ICAO and Singapore celebrate 10th edition of joint Directors General of Civil Aviation Programme

ICAO and Singapore celebrated the 10th occasion today of their joint delivery of the ICAO-SAA1 Programme on Aviation Safety for Directors General of Civil Aviation (DGCAs). 

In 2017, ICAO and Singapore expanded this cooperation to provide a similar programme focused on Aviation Security priorities for DGCAs. 

Senior aviation officials from countries all over the world were welcomed to the two training events at ICAO Headquarters by the Agency’s Secretary General, Dr. Fang Liu, as well as by the Director-General of the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS), Mr. Kevin Shum. 

“These programmes bring together the wide-ranging content and data which help each of you to be as effective and knowledgeable as possible when taking up your new duties,” Dr. Liu explained to the session participants. “With ICAO celebrating its 40th Assembly this year, it’s an honour to also have the opportunity to commemorate this 10th iteration of Singapore and ICAO’s joint delivery of this important DGCA programme.” 

Mr. Shum added, “Singapore is honoured to collaborate with ICAO in its ongoing efforts to enhance aviation leadership competencies. Through these sessions, we will strengthen national aviation safety and security frameworks globally.” 

The high-level executive programmes for newly appointed DGCAs were developed based on feedback and consultations with DGCAs at the 38th ICAO Assembly in 2013. The joint programmes were subsequently developed and delivered through partnerships that ICAO established with Singapore’s Ministry of Transport (MOT) and CAAS. So far, over 210 DGCAs and senior officials from 122 States have attended the safety and security programmes which began in 2014 and 2018 respectively. 

During both programmes, participants receive presentations from current and former DGCAs and Deputy DGCAs, ICAO Secretariat and experts from MOT, CAAS and the aviation industry, covering a broad spectrum of topics relating to modern aviation safety and security frameworks. Practical aspects of effective implementation are also shared through case studies, group and panel discussions.

1The Singapore Aviation Academy (SAA) is the training arm of the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS).

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