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UAE civil aviation authority to train African countries.

Dubai The UAE General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) and the African Civil Aviation Commission (AFCAC) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding in Montreal, Canada.

Under the terms of the agreement, the GCAA, in cooperation with the Academy of Technical Training and the Gulf Centre for Aviation Studies, will offer training courses and grants to AFCAC member-states from 2010-12 to develop specialised human resources in civil aviation.

The MoU, which is in line with GCAA's strategic objective of strengthening international cooperation in civil aviation with various regional organisations, seeks to tackle human resource capacity building in Africa.


Pursuant to the MoU, the UAE will provide specialised scientific, technical and administrative training programmes for AFCAC member-states in order to keep them abreast of all developments in the ever-changing civil aviation industry.

The MOU comes in line with the mutual strategic goals of both organisations to support and develop civil aviation in Africa.

"We see a very strong strategic partnership with the AFCAC member states," said Saif Mohammad Al Suwaidi, director-general of the GCAA. Al Suwaidi said the GCAA would organise a number of on-site training courses in African regions covered under the MoU, with the assistance of the AFCAC Secretariat.

"Qualified and specialised human resources have always been the key factors of excellence in the civil aviation industry and have played [an] essential role in promoting this industry within the national economy system," he said.

"The UAE GCAA features high-calibre professionals who were trained and qualified according to international standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organisation," he added.

"Under this MOU, the UAE will impart its expertise and know-how in training and developing human resources specialised in civil aviation to AFCAC member-states, which will, in turn, expand the base of specialists in this field that is experiencing incredibly rapid growth," he said.

"Among others, these courses will feature themes [on] safety management systems, airport economics, and air transport industry and airline business."

In addition, the GCAA will grant the AFCAC member states fellowships to attend courses in the UAE, he said.

"We are of the firm belief that this will significantly contribute to fostering the development of the Afro-Arab aviation sector."

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Date:Apr 8, 2010
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