Technical Assistance

The 36th Session of the Assembly identified the need to establish a clear delineation of each Bureau’s responsibilities in order to distribute all implementation support activities across the Secretariat in a coordinated manner, thus avoiding duplication and redundancy. In consequence, the Council agreed that the terms Technical Assistance and Technical Co-operation, within the context of the Organization, should be re-defined as follows:

a) Technical Assistance is any assistance provided by ICAO to States, which is funded by the Regular Budget and/or Voluntary Funds, and implemented through any Bureau/Office depending on the nature and duration of the project.

b) Technical Co-operation is any project requested and funded by States and/or Organizations and implemented through the Technical Co-operation Bureau on a cost- recovery basis, where all the direct and indirect costs related to the project are recovered.


Technical Assistance is a major component of the "No Country Left Behind" (NCLB) initiative, which focuses on assisting all States on prioritized needs to improve implementation support under all ICAO Strategic Objectives.  

Building partnerships and pooling resources among States, international organizations, development institutions and industry are essential for collaboration on and contribution to technical assistance and cooperation for effective implementation of SARPs and policies by States with sustainable results.

The main goal of technical assistance programmes in aviation safety is to help States to minimize imminent safety risks and to implement ICAO SARPs. Particular attention is placed on States with significant safety concerns (SSCs) identified through ICAO Universal Safety Oversight Audit Programme (USOAP) activities.

Among others, the list of States which have benefited from technical assistance funded by the Safety Fund (SAFE) is available through the link .


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