By: The Kabul Times
KABUL: In presence of President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, Afghanistan Civil Aviation Authority and Group 42 of the United Arab Emirates signed three contracts in the areas of security services, operation management, ground handling and aviation systems and technology, Thursday afternoon at the Presidential Palace.
In the event that the national security advisor, acting minister of Finance, Director General of AOP and a number of other senior officials were also president, Dr. Mohammad QasimWafayezada, Head of Afghanistan Civil Aviation Authority and Mansoor Al-Mansoori, Chief Operating Officer of Group 42 of the UAE signed the aforementioned contracts, according to a statement from the presidential press office.
Ataullah Nasib, Head of Investment Facilitation Unit of Office of the President said UAE’s Group 42 develop and deploy high-impact industry solutions in the sectors of aviation, energy, healthcare, oil and gas and extractive industry, adding that the company showed willingness and commitment to enter into cooperation with Afghanistan in areas related to civil aviation, mainly for Afghanistan’s four international airports, according to the statement.
G42 COO Mansoor Al-Mansoori said he was honored to have come to Afghanistan and signed cooperative agreements with Afghanistan Civil Aviation Authority in presence of President Ghani. He provided information regarding the experiences of G42 in the areas of civil aviation management and services and said the contracts signed today would create more opportunities for cooperation between Afghan and UAE institutions.
Mansoori said Afghanistan and UAE enjoy historical and friendly ties which have been further consolidated within the recent years.
Terming the contracts ‘truly strategic, President Ashraf Ghani said, “We celebrated the birth of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) this morning and signed strategic cooperation agreement with the UAE company in the afternoon.”
He added that historical and political relations between Afghanistan and UAE can be named as ‘comprehensive economic partnership’.
President Ghani said unfortunately the great potentials at Afghanistan international airports haven’t been utilized. He stressed that the government has entered into cooperation with G42 as the company has great experiences the fields of security services, ground handling, and aviation systems and technology.
The president stressed, “I am confident that officials, service personnel of airports, clients, and our people will feel the tangible changes upon implementation of these contracts.”
“Our airports are our vital infrastructures so we need to ensure standard service delivery which are essential in terms of operation management and ground handling,” added the president while underlining that export of Afghan products through air corridor should meet those standards.
President Ashraf Ghani highlighted that Hamid Karzai International Airport has great potentials to turn to a cargo platform. He added that international airports of Ahmad Shah Baba and Herat can serve as connection points with UAE and Mawlana Jalaluddin Balkhi airport can link Afghanistan to Central Asia, which altogether create a suitable network of airports.