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The Government has been given the go-ahead to ratify the agreement establishing the Caribbean Aviation Safety and Security Oversight System (CASSOS).
Cabinet gave the approval at its sitting held on Wednesday, March 3.
Minister without Portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister, with responsibility for Information, Telecommunications and Special Projects, Hon. Daryl Vaz, explained that CASSOS is aimed at strengthening the civil aviation authorities of the region by promoting the upgrading and harmonisation of regulations, standards, and inspector training.
It also serves to enhance the ability of individual states to fully discharge their safety oversight responsibilities and provide resource-sharing mechanisms to ensure that scarce technical skills are always available.
CASSOS grew out of the Regional Aviation Safety Oversight System (RASOS) that was established in 2002 as a result of a 2001 agreement by the Association of Civil Aviation Authorities of the Caribbean (ACAAC) to develop a mechanism that would reduce the cost of providing the required airworthiness and flight operation oversight services to individual CARICOM member states.