Singapore and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) concluded a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on cooperation in leadership and management training. The MOU was signed by the Singapore Minister for Transport, Mr Lui Tuck Yew and President of the Council of ICAO, Dr Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu at the Singapore Airshow Aviation Leadership Summit 2014 dinner held at the Raffles City Convention Centre today.
The MOU provides an overarching framework for collaboration between the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) and its training arm, the Singapore Aviation Academy (SAA), and ICAO on the development and organisation of leadership and management training for aviation leaders, senior management and professionals. This is the third training-related MOU Singapore has inked with ICAO. The first is the MOU on Singapore-ICAO Developing Countries Training Programme (DCTP) which was concluded in 2001. It was further extended and expanded over the years and provides training fellowships and scholarships to aviation personnel from developing countries. To date, over 620 training fellowships and 5 scholarships have been awarded by the Singapore Government for SAA courses under the DCTP. The second MOU was signed in 2010, which established the ICAO-Singapore Aviation Security Leadership and Management Seminar. The latest MOU will further enhance Singapore’s contribution to human capital development for international civil aviation through training and the sharing of knowledge and best practices. An executive programme on aviation safety targeted at Directors General of Civil Aviation is being developed, with the inaugural programme planned to take place in the later half of 2014.
"This cooperative agreement will help ICAO and Singapore to bring an increased level of focus to global and regional civil aviation training needs over the near-term," Aliu remarked, "both for improved learning and human capital development opportunities."
Mr Yap Ong Heng, Director-General of CAAS, said,"Singapore is a strong advocate of developing aviation leadership and human capital, which are key to addressing the challenges facing global aviation with its rapid growth. Singapore’s partnership with ICAO in leadership and management training affirms our commitment to contribute in a meaningful way to advancing international civil aviation."