GHANA TO DEVELOP AVIATION MASTERPLAN TO ATTRACT INVESTORS

The outgoing Minister of Aviation has said Ghana will start processes to develop an Aviation Masterplan to better position the industry for investment.

Cecilia Abena Dapaah said the development of the Aviation Masterplan had become necessary in order for Ghana to be able to attract investors.

Speaking at the Ministry’s turn at the Meet the Press session, held at the Ministry of Information on Monday, Mrs. Dapaah said a new and updated aviation-sector master plan was necessary due to Ghana’s position in the sector, and also to help it compete for investment.

She said that all countries had been tasked to update and submit their master plans to be considered by the African Development Bank and the Kuwait Fund, among other prospective investors, “So that is being done,” she said.

The move to use the plan to attract investors is significant given the out-going Minister’s admission that inadequate funding was one of the major challenges in the sector. She said the challenge was key, considering the high cost of financing for aviation infrastructure.

Mrs Dapaah, said the Ministry had undertaken various initiatives geared towards enhancing the sector; with some successes.

Key among these is the Ministry’s collaboration with the Ministry of Finance, to abolish the 17.5 percent Value Added Tax (VAT) on domestic air fares in April 2017, in a bid to make domestic air travel more affordable to the public.

The policy, she said, was reflected in the reduction of domestic airfares, through the ministry’s intervention.