The ICAO Technical Cooperation Programme complements the activities of the ICAO Regular Programme by supporting Member States in their implementation of ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs), policies, and procedures in all civil aviation areas through technical cooperation, technical assistance and ICAO Programme for Aviation Volunteers (IPAV) projects, as well as Implementation Packages (iPacks). ICAO implemented a Technical Cooperation Programme valued at USD 46.4 million. Under various Trust Fund arrangements, a total of 96 projects were carried out in 131 countries and seven organizations, for which relevant summaries may be found in the Technical Cooperation Bureau (TCB) Project Summary Section of the Annual Report.
Over 99.5 per cent of the total Technical Cooperation Programme funding was provided by countries that financed their own technical cooperation projects. Extra-budgetary contributions from donors such as development banks, regional organizations, funding institutions and the aviation industry, including voluntary contributions in-kind, amounted to 0.5 per cent of Programme volume. IPAV projects received contributions in the amount of USD 46 900 from the IPAV Fund, while an amount of USD 1.4 million was received from the ICAO Voluntary Fund toward technical assistance projects implemented through TCB in 2020. iPacks benefitted from USD 115 000 from donors in addition to USD 101 000 contribution from the Regular Programme.
The Programme’s annual implementation volume decreased by 33 per cent from 2018 to 2019 and by 37 per cent from 2019 to 2020, for an average of USD 32.3 million decrease in the triennium.
The three main components of projects implemented by ICAO were the recruitment of field experts and national professionals, fellowships awarded to civil aviation department personnel selected by governments, and procurement of equipment and services.