India and New Zealand
today signed the “Arrangement for Cooperation on Civil Aviation”. The
document was signed in the presence of Union Minister of Civil Aviation
Shri Ajit Singh and Minister of Economic Development and Tertiary
Education Mr. Steven Joyce of New Zealand by Secretary Civil Aviation
Shri K.N, Shrivastava and High Commissioner of New Zealand to India Ms.
Under the Arrangement the two countries will promote and support the
development of training and technical cooperation in the field of Civil
Aviation. The type of cooperative activities will include civil aviation
programmes; sending and receiving experts or instructors for training
purposes; acceptance of licenses; acceptance of aeronautical products
including but not limited to aircraft, engines, propellers and parts,
and aviation services; organization of seminars; exchanging information
on activities, policies, practices and laws and regulations concerning
civil aviation, including but not limited to safety and environmental
matters; and visits and exchanges of technical personnel or other
experts. A Joint committee of the two countries will be formed to
determine and oversee mutually acceptable cooperation activities. The
committee will also develop a Programme of Cooperation.
Speaking on the occasion Shri Singh said the designated airlines of both
sides are entitled to seven services per week in each direction,
however, neither side is operating at present. Underlining that a
sizeable population of Indian origin stays in New Zealand, Shri Singh
added that the growth of air services between the two countries will
greatly facilitate in enhancing cordial relationship, connectivity,
trade and tourism.
Later the business delegations of two countries interacted on possible
areas of cooperation in civil aviation sector between the two countries.