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T&T Civil Aviation Authority Bill

Tuesday, May 02, 2000

corporations. Australia, for instance, created its Civil Aviation Safety Authority in 1988. New Zealand established its Civil Aviation Authority in 1992. South Africa enacted its Civil Aviation Bill as recently as 1998. Right here in the Caribbean Guyana has recently established its Civil Aviation Authority by legislation and Jamaica has also established its own Civil Aviation Authority.

With the preceding in mind, and desirous of reengineering the Civil Aviation Division in order that it conduct its business at its full potential, the Ministry of Works and Transport held various consultations with the division staff. We reviewed the results of various organizational studies done over the years. We liaised with other regulatory bodies within the Caribbean, particularly Jamaica, as well as the British Civil Aviation Authority, to identify the best organizational structure for the Trinidad and Tobago environment. There were general agreements on all fronts that the mechanisms, legal, administrative and otherwise, necessary for the transformation of the division into an authority had to be identified and explored. To that end, Cabinet agreed that an implementation team be established and charged with the responsibility for the reorganization of the division.

The team comprised the following: representatives from each division of the Department of Civil Aviation; the unions representing the staff of the division; the Airports Authority of Trinidad and Tobago; the Aviation Safety Oversight and Regulation Implementation Committee and the private aviation sector.

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Mr. President, the team was also charged with the responsibility of undertaking the organizational review of the division in order to outline a new organizational structure and to also establish job specifications; staffing options; salary ranges and other ancillary matters. At every opportunity, before the Chief Parliamentary Counsel got involved in the final draft, there was consultation. Workshops and retreats were held so as to gauge the feelings of the division staff and others, not only as to the Bill’s contents but also as to their feelings with regard to such a radical change.

While the Chief Parliamentary Counsel underwent the final vetting of the Bill, comments were still being received and considered from the Ministry of Public Administration, the Chief Personnel Officer and other interested parties. At all stages during the preparation of this Bill, there has been wide and active participation. It is appropriate at this juncture for us to go into the key provisions of the Bill.

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