As government has given the indication to setup an aviation training academy, more countries have come in to show interest in training pilots among other aviation professionals for the sector.
In a meeting with the Minister for Aviation Joseph Kofi Adda on Friday in Accra, both the South Africa High Commissioner and Turkish Ambassador expressed interest of their home country to offer training opportunities to Ghanaian pilots among other professionals in the sector.
South African High Commissioner, Lulu Xingwana said, “in our view, we see Accra as a hub for the region. Because we can train technicians for the sector who can assist and help in various part of the region.”
South Africa is well known for the training of pilots for the Africa continent, among other professionals.
The Turkish Ambassador, Dr. Ozlem Ergun Ulueren, offered a letter with regard to offering training opportunities for Ghanaian pilots in Turkey.
“In terms of aviation sector, we are ready to provide capacity building to Ghana,” the Ambassador said.
Aviation Minister reiterated government’s position on setting up a training academy for pilots and other professionals. This is expected to cut down the cost of travelling to South Africa or Europe for training.
Figures show that the Middle East and Africa regions are striving for pilots, where 30 thousand of pilots will be needed in the next decade. Africa’s aviation market is predicted to top the global charts over the next 20 years.
By Joshua W. Amlanu