GCAA attends ICAN event in Colombo

Dec 13 2017

The UAE’s General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) recently attended ICAO’s tenth ICAN ‘Air Services Negotiation Event’ from December 4-8, 2017 in Colombo, Sri Lanka, hosted by the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka. The objective of the conference was to facilitate bilateral (or multilateral) air service negotiations between the ICAO Member States by providing a central meeting place for States to gather and conduct private negotiations in one location.

This year, 77 countries participated in the conference and held discussions on current trends in the regulation of air transport policies and liberalisation in line with relevant ICAO guidelines. ICAN also provides member States with a forum to learn latest trends and discuss issues affecting the aviation industry in their particular State.

During the conference, the UAE signed off a number of important MOU’s with states including, the Republic of Brazil, the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, the Republic of Gambia, the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the United Kingdom. The UAE delegation also recorded discussions with the Republic of Iraq and the Republic of Mauritius and agreements with the Swiss Federal Government and the Republic of Ghana.

H.E. Saif Mohammed Al Suwaidi, Director General of UAE GCAA, said; “The new agreements and discussions signed during ICAN will be of great mutual benefit allowing carriers increase air traffic between the UAE and the various countries which in turn will help to open up new opportunities for trade.”

H.E. Saif al-Suwaidi said: “More widely the conference was an opportunity for GCAA to identify the issues and challenges facing the civil aviation industry in other countries and to see how we can provide the necessary support to these countries. GCAA is looking forward to participating and continuing these discussions next year at the conference which will be hosted in the Republic of Kenya in its capital Nairobi in the first quarter of 2018.