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Monday, May 9, 2016, Baishakh 26, 1423 BS, Shaban 1, 1437 Hijri

Menon delivers good news on Shahjalal
Observer Online Desk
Published :Monday, 9 May, 2016,  Time : 9:16 PM  View Count : 0
Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister Rashed Khan Menon announced Monday that Australia has relaxed its ban on air-cargo import from Bangladesh.

“The Australian Government has recently relaxed the ban following improvements in the security system for cargo at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport,” Menon said, during a press conference at the Secretariat.

“The Australian High Commission in Dhaka confirmed this sending a letter to our ministry on May 5,” he added.

The Civil Aviation Minister also disclosed that on May 5, the Cargo Village of Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport attained the RA3 (EU Aviation Security Validated Regulated Agent) status, which is essential for clearing air-cargo to European destinations.

On December 19, 2015 Australia banned the import of air-cargo from Bangladesh, citing security concerns in the wake of the downing of a
Russian commercial flight aircraft that took off from Sharm el Sheikh in Egypt, where international terror franchise ISIS have a strong affiliate fighting the government for control.

It is thought, and claimed by ISIS, that they brought down the Russian plane by breaching security at Sharm el Sheikh airport and placing a bomb in the cargo.

Menon reiterated the government’s determination to upgrade the security system of the country’s main international airport to world standard. Plans are also afoot to ensure international standard security for the other two international airports - -Shah Amanat International Airport in Chittagong and Osmani International Airport in Sylhet.

Following on the heels of Australia, the UK government as well banned the direct air cargo from Dhaka in March, citing the airport’s failure to meet international security requirements.

With the UK restriction in particular hitting export-led industries hard, the government scrambled to appoint a British firm for upgrading security at the airport and training up the staff engaged in security activities.

About the restriction, Menon said he hoped that the UK government would lift their ban soon.

British PM David Cameron in a recent letter to his Bangladesh counterpart had assured that the ban would be lifted after the airport secures an independent validation certificate. The RA3 status conferred on it may play a part to that end.


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