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US Gives $700,000 Grant to Improve Air Safety in Eastern Indonesia

BY :EDO KARENSA

JUNE 03, 2016

Jakarta. The US Trade and Development Agency, or USTDA, has granted a $700,000 assistance fund to improve air safety systems in eastern Indonesia, US Ambassador to Indonesia Robert Blake said on Thursday (02/06).

The assistance fund was granted to the Transportation Ministry's civil aviation directorate general and will be used to develop new operation system, capital investment plan and implementation timeline in order to improve flight safety and air navigation practices in Papua and Maluku.

“As a large, populous and mobile archipelago, air transport is crucial for Indonesia’s economy and its citizens, both in terms of passenger and cargo traffic,” said Ambassador Blake in Jakarta. “This grant supports the Government of Indonesia’s efforts to improve air safety and to promote economic development, particularly in Papua and Maluku.”

USTDA will also provide technical assistance to help Indonesia update its air navigation capabilities and improve overall air safety in the eastern parts of the country.

This project will get full support from the US-Indonesia Aviation Working Group, a bilateral forum to share best practices in the aviation industry.

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