PASO Strategic Partnerships

One of PASO’s three strategic areas is

to ensure respected partnerships with governments, civil aviation authorities, operators, and other partners with whom PASO works to achieve its vision”.

40th ICAO General Assembly, PASO General Manager (M) meets Singapore Minister for Aviation (L), under the watchful eye of Pacific Island Forum Senior Official Ms. Tasha Siaosi

Paso general Manager (M) meets Singapore Minister for Aviation (L), under the watchful eye of Pacific Island Forum Senior Official Ms. Tasha Siaosi

PASO is particularly appreciative of these strategic partnerships and their ongoing commitment to PASO.


Asian Development Bank (ADB)

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) provided a loan of AUD 1.6 million in 2007 to support the establishment of PASO. The main objectives for this strategic funding was to set up an international organisation to harmonise the legislative and regulatory frameworks of Pacific Member countries, ensure airline compliance with international standards, and establish a regional surveillance and inspection system.

Government of Australia, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)

The Government of Australia, through its Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), is providing AUD 2 million over 12 months to support Pacific aviation recovery in 2021 by increasing PASO’s inspectorate capacity and support for PASO Member States.

Announced in December 2020, the COVID-19 PASO Support Package enables PASO’s 2021 Technical Advisor ProgramThis includes the provision of expert advice from Inspectors in the areas of aerodromes and ground aids, air navigation, airworthiness, and flight operations to support Members with their annual aviation safety and security compliance workplans at no additional cost to Members.


Government of New Zealand, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (New Zealand MFAT)

The Government of New Zealand, through its Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade is providing NZD 9.1 million over five-years for the PASO Support Programme. 

The PASO Support Programme provides PASO’s Member States with continued strategic capacity support to improve their international aviation safety and security compliance. This contribution supports critical oversight operations, regional policy harmonisation and corporate governance services. It strengthens PASO’s role as the Pacific’s’ regional institution for aviation-related regulatory and policy advice.

Vanuatu Government

Government of Vanuatu

A Hosting Agreement between the Government of Vanuatu and PASO has been in place since PASO’s establishment in 2007. This agreement covers general office expenses (rent, utilities, etc.), motor vehicles, and the salaries of Ni-Vanuatu staff. This agreement is essential for PASO to operate effectively, while providing employment and professional development opportunities to Vanuatu citizens.

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International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)

PASO is a Regional Aviation Safety Oversight Organization (RSOO) for the Pacific recognised by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).  PASO provides technical aviation assistance to our Members, including sharing updates and advice from the ICAO on the global aviation industry, particularly in the areas of training and capacity development to meet ICAO safety requirements.


Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS)

PASO is a member of the Council of Regional Organisations of the Pacific (CROP) and are supported by the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS). PASO is the only CROP agency permanently based in Vanuatu. PASO and PIFS are working together to realise a virtual Pacific Regional Aviation Ministers’ Meeting (RAMM) in early 2021.

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Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO)

The Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) and PASO signed a Memorandum of Cooperation on 8 May 2019 to further strengthen the relationship between these two regional CROP agencies. The Memorandum enables increased cooperation and collaboration to further economic growth, development of tourism in the Pacific Region, and the need for safe and secure air travel.

The World Bank

World Bank

The World Bank has a long-standing relationship with PASO, starting in 2012 when it commissioned a review of PASO and the production of a Business Plan. This Business Plan set the basis for the PASO Reform Project that is funded by the World Bank. This support is focused on organisational strengthening of PASO and capacity development of Member States.

PASO Organisational Structure – highlighting PASO partners. PASO values highly strategic partnerships to achieve our vision

PASO values highly strategic partnerships to achieve our vision

Last Updated on December 21, 2021