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Policy 27 May 2019

Strengthening our partnerships to ensure ‘No Country Left Behind'

The expected doubling in traffic in the next 20 years is driving the aviation community towards greater collaboration and strategic partnerships. If the industry is to meet this growing demand safely and sustainably, we must work together with all stakeholders and maximize the benefits that each partner can offer. 

IATA works closely with ICAO to support the effective implementation of civil aviation standards and recommended practices (SARPs). SARPs and industry policies ensure that civil aviation operations and regulations around the world are harmonized and conform to global norms, in turn allowing for safe and reliable operations worldwide.

In continuing our long-standing and strategic partnership with ICAO, IATA AME Regional Office hosted ICAO-MID Regional Director Mr. Mohamed Khalifa Rahma to explore further opportunities for collaboration and strengthen our partnership. The situation in the Middle East is nothing short of challenging. Political tensions, rising oil prices, the effect of trade wars and overall instability impact the way we address the industry’s growth. Recently, in response to the Pakistan and Afghanistan Flight Information Regions (FIR) airspace closure, IATA and ICAO activated a cross regional Contingency Coordination Team (CCT) to safely and efficiently manage air traffic flow disruption. The CCT assisted airlines in their operations by coordinating additional routing options.

Discussions with ICAO-MID centered around developing a strategic approach to addressing the region's unique complexities, with a focus on each country's siutation and needs.  

No Country Left Behind

Of particular importance to the region is ICAO’s No Country Left Behind initiative; the main goal of this project is to help ensure that SARP implementation is better harmonized globally so that all states have access to the significant socio-economic benefits of safe and reliable air transport. Aviation plays a major role in 13 out of 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs); a safe, sustainable and better-connected world reduces poverty. 

In support of ‘No Country Left Behind’ and in line with IATA’s priority to ensure a skilled workforce can meet the growing demand for air transport,  IATA and its 290 member airlines make annual contributions to the International Airline Training Fund (IATF), which sponsors learning and development opportunities for aviation organizations in areas of the world where it is most needed.

Aviation is the business of freedom. Realizing the full potential of aviation in the Middle East to support social and economic growth is a critical enabler of the UNSDGs.

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