Muscat: The Sultanate of Oman marks the 50th anniversary of joining the 1944 Chicago Treaty, which gave rise to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
Since then, Oman has been seeking to actively contribute to member states’ efforts to promote the march of international civil aviation towards advancement and prosperity, acting from the vantage point that the civil aviation sector represents a core component of comprehensive development in all countries of the world.
Oman also makes use of its balanced global presence, evinced by its notable strive to facilitate solutions for international stalemates, often by hosting regional and global activities and programmes.
Oman affirms its constructive cooperation with ICAO member states and other relevant organizations to help overcome future challenges in the international civil aviation sector.
Eng Nayef Ali al Abri, Chairman of the Civil Aviation Authority, expressed his gratitude to the ICAO for its efforts to upgrade the international civil aviation sector.
Al Abri stressed that a different methodology was endorsed to keep pace with Oman’s plans in several areas.
These include augmenting the rate of international compliance, focusing on strategic projects that generate high revenues, building national competencies, attracting ventures to increase air operations to and from all Omani airports and streamlining procedures for all national carriers (Oman Air, Salam Air) to operate with other countries sharing business interests with Oman.
Al Abri pointed out that other objectives also include making Oman a centre for regional and international training in the civil aviation sector by obtaining accreditation from the ICAO, working in close coordination with all organization committees tasked with the establishing mandatory standard rules.
This is besides developing modern rules for economic regulation and attracting investment through direct contact with the international community, notably where economics of air transport, airports and air navigation are involved, he added.
Al Abri explained that Oman is bound by as many as 122 agreements with other countries of the world in the field of regulating air transport services.