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Cambodia requests France’s help to develop human resources in aviation

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Minister of Aviation Mao Havanall (right) and Thibaut Lallemand, France’s director-general of civil aviation for the Asia Pacific. State Secretariat of Civil Aviation

Cambodian aviation authorities this week sought France’s help to aid the development of the Kingdom’s rapidly growing aviation industry, particularly its human resources.

In a meeting on Tuesday in Phnom Penh, the Minister of Aviation Mao Havanall asked Thibaut Lallemand, France’s director-general of civil aviation for the Asia Pacific, to send French experts to Cambodia to train local professionals.

At the meeting on Tuesday, Minister Mao Havanall touted the impressive growth of the Cambodian aviation industry in recent years.

He noted that last year the Kingdom welcomed more than 10.5 million passengers, a milestone made possible by the good infrastructure in local airports. He also said Cambodia has come a long way in terms of improving safety standards but lamented that the Kingdom still lacks experts in the industry.

“We asked France to help provide training to our professionals by sending experts here,” Mr Havanall said.

The minister also requested that France sends experts to review local aviation regulation.

Mr Lallemand accepted the request and said the experts will arrive soon.

Sinn Chanserey Vutha, spokesman for the State Secretariat of Civil Aviation, told Khmer Times this week that Cambodia and France have been cooperating on civil aviation since 1998. In the past, France provided equipment, such as air-traffic control and ground handling equipment, and also sent experts to the Kingdom.

Mr Chanserey Vutha said this week’s meeting sought to strengthen this cooperation.

“The goal is to enhance this cooperation, particularly when it comes to human resources development and technical assistance. We also want French experts to review some aviation-related laws here,” he added.

Mr Chanserey Vutha pointed out that during the International Civil Aviation Organisation’s (ICAO) biennial review, it was found that Cambodia is lacking aviation professionals in multiple fields.

“We lack several skills: flight operation inspector, mechanic inspector, pilot inspector, personal licensing inspector, and airworthiness inspector, for example,” Mr Chanserey Vutha said.

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