Secretary General focuses on legal affairs and cooperation in Oman

​ICAO Secretary General Juan Carlos Salazar (left) and the President of the Civil Aviation Authority of Oman, H.E Eng. Naif Ali Al-Abri, at the occasion of the conclusion of a new implementation support agreement.

The second edition of the Civil Aviation Legal Advisers Forum (CALAF/2, high-level meetings, and the conclusion of a new cooperation agreement were among the activities undertaken by ICAO Secretary General Juan Carlos Salazar during his recent mission to Oman, which took place from 19-21 February 2023 and coincided with the 50th anniversary of Oman becoming party to the ICAO Convention on International Civil Aviation (Chicago Convention). The Secretary General was hosted throughout his mission by the President of the Civil Aviation Authority of Oman, H.E Eng. Naif Ali Al-Abri.

Addressing CALAF/2 in the presence of Oman’s Minister of Justice and Legal Affairs, H.E. Dr. Abdullah bin Mohammed Al Saidi, the Secretary General focused on the importance of upholding the rule of law to the proper functioning of the international aviation sector, and expressed ICAO’s gratitude for Oman’s hosting of the forum within this context. 

The Secretary General also participated in a workshop with students from local academic institutions, at which he outlined the importance of attracting and retaining the next generation of aviation professionals to the sustainable recovery and development of the global aviation sector.

The Forum was attended by 150 legal experts and other stakeholders from over 60 States.

The Secretary General met with Oman’s Deputy Prime Minister for Cabinet Affairs, H.H. Fahd bin Mahmoud Al Said, who commended ICAO’s role in assuring the security and safety of passengers and global air traffic. 

The significance of ICAO’s cooperation with Oman was also a focus of Mr. Salazar’s ministerial meetings, which also encompassed discussions with Oman’s Minister of Finance, H.E Sultan bin Salem Al Habsi; Minister of Labour, H.E. Dr. Mahad bin Saeed Baawin; Minister of Transport, Communications, and Information Technology, H.E. Said Hamood Said Al Maawali; and the Minister of the Royal Office of Oman, H.E First Lieutenant General Sultan bin Muhammad Al-Nu'mani

The new cooperation agreement between ICAO and Oman that was formalized during the Secretary General’s mission with the President of the Civil Aviation Authority focuses on implementation support. It will see ICAO provide an array of capacity development services, including the provision of international experts in flight operations, personnel licencing, ground operations, and economic regulation. The project scope also foresees the training of personnel, and the potential procurement of goods and services to support aviation capacity development, including airport and air navigation service enhancements.

Mr. Salazar was accompanied on his mission by Mr. Jorge Vargas, Director of the ICAO Technical Cooperation Bureau; Mr. Michael Gill, Director of the ICAO Legal Affairs and External Relations Bureau and Mr. Mohamed Abu Baker Farea, ICAO Regional Director for the Middle East Region; 

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