Canada believes that supporting regional initiatives is an ideal method of building capacity and extending the outreach of its assistance resources. Through the ICAO Technical Cooperation Bureau, Canada participates in the ICAO Cooperative Development of Operation Safety and Continuing Airworthiness Programmes (COSCAP) as a financial and inkind contributor, with its latest efforts focused on North Asia (NA). Since 2005, Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA) has contributed more than 1 million USD to this programme.
As an in-kind contributor, TCCA employees have been working in cooperation with the COSCAPs, including Chief Technical Advisors collaborating with COSCAP-NA and the COSCAP in South East Asia (SEA). Canada has also provided training in different regions, including regular training by a dangerous goods specialist. Canada subject matter experts are assigned to various locations as opportunities arise.
The Dangerous Goods Specialist delivered initial/recurrent inspector training in the areas of dangerous goods safety oversight, transport of radioactive materials, and transport of infectious substances in Bangkok, Thailand and Beijing, China. Foreign civil aviation authorities also meet with TCCA to share information on a variety of aviation safety topics.
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