SARAJEVO, February 14 (FENA) – The Government of Japan has donated a special patrol vehicle and spare parts, which have been handed over today to the BiH Air Navigation Services Agency (BHANSA) through the BiH Ministry of Communications and Transport.
It is a special vehicle designed to maintain a weather observation system at the location of the Sarajevo Airport Approach Control Unit. Japanese Ambassador to BiH, Hideyuki Sakamoto handed over the vehicle to Minister of Communications and Transport of BiH Vojin Mitrović on behalf of the Government of Japan.
Expressing his gratitude to the Ambassador and the Government of Japan, Minister Mitrović recalled that during 2018, part of a grant was implemented in the form of a donation of meteorological equipment (model AMOS 5100), consisting of two automatic weather stations with a weather monitoring system installed at two locations – Sarajevo International Airport and at Bukovik, near Sarajevo.
“The total value of the meteorological equipment, including the training of personnel and the spare meteorological sensors of the automatic meteorological station, is about 362,000 KM. Today, the handover of the second part of the remaining funds of the donation took place, in the case of the Air Traffic Services Agency, in the form of a specialized vehicle, with a total value of about 256,000 KM (including spare parts), intended for preventive and corrective maintenance of the installed meteorological equipment, as well as for other needs of operational flight control services at the Sarajevo International Airport. Therefore, when it comes to BHANSA, the total value of donated meteorological equipment and special purpose vehicle is around KM 618,000,” said Mitrović.
According to Ambassador Sakamoto, the Government of Japan is donating this maintenance vehicle to assist BHANSA’s activities in facilitating connectivity and security of air transport, which also aids economic activity and mobility of citizens.
“Japan gives great importance to integration in cooperation initiative with the Western Balkans. The fact is that connectivity is the main bridge that connects people, societies, economies and countries in the future. I wish this vehicle to be used in BiH and to be remembered for a long time as one of the symbols of good bilateral relations between our two countries,” stated the Japanese Ambassador.
On behalf of the BiH Council of Ministers, Minister Mitrović handed the vehicle over to BHANSA Director Davorin Primorac, who said that the state of Japan and its people have always been true friends of BiH.
He also stressed how much this donation contributes to safety, both at Sarajevo Airport and in the entire BiH airspace, as it allows users of their services to be informed about flight weather, which is one of the key safety factors when providing air navigation services.