

Nauru's Minister for Health, Transport, Telecommunications and Sports, Kieren Keke, recently addressed the PASO Council meeting in Canberra.

He said becoming a member of PASO symbolises a significant milestone in Nauru's commitment to regionalism.

Dr Keke said PASO membership is an important means of sharing experiences, expertise and resources in their common pursuit to streamline and progress regional aviation safety and oversight services.

The minister said that while striving to jointly achieve PASO's objectives, each individual nation's varied needs and requirements must be carefully considered throughout this important process.

Meanwhile, the Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum, Greg Urwin, says Nauru's accession to PASO further

demonstrates the demand for active participation by Pacific Island Countries in the direction that aviation safety oversight takes in the region.