The government of Cambodia has has announced a new draft law on the re-establishment of the State Secretariat of Civil Aviation (SSCA). The aim is to modernise civil aviation technology and enable rapid development of the industry including the management structure, in order to meet the additional requirements as a member of International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).
According to a statement by SSCA, the new law was developed like those in other regional countries with regards to infrastructure and air transport with safety and security. As a member of ICAO, the SSCA must adhere to international standards in line with the framework of international obligations. ICAO has audited the Cambodian civil aviation sector and found areas that need to be supplemented in relation to the principles, management structure and the management of civil aviation.
The current SSCA has drafted a law on its re-establishment to replace the existing law, which was implemented in 1996, to enhance the process of controlling, managing and developing the civil aviation sector of Cambodia. “This is in line with the evolving environment in Cambodia and the changes in civil aviation technology for it to be more modern and in-depth, including the management structure, so as to meet some additional requirements as a member of ICAO,” the statement read.
SSCA spokesman Sinn Chansereyvutha told local media that under the new draft law, the regulator would no longer be under the Council of Ministers, but under the Prime Minister’s Office and headed by a minister. “Of course, with the draft law, there would be some updates to respond to the evolution of civil aviation and technology to ensure safe travel and compliance as we are a member of ICAO,” he said in the media report.
Currently, Cambodia has three international airports in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Sihanoukville. The new Siem Reap international airport is slated for operation in mid-October this year. It can accommodate between seven and 10 million passengers per year and handle long-haul aeroplanes. Another new airport, Dara Sakor International Airport, which is being built with a capital investment of $200 million, can handle up to two million passengers a year and is expected to be open by the end of this year.