Kazakhstan receives ICAO award for progress in resolving aviation security

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan received Sept. 25 International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Council President Certificate for progress in resolving aviation security and oversight deficiencies at the 40th ICAO assembly in Montreal, Canada.

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The ICAO council recognised Kazakhstan among 17 countries with the biggest aviation safety progress in 2019.

“These awards, established by the ICAO Council in support of our ongoing No Country Left Behind initiative, have been developed in order to more publicly acknowledge and encourage States’ commitment and progress in making our global network even safer and more secure than it is today,” said ICAO Council President Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu. 

ICAO Council President Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu awarding the representative of Kazakh Ministry of Industry and Infrastructural Development’s Civil Aviation Committee. Photo credit: Civil Aviation Committee Telegram channel.

ICAO Commission evaluates countries’ results of the recent years in aviation security development and how well they meet ICAO standards and recommended practices (SARPs), policies, plans and programmes. 

The Kazakh Ministry of Industry and Infrastructural Development’s Civil Aviation Committee has done comprehensive work in aviation security development.

According to an ICAO November 2017 audit, Kazakhstan shows high results at 83 percent, which is 11 percent higher than the global average for aviation security. Kazakhstan improved 21 percent compared to the 2009 audit.

The Kazakh government improved legislation and ensured timely implementation of ICAO SARPs in aviation security. The government decree developed and approved the National Aviation Security Programme with all the latest SARPs. In 2018 and 2019, the Kazakh government revised and amended three resolutions and eight orders of the minister in charge of aviation security.

The Civil Aviation Committee collaborates with the aviation authorities of neighbouring countries. From 2017 to 2019, Kazakhstan has been organising experience exchange programmes with Georgia and Uzbekistan and providing consulting assistance to Tajikistan. The committee regularly organises trainings for specialists from countries of Central Asia and Caucasus in Almaty.

The committee participated in international conferences and seminars held under the auspices of ICAO Regional Aviation Security Bureau.

The ICAO assembly is the organisation’s sovereign body that meets at least once every three years. ICAO’s 193 member countries and a large number of international organisations are invited to the assembly, which establishes the worldwide policy of the organisation for the upcoming triennium.

The Kazakh delegation and Canadian aviation authority also discussed Sept. 27 bilateral cooperation in international air transportation, the agreement on air traffic between the two parties and the matters of an agreement between their air carriers on air transport cooperation during a meeting in Montreal. 

The Canadian delegation included representatives from the Department of Foreign Affairs, the Department of Transportation and the Canadian Transportation Agency.

The Canadian aviation authority plans to visit Kazakhstan to improve the process of sharing experience and working methods in October.