KOICA and SSCA to Inaugurate the Civil Aviation Training Center
Phnom Penh: The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and the State Secretariat of Civil Aviation (SSCA) launched an inauguration ceremony to finalize the official handover and takeover of the Civil Aviation Training Center (CATC), the fruition of the project on “The Establishment of Civil Aviation Training Center (CATC) in Cambodia”, to the State Secretariat of Civil Aviation (SSCA) which took place on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 on the grounds of Phnom Penh International Airport.
Three and a half years after signing a Record of Discussions (RoD) on the project, the Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) in Cambodia handed over a $10.10 million aviation training center to the Cambodian government. CATC was designed to develop the Kingdom’s economy, improve capacity and human resources in the civil aviation field and ensure security, safety and high-quality air transportation service.
It is to recall that the objectives of the project are: 1) to contribute to the sustainable socioeconomic development of the Royal Government of Cambodia through the establishment of the CATC and its related capacity building programs to ensure safe, secure, efficient, and cost-effective international and domestic air transportation services, at international standards of performance; and 2) to improve the quality and quantity of human resources and institutional capability in Cambodia for effective management of the civil aviation sector.
Addressing to the event, H.E. Chung Woo Yong, Vice President of KOICA, mentioned that Cambodian government used to highly depend on other countries with high cost for civil aviation training on air traffic control, air navigation safety facility management, and airport security and operation. Furthermore, H.E. Chung Woo Yong emphasized that we therefore have made many great strides together in laying foundations for systems of the training. Specifically, through cutting-edge training facilities and management programs, it has been possible to train a relatively large number of people and ensure safe and secure air transportation services gaining trust in the international community. This project would result in aviation industrial development and increase in tourists that could ultimately contribute to the development at national level.
H.E. Chung Woo Yong added that the partnership between Cambodia and Korea, significant improvements have been made in political, economic and cultural aspects. The fact that Cambodia has come in third place among one hundred countries to which KOICA has provided development aid last year is indicative of our work and commitment here in Cambodia. KOICA has been supporting projects not only in health, rural development, transportation, and education sector, but also in economic and cultural sector with the amount of $200 million for the last 25 years and we are confident that these projects have greatly contributed to the development in Cambodia. With the implementation of these projects, we have maintained friendly relations between Cambodia and Korea, while promoting substantive and solid partnership between two countries.
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