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T&T Civil Aviation Authority Bill [SEN. THE HON. S. BAKSH]

Tuesday, May 02, 2000

Mr. President, the Bill seeks to create conditions of operations that shall make the department responsible for civil aviation ultimately, self sufficient, and with an additional capacity to finance growth and development; to enforce sound management and financial practices intended to ensure that obligations to ICAO and the public are met; to strengthen the department’s capability to regulate civil aviation; and in doing so, ensuring the highest levels of compliance with ICAO’s standards and recommended best practices.

Through the process of institutional reform, the division shall be given independent legal status, thus subjecting it to the same legal requirements as private firms. The new authority shall be subjected to the rules of corporate governance rather than the existing official mode of governance. The new authority shall have more autonomy and the flexibility to conduct its business in the ever-changing commercial field of international civil aviation.

Part II of the Bill establishes the Trinidad and Tobago Civil Aviation Authority as a body corporate at clause 5. The functions of the Civil Aviation Authority are set out in clause 6 and the powers of the Civil Aviation Authority to do everything necessary for the performance of those functions are at clause 7. The cumulative effect of these provisions shall be to focus the objectives of the Civil Aviation Authority and create a corporate structure that shall be capable of efficiency and flexibility.

Mr. President, Part III of the Bill makes provision for the establishment of the Board, its composition and the appointment of its Director-General. The Board will be appointed not only for its knowledge in civil aviation, but in other areas such as management, human resources development and commercial skills. It shall have responsibility for the business of the Civil Aviation Authority.

However, it shall still recognize that the Ministry and the Minister with responsibility for civil aviation has the overall responsibility for setting policy and goals through the issuance of directions while leaving the detailed planning and implementation of same to the administration. This part of the Bill provides for the appointment of a Director-General whose role shall be to oversee the day to day management of the Civil Aviation Authority. In effect, this implements the broader policy as laid down by the Board.

Parts IV and V of this Bill make provision for the proper financial planning and management of the Trinidad and Tobago Civil Aviation Authority by means of the establishment of corporate plans set around a legislative time-frame and containing such criteria as outlined in clause 15; the proper keeping of accounts

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