The Secretary General of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), Dr Fang Liu, is on an official visit to South Africa, the first official visit by a top ICAO representative since South Africa became a member of the world's civil aviation administration body in 1944.

Dr Liu met Transport Minister Dipuo Peters as well as the management of the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA), Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) and various civil aviation structures and associations here Tuesday.

On Monday, Dr Liu, accompanied by the ICAO Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa, Barry Kashambo, and South Africa's representative on the ICAO Council, Tshepo Peege, visited the Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) Aviation Training Academy (ATA).

After a tour of the ATA, Dr Liu expressed satisfaction with the advanced high technology training equipment at the facility.

She said "proper training in aviation safety and security" were paramount in ensuring global passenger safety.

Welcoming Dr Liu and her entourage, ATNS Executive Peter Marais said the ATNS was working with other regional air navigation service providers to find a way of sharing infrastructure "without compromising aviation security".

Source: Nam News Network