The ICAO Regional Office that is based in Cairo, Egypt is responsible for serving 15 Contracting States: Bahrain, Egypt, Islamic Republic of Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.
To ensure interregional coordination, ICAO’s MID Office promotes the timely and harmonized implementation of ICAO Strategic Objectives, policies and decisions, as well as Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) and the MID Air Navigation Plan (ANP) provisions in these States. A safe, secure, economically viable and environmentally friendly air transport system is the ultimate goal of ICAO and all Member States. Coordinated efforts, through outreach and missions, help to ensure this goal is achieved. These are the missions that took place in the MID Region in November and December 2018 in support of this work.
ACI APEX Mission
Amman, Jordan, 8-9 November 2018
ACI and the ICAO MID Office partnered in conducting a Security Review for the Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA) management team on Nov 5-9, 2018 as part of the new APEX Security Initiative. ACI coordinated and dispatched an ACI Security Review Team of experts to the host airport, with the goal of improving security in specific areas of interest. The programme allows access to a pool of expertise, facilitating the mitigation of any security gaps as required by its specific operating environment. The Security Team provided QAIA with a wide range of security recommendations and best practice areas of identification for improved efficiency and better use of resources, enhancing levels of security through increased knowledge of ICAO guidance, national regulatory standards, best practices and training needs/options.
ANS/AIM Mission to Oman
Muscat, Oman, 12-14 November 2018
The mission addressed global and regional developments related to Air Navigation, in particular, ASBU implementation, the Air Navigation Strategy and MID eANP. The mission also discussed the USOAP CMA issues in Oman (ANS) and the implementation of the new provisions of Annex 15 (16th Edition) and the PANS AIM, from regulatory and ANSP perspectives.
No Country Left Behind (NCLB) Mission to Iraq
Baghdad, Iraq, 16-19 December 2018
The main objectives of the mission were to follow up on the previous missions, address issues of mutual interest related mainly to flight safety and air navigation services, provide guidance and assistance related to the ICAO Universal Safety Oversight Audit Programme (USOAP) Continuous Monitoring Approach (CMA). The mission concluded with the development of a Draft Plan of Action for Iraq to be implemented under the framework of the MID NCLB Plan.