The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) has signed new training Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) with the Agency for Air Navigation Safety in Africa and Madagascar (ASECNA) and the Central American Corporation for Air Navigation Services (COCESNA). The MOUs outline the framework agreement for the provision of aviation training by CAAS at the aviation training academies of ASECNA and COCESNA as well as the mutual sharing of aviation knowledge.
Under the MOUs, CAAS, through its training arm – the Singapore Aviation Academy will deliver training programmes in the areas of air traffic management and aviation safety at the training units of ASECNA and COCESNA. The training programmes based on international aviation requirements and industry best practices will address competency gaps and seek to advance civil aviation in these regions.
Mr Kevin Shum, Director-General of CAAS said, “Civil aviation in Africa and Latin America is growing strongly. Both regions will need to attract and train more aviation personnel to support the rapid growth in their regions. In this regard, the signing of the new training MOUs is an affirmation of CAAS’ commitment to the development of aviation human capital for the advancement of international civil aviation, in line with the International Civil Aviation Organization’s ‘No Country Left Behind’ initiative.”
Director-General of ASECNA, Mr Amadou Ousmane Guitteye said, “ASECNA is most grateful to CAAS for its commitment to aviation capacity-building on the African continent. The MOU between CAAS and ASECNA will have positive impact for both parties. For ASECNA, apart from solidifying our own needs, the MOU will help member States and even non-member States gain access to quality training at a lower cost than having to travel to Singapore for training.”
Executive President of COCESNA, Mr Jorge Antonio Vargas Araya said, “For COCESNA, the signing of the MOU brings to our professional and technical staff the opportunity to develop capabilities and abilities in accordance with the best practices worldwide in the aviation sector, and also enables the Singapore Aviation Academy, through their training programmes, to take a regional approach towards fulfilling the needs and requirements of all ICAO Member States.”
The MOUs were signed by the Director-General of CAAS, Mr Kevin Shum, the Director-General of ASECNA, Mr Amadou Ousmane Guitteye and the Executive President of COCESNA, Mr Jorge Antonio Vargas Araya on the sidelines of the Singapore Airshow on 17 February 2016. The MOU between CAAS and COCESNA was also witnessed by the Ambassador of the Republic of Costa Rica, His Excellency Jairo Hernandez-Milian.