BEIJING: The inaugural Asia Pacific Ministerial Conference on Civil Aviation has achieved excellent results in enhancing the civil aviation sector in the region, said Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.
The Transport Minister said the conference had adopted the Beijing Declaration on aviation safety, air navigation services, accident investigation and human resources development.
The conference was attended by some 300 people, including ministers in charge of civil aviation from 32 countries.
Liow said under the Declaration, the states were committed to progressively enhancing safety oversight capabilities and to implementing effective air traffic management systems.
He added they were also committed to establishing an accident investigation authority that is independent from state aviation authorities and other entities that could interfere with the conduct or objectivity of an investigation.
"We also agreed that to give priority to human capital development to provide sufficient qualified and competent aviation professionals to support the region's growing needs," he said after the two-day conference closed on Thursday.
Liow urged the International Civil Aviation Organisation to equally grant a technical cooperation fund to states in the Asia Pacific region for human resources development.
He added that Malaysia had signed agreements with the civil aviation commissions with European, African, Latin American, Arab and Caribbean states to strengthen, promote and develop mutual cooperation in training aviation personnel.