The PASO Council

The PASO Council consists of government representatives from PASO’s 10 Member States and PICASST signatories: Cook Islands, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu. Associate Members of PASO are Australia, Fiji and New Zealand.

Observer organisations to the PASO Council are: Airways New Zealand, Asian Development Bank (ADB), Association of South Pacific Airlines (ASPA), International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS), United States Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) and the World Bank.

Pacific Aviation Safety Office (PASO) Council Members and international delegates at the December 2019 PASO Council of Directors Meeting in Port Vila.

Pacific Aviation Safety Office (PASO) Council Members and international delegates at the December 2019 PASO Council of Directors Meeting in Port Vila. Credit: paso.aero

PASO Governance

The Council is PASO’s prime governing body and is accountable to PASO’s Member States for the advancement of PASO’s objectives.

The PASO Council sets PASO’s overall vision, purpose and strategies in keeping with the PICASST. It also sets and assesses the achievement of the annual business objectives of the PASO Office, in accordance with PASO’s Strategic Plan.

The Council appoints a General Manager who manages the daily affairs of PASO.

Members States have full voting rights at PASO Council meetings, while Associate Members participate at the invitation of the PASO Council but do not carry a formal vote.

PASO Council Committees

The Council is ultimately responsible for the management of PASO’s financial and business affairs.

At the PASO Annual General Meeting, held annually in December in Vanuatu, Council Members elect a Chairperson and two Deputy Chairpersons who automatically become the Chairpersons for PASO Sub-committees.

The PASO Financial Sub-committee and the PASO Technical Sub-committee oversee the implementation of PASO objectives and report to the broader PASO Council at PASO ordinary meetings.

The current PASO Council is chaired by Samoa, with the Cook Islands chairing the Finance Sub-committee and Vanuatu chairing the Technical Sub-committee.

The PASO Steering Committee was established to ensure PASO meets its ADB Loan terms, and now also governs the World Bank funded PASO Reform Project. This committee is comprised of four Council Members from Kiribati, Papua New Guinea, Samoa and Vanuatu, who act as guarantors to the PASO ADB Loan and reports progress to the PASO Council.

December 2019 Mr. Magele Hoe J. Viali (Samoa), Deputy Chairman of the PASO Council, handing over the early repayment of AU$400k cheque to Senior ADB Country Coordinator, Ms. Nancy Wells, with PASO Council Members Harrison Luen (Vanuatu), Mr. Michael Terim (Papua New Guinea), and Mr. Mitateti Mote (Kiribati).

December 2019 Mr. Magele Hoe J. Viali (Samoa), Deputy Chairman of the PASO Council, handing over the early repayment of AU$400k cheque to Senior ADB Country Coordinator, Ms. Nancy Wells, with PASO Council Members Harrison Luen (Vanuatu), Mr. Michael Terim (Papua New Guinea), and Mr. Mitateti Mote (Kiribati).

Last Updated on November 26, 2020