MUSCAT : The three-day forum, organised in coordination with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), and with the participation of over 63 countries and 3 international organizations, aims to enhance continuous focus on issues of concern to the international civil aviation community in the legal field.
The forum will discuss a number of topics on various issues related to civil aviation, the most important of which are recent developments in air law, the work of ICAO in the legal field, aviation security and safety, crisis management, recovery of the transport sector, data privacy and the competence of legal advisors, as well as issues related to laws and practices in international civil aviation.
The opening of the forum was held under the auspices of H.E. Dr Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Said Al Saidi, Minister of Justice and Legal Affairs.
H.E. Engineer Nayef bin Ali Al Abri, Chairman of the Civil Aviation Authority, stressed in his speech the importance of keeping pace with the rapid developments in the civil aviation sector, locally and globally, and examining the compatibility of the provisions of the Civil Aviation Law in the Sultanate of Oman with the requirements of the ICAO, of which the Sultanate of Oman is a member since 1973.
He pointed out that the Sultanate of Oman acceded, in the recent period, to the Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts Related to International Civil Aviation in Beijing and the Protocol to Amend the Convention on Offenses and Certain Other Acts Committed on Board Aircraft drafted in Montreal.
His Excellency stated that the Sultanate of Oman seeks to actively participate and contribute with the member states in advancing the march of civil aviation towards progress, based on the fact that the civil aviation sector represents an important tributary in the comprehensive development of all countries of the world.
He explained that the Civil Aviation Authority seeks, through the second edition of the forum, to have a prominent role in focusing on issues of concern to the international aviation community in the legal field, and for there to be closer interaction and cooperation between specialists in air law, especially those working in international organizations and government agencies.
Juan Carlos Salazar, Secretary General of the International Civil Aviation Organization, said in his speech there studies indicate a complete return of the global aviation sector – to the number of registered passengers for the year 2019 – by the end of this year. “The ICAO has formed the Council Aviation Recovery Task Force (CART), which has developed and provided practical guidance to governments and industry operators in order to maintain basic services, safely restart the international air transport sector, and accelerate the pace of recovery,” he said.
The forum included five sessions – the first session dealt with the decision to set a global goal aspiring to achieve zero net carbon emissions by 2050; the second session addressed issues of concern to the international aviation community through the implementation of aviation laws, and discussing applicable legal measures and related issues, like protection of passenger data; the third session focused on the mechanisms of the Chicago Agreement by addressing the most important aviation disputes between countries that were presented to the ICAO Council for settlement; the fourth session touched on crisis management for legal advisors; and the fifth session reviewed the experience of Singapore 2019, and how to make a competency framework more effectively for member states.
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