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ICAO Global Implementation Support Symposium 2022

Reconnecting the World: Runway to Aviation Recovery

Istanbul, Türkiye - 28 June to 1 July 2022

Hosted by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation of Türkiye

Welcome Remarks

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As governments gradually ease restrictions on international travel, the aviation sector is poised to rebound and thrive in a post-pandemic world. 


Demand is projected to increase over the course of 2022; however the industry continues to face prolonged turbulence on its road to recovery due to pandemic resurgence and economic uncertainty. 


These conditions underscore the need for airlines, airports, air navigation service providers, regulators, international organizations, and partners to work together to adapt to a new normal, while providing a safer and more secure and sustainable travel experience.


This will require unprecedented collaboration, greater data-sharing and more digitalization across the ecosystem, and this year’s Global Implementation Support Symposium (GISS), organized by ICAO and hosted by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) of Türkiye, will unite key aviation stakeholders in Istanbul for the first time since the onset of the pandemic, to address these critical recovery priorities and capacity building, as well as how we adapt aviation to become more resilient over the longer term.


The event will also focus on the importance of enhancing partnerships for efficient and inclusive implementation support activities, and of leveraging from the pandemic for new training opportunities.


We expect the presence of senior representatives of regulatory bodies, Technical Cooperation Partners, and TRAINAIR PLUS Programme (TPP) Members and other industry players at GISS 2022, and I look forward to you joining us for this important event.

Mr. Juan Carlos Salazar

ICAO Secretary General

Welcome Remarks by ICAO
Welcome Remarks by DGCA
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On behalf of the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure of the Republic of Türkiye and Turkish Directorate General of Civil Aviation, it is our great pleasure to host the ICAO Global Implementation Support Symposium (GISS 2022) in Istanbul, Türkiye. Taking into consideration ICAO’s leadership in developing and harmonizing the global regulatory framework; I sincerely believe that this Symposium will serve as a platform for all aviation stakeholders to exchange information and experiences with maximum possible harmonization, in line with the theme of Reconnecting the World: Runway to Aviation Recovery. 

Uniting key players of the aviation ecosystem with the participation of high level professionals, the discussions and contributions of the participants will enrich the outcomes of the Symposium, as they target significant developments in aviation, training, and digitalization. Post-pandemic, the Symposium is a unique opportunity to meet face to face with colleagues and it is clear that the GISS 2022 will result in crucial take-home messages and lessons, inspiring the next stages of aviation recovery.

Türkiye supports the capacity building efforts of ICAO in aviation training and technology within the scope of ICAO's "No Country Left Behind" initiative. Türkiye embraces ICAO's principles for safe, secure, reliable, efficient, digital and sustainable global air transport system. Türkiye is ready to provide services to other countries, such as training, on-the-job training (OJT), digital high-level human resources administrative system and technical assistance. In this regard, Türkiye will assist many States on aviation safety and security, including the civil aviation management system, digital training system and capacity building.


Currently, the DGCA of Türkiye is ready to use a newly developed Training Management System (TMS) which is supported by an automation system designed to fully meet the training needs of a civil aviation authority. Within that scope, all learning contents of these trainings have been prepared in detail according to the updated job descriptions of the personnel. Both the domestic and foreign aviation sectors will be able to benefit from this Training Management System. Türkiye commits to contribute to the aviation ecosystem by transferring information on education and technology, especially to the underdeveloped/developing countries in parallel to ICAO's "No Country Left Behind" initiative.

Prof. Dr. Kemal Yüksek

Act. Director General

Welcome Remarks by DGCA


ICAO Global Implementation Support Symposium 2022

Join us at the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) Global Implementation Support Symposium to be held in Istanbul, Türkiye, from 28 June to 1 July 2022. Hosted by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation of Türkiye, this inaugural event will combine ICAO’s World Aviation Forum (IWAF), the Global Aviation Cooperation Symposium (GACS) and the Global Aviation Training and TRAINAIR PLUS Symposium. The aim of merging these events is to highlight the Organization’s latest digital tools, key initiatives, and collaborative endeavours to support aviation recovery, innovation, resilience, sustainable development and operational solutions beyond the COVID-19 pandemic. These topics will also be discussed as part of ICAO’s efforts to support the realization of the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals set in the UN 2030 Agenda and ICAO’s No Country Left Behind (NCLB) initiative.

Interactive panels will focus on the theme “Reconnecting the World: Runway to Aviation Recovery” and include discussions on how ICAO supports Member States in the implementation of ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPS), and Global, Regional and National Aviation Plans, through innovative implementation support and training activities. The Symposium will also serve as a platform to unite current and prospective Technical Cooperation Partners, TRAINAIR PLUS Programme (TPP) Members, and other industry stakeholders, including but not limited to: Ministries, Directorates General of Civil Aviation, international and regional organizations, high level participants representing aviation service providers (i.e. air navigation service providers, airport operators, airlines), financial and development institutions, human resources departments, and project/procurement sections, and academic institutions.

About the Event

About ICAO


The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations. ICAO is funded and directed by 193 national governments to support their diplomacy and cooperation in air transport as signatory states to the Chicago Convention (1944).

Its core function is to maintain an administrative and expert bureaucracy (the ICAO Secretariat) supporting these diplomatic interactions, and to research new air transport policy and standardization innovations as directed and endorsed by governments through the ICAO Assembly, or by the ICAO Council which the assembly elects. Industry and civil society groups, and other concerned regional and international organizations, also participate in the exploration and development of new standards at ICAO in their capacity as ‘Invited Organizations’.


As new priorities are identified by these stakeholders, the ICAO secretariat convenes panels, task forces, conferences and seminars to explore their technical, political, socio-economic and other aspects. It then provides governments with the best results and advice possible as they collectively and diplomatically establish new international standards and recommended practices for civil aviation internationally.

Once governments achieve diplomatic consensus around a new standard’s scope and details, it is then adopted by those same 193 countries in order to bring worldwide alignment to their national regulations, helping to realize safe, secure and sustainable air operations on a truly global basis.

In addition to these core diplomatic and research capabilities, ICAO also serves as a critical coordination platform in civil aviation through its seven Regional Offices.

It also conducts educational outreach, develops coalitions, and conducts auditing, training, and capacity building activities worldwide per the needs and priorities governments identify and formalize.

About ICAO



The Technical Cooperation Bureau (TCB) of ICAO provides enhanced, accessible, and efficient technical help and cooperation projects and activities across the full spectrum of civil aviation. TCB provides Member States and the aviation industry effective and comprehensive solutions to achieve safety, security, environmental protection, and sustainable development in national and international civil aviation.

The self-sufficiency of developing countries in the aviation field is a key objective for TCB. The Bureau expects to improve social, human and economic conditions by improving the aeronautical infrastructure, services and environmental protection of these countries. It also aims to strengthen civil aviation’s operational safety, security, efficiency and regularity, and to contribute to the global and uniform implementation of ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs). TCB advises and assists States in identifying and planning country and inter-country programmes and project requests. It also enables States to better face the continuously changing aviation environment by strengthening civil aviation institutions.

TCB provides a wide range of services, which include reviewing the structure and organization of national civil aviation institutions, updating the infrastructure and services of airports, protecting the environment, and facilitating technology transfer and capacity-building. These services promote ICAO SARPs and support remedial action resulting from the audits carried out by the Universal Safety Oversight Audit Programme (USOAP) and the Universal Security Audit Programme (USAP). TCB offers its services under the most favourable and cost-effective conditions and guarantees strict neutrality, objectivity and transparency.

About ICAO's Technical Cooperation Bureau



ICAO’s Global Aviation Training (GAT) Section, under the Technical Cooperation Bureau, aims to lead Human Resources Development strategies established by Member States and the aviation community to ensure they have access to a sufficient number of qualified and competent personnel to operate, manage and maintain the current and future air transport system at prescribed international standards.


Established in January 2014, the ICAO GAT Section, is the focal point of contact for all training related activities. It is responsible for the planning, management and coordination of all ICAO aviation training to support the implementation of ICAO Standards and Recommendation (SARPs). 


GAT’s mission is to leverage from the latest technologies to provide high-quality training solutions for the acquisition of new key aviation competencies, at a competitive pricing advantage, enabling greater global accessibility for States and their aviation professionals.


GAT works closely with the Members and Partners of the TRAINAIR PLUS Programme to develop and deliver training to support the skills development and competency-building of the current and next generation of aviation professionals.

About ICAO's Global Aviation Training
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