Singapore and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) have reaffirmed their commitment to train staff to work in the aviation sector.
Mr Khaw Boon Wan, coordinating minister for infrastructure and minister for transport, and Dr Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu, president of the ICAO council, signed a new memorandum of understanding (MOU) to expand and extend the
Singapore-ICAO Developing Countries Training Programme (DCTP) for another three years from 2019 to 2022.
Under this MOU, Singapore will contribute US$2.1 million over the next three years to fund 330 fellowships and ten scholarships for the staff development programme.
The number of fellowships has increased from the 300 under the last MOU, and serves to help meet the demand from developing countries for more training places. The DCTP will continue to be jointly sponsored by the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS). Administered by ICAO, the DCTP provides fellowships and scholarships for participants from developing ICAO Member States to attend specialised aviation programmes at the Singapore Aviation Academy (SAA), the training arm of the CAAS. The recipients of the fellowships can choose from a suite of training programmes conducted at SAA, ranging from aviation management to aviation safety and security management. Scholarship recipients will attain an SAA Diploma in Civil Aviation Management or Aviation Safety Management. The Diploma programmes provide participants with an appreciation of how the various integral elements in the aviation industry interface with one another, and equip graduands with the future skills they may need.
The MOU was signed at the gala dinner of the World Civil Aviation Chief Executives Forum 2019 in Singapore.