The Pacific Aviation Safety Office (PASO) has released its Annual Report for 2021 following endorsement by the PASO Council of Directors at a Special Council Meeting on Wednesday, 24 August 2022.
The PASO Annual Report 2021 provides a comprehensive account of the regional aviation organisation’s annual operations and financial performance for PASO’s Member States, the Pacific aviation community and development partners, and identifies PASO’s plans to meet expected challenges in 2022.
PASO’s programmes, activities, and achievements over 2021 are discussed and explained using high level visual snapshots together with detailed reporting. Highlights include an overview of regulatory support delivered to PASO’s Members States, achievements from the first Regional Aviation Ministers Meeting, the status of development partner funded initiatives, and COVID-19 response planning.
A snapshot of PASO’s service delivery emphasises an operational record with 681 regulatory “work days” delivered to PASO Members States despite the impact of COVID-19.
The vital importance of aviation connectivity for the Pacific’s economic development and social wellbeing is explored in an annual report case study focusing on the Cook Islands’ experience with achieving aviation compliance with the support of PASO in time for their international border re-opening.
Detailed financial reporting, including financial statements and analysis for the PASO financial year (2021 calendar year) are included to meet PASO’s statutory obligation per the Pacific Islands Civil Aviation Safety and Security Treaty (PICASST), PASO Constitution, and governance procedures.
An overview of annual performance against PASO’s 2018-2022 Strategic Plan and 2021 Business Plan is also provided in the 2021 Annual Report. The reporting in this section differs from previous years, and now presents an overall assessment of the process toward or achievement of PASO’s strategic priorities and summarises how PASO tracked against annual business planning.
“Our latest Annual Report demonstrates our commitment to financial transparency, accountability and good corporate governance and also highlights the tremendous achievements for our organisation in 2021,” said PASO’s General Manager Mr. Andrew Valentine.
“PASO continued to focus on our business continuity and strengthening in preparation for the progressive recovery of the Pacific’s aviation industry in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
“We are immensely proud of all our achievements in 2021. Operationally we achieved our highest regulatory record in living memory and this shows the value of PASO’s work for Members as an enabler for economic recovery through COVID-19, and the value of aviation for social well-being, tourism, employment, and education in the Pacific.”
“We especially emphasise our multilateral role supporting Pacific States as the Secretariat for the inaugural meeting of Regional Aviation Ministers (RAMM1) in 2021. This landmark moment for Pacific Aviation resulted in the ‘Port Moresby Declaration’ with Pacific States committing to a regional aviation strategy to take regional civil aviation forward,” concluded Mr Valentine.
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