Aviation watchdog ICAO in Myanmar for safety audit

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Department of Civil Aviation’s Director-General U Min Lwin delivers the speech at the event of ICAO’s Universal Safety Oversight Audit Programme (USOAP). Photo: MNA

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is conducting a safety audit in Myanmar from 10 to 21 December, under the ICAO’s Universal Safety Oversight Audit Programme (USOAP).
The audit began at the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA), with the Department of Civil Aviation’s Director-General U Min Lwin and the ICAO team’s leader, Mr. Junjian Nie, delivering the opening speeches. Afterwards, U Kyaw Myo, the Deputy Minister for Transport and Communications met the ICAO team at the Department for Civil Aviation’s hall.
The USOAP is being implemented to check whether the DCA is abiding by the recommended practices and standards for airline safety. The ICAO has sent a five-member team, led by Mr. Junjian.
The ICAO’s 32nd General Assembly in 1998 adopted the resolution to begin implementing the USOAP from 1999. The programme was verified under the comprehensive systems approach for audit (CSA) in 2010. That same year, the ICAO conducted checks at airlines of member countries under the continuous monitoring approach (CMA) for the development of capacity and safety of the airlines. Myanmar passed the verification of the ICAO’s Universal Safety Oversight Audit Programme in 2010. At the time, the ICAO team had asked the DCA to take some actions. In 2013, the team visited Myanmar to follow-up on the action taken on suggestions made by the ICAO Coordinated Validation Mission (ICVM). Myanmar passed with effective implementation (EI) of 65.92 per cent.
The current visit will be the third time an ICAO team conducts a verification under the CMA in Myanmar.

(Translated by Hay Mar)

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