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Friday, 23 October 2009

Soft aviation infrastructure...

Interesting comments from the Proflight Chief Executive, Anthony Irwin on aviation training :

“We are in a good location to provide auxiliary services to many airlines in the region, and Zambia has a pool of aviation professionals who were well trained in the 1970s and 1980s....Zambia Air Services Training Institute (ZASTI) has fairly wonderful facilities, but the institution has been terribly under-funded in recent times. I certainly believe that ZASTI could do very well because training is becoming a challenge for the industry...”
This essentially reinforces the case we made here. ZASTI must be considered as critical to aviation development. The key is to ensure that the institute is privatised to allow it to expand and grow. It has good staff and good students. We can become an exporter of pilots in the region if we made it private. That is the appropriate solution to the problem highlighted by Mr Irwin.

1 comment:

  1. Quoting:

    and Zambia has a pool of aviation professionals who were well trained in the 1970s and 1980s....

    Before the IMF told the government to stop educating people.

    What is needed is a) taxing the heck out of the mines and b) restructuring the government toward service delivery, so it goes from funding ministries and MPs to putting money into infrastructure, like ZASTI and other educational institutions.

    Right now, I think only the opposition PF-UPND even comes close to that.

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