As part of Jordan's privatisation scheme, the government said it was ready to restructure the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and operate the three national airports on a commercial basis. “The cabinet has agreed in principle to grant the authority financial and administrative autonomy,” Jihad Irsheid, CAA head said.
“That, however, will only be the first step, towards achieving the main goal; revamping the financial and administrative systems, and amending the tender and investment laws,” he added.
In a recent meeting, the CAA board of directors suggested officials give incentives to employees leaving their jobs, especially in the aviation and information technology departments.
CAA revenues from air traffic and navigation stand at JD13 million annually in addition to around JD2 million from various investments inside the airport.
In light of the recent privatisation moves, this figure is expected to double from potential investors.
“The current government is pro-privatisation... and investors are ready with money to invest,” Irsheid told the Jordan Times.
The authority has formed a special committee entrusted with privatising the Queen Noor Technical College after it gets the green light from the cabinet.
“More than 50 to 60 per cent of students are from outside Jordan, we should have flexibility in dealing with the requirements of these students. A freehand in marketing, training, opening of new classes are all needed prerequisite,” Irshied said.
The college's revenues have increased during the past couple of years, after it was accredited by regional and international civil aviation authorities, as a training centre.
Feasibility studies will be conducted in the near future for the privatisation process in cooperation with consultancy firms, according to Tayseer Taji, dean of the Queen Noor Technical College.
“We have a dream of making this college a nucleus of universities, which will serve the entire region,” he added.
“It is still too early to talk about investors, as both the authority and college still have a lot of work to do,” an industry source said. “All I can say is that this will be a big accomplishment, and the timing is perfect ,” he added. ― (Jordan Times)
By Dana Abu Sham
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