Kazakhstan moves to British civil aviation regulatory model

An agreement on the provision of technical assistance for the transition to the British civil aviation regulatory model was concluded between the Civil Aviation Agency International (CAAi) and Kazakhstan Aviation Administration JSC in London.

The new regulatory system will support the growth of the air transport sector and will serve as the basis for Kazakhstan’s aviation industry to become a global player, Kazpravda.kz reports with reference to the Civil Aviation Committee, Kazakhstan.

In 2015, the Civil Aviation Committee received an order from the Leader of the Nation, enshrined in the 68th step of the Nation’s Plan “100 Concrete Steps”, to orient activities on the model of the UK State Civil Aviation Agency (UK CAA) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

“This is a radically new approach to ensuring flight safety in the country in accordance with the best international practices of regulating the industry. This approach is being introduced for the first time in Kazakhstan,” the statement said.

Over the past 1.5 years, the Civil Aviation Committee has developed and introduced the appropriate amendments to the basic Civil Aviation Law and 61 by-laws.

Thus, as regards the civil aviation sector, the industrial safety regulator of JSC Aviation Administration of Kazakhstan (AAK) was created, which will ensure the control and supervision at a high international level, which creates the basis for the sustainable development of civil aviation and increase the attractiveness of air transit through Kazakhstan.

“Over the next 12 months, regulatory experts from the UK Civil Aviation Agency (UK CAA) will assist the AAK, analyze legislation in Kazakhstan and suggest ways to further incorporate EASA / EU provisions and align them with the British Civil Aviation Agency model. The second workflow will be focuses on the organizational structure of the AAK and provides guidance in accordance with the UK CAA model. The CAAi also conducted an analysis of the training needs for AAK technical personnel, “the department notes.

Speaking after the signing of the contract, CAAi Head of International Development Mattes Smith said, “We are pleased to work with our colleagues in Kazakhstan, and our team is fully committed to supporting AAK. It is impressive that Kazakhstan thinks on a large scale and we are interested in playing an important role in constantly improving it Air transport sector: Geographically, Kazakhstan is located between two huge aviation markets, so there is great potential to attract more transit connections, as well as expand its international network. The modernization of the regulatory framework will create the solid foundation necessary for oversight, which will allow Kazakhstan to receive more of the socio-economic benefits that aviation brings.”

According to Beibut Atamkulov, Minister of Industry and Infrastructure Development, Kazakhstan, the main functions of this organization will include technical control and supervision of airlines and aircraft, staff training in accordance with ICAO standards.

“From now on, Kazakhstan will be provided with technical support for the implementation of European flight safety standards by leading European experts from the UK CAA,” Mr. Atamkulov said.

Peter Griffiths, Director General/CEO, Aviation Administration of Kazakhstan JSC, noted that this agreement will allow AAK to increase the competence and qualifications of its employees, as well as adopt the best practices from the UK aviation authorities. The creation of the AAK will accelerate the transition of Kazakhstan to the international best practice of state regulation of the aviation industry. The aviation administration will provide control and oversight in such a serious area as the safety of air travel.

The Ambassador of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to Kazakhstan, Michael Gifford, and his colleagues from the Department of International Trade (DIT) in Nur Sultan provided ongoing support for the implementation of this project for both parties.

Edmund Marler, Director of DIT Kazakhstan, said, “The UK is the source of best practices in many areas, and Kazakhstan’s adoption of the British civil aviation model shows that government continues to turn to the UK for expertise and support for economic reforms. The British government is showing its commitment to strengthen our relations with Kazakhstan, and we are proud to witness the launch of a new initiative that will contribute to the growth of Kazakh of the Astana air transport sector and will provide the basis for Kazakhstan’s aviation industry to become a global player.”

The first phase of the project will begin in October 2019. It is expected that this will be followed by a second phase, involving the development of a five-year strategic plan and a plan for ensuring economic sustainability.

Source – https://www.kazpravda.kz/

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