Participants include Costa Rica, Cuba, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Argentina, Brazil, Panama, Uruguay, Colombia, Argentina, Antigua and Barbuda, Chile, Belize, Haiti and other countries.
The Dominican Republic’s civil aviation and security authorities will participate in the eleventh meeting of the Regional Group on Aviation Security and Facilitation. Delegates, representatives, directors and authorities from 20 countries will participate.
The Dominican Republic will host the meeting, which will take place from Monday 19 to 23 of this month. It will address issues with a regional approach, in relation to the States and territories that are part of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
The event is sponsored by the Civil Aviation Board (JAC) and the Specialized Body for Airport and Civil Aviation Security (CESAC), and will be attended by Costa Rica, Cuba, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Argentina, Brazil, Panama, Uruguay, Colombia, Argentina, Antigua and Barbuda, Chile, Belize, Haiti and other countries of the region.
At the meeting, participating delegations will learn about progress on initiatives to improve the effectiveness of the facilitation committees, progress on the project for passengers with disabilities and proposed awareness and monitoring of the ICAO Traveler Identification Program (TRIP) Roadmap in the region to quantify progress on Facilitation; as well as work related to Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), and the e-passport.
The Eleventh Meeting of the Regional Group is conceived with the purpose of creating a platform to seek solutions and answers to the issues and problems of Aviation Security and Facilitation in the region.
During the opening ceremony, the president of the Civil Aviation Board, José Ernesto Marte Piantini highlighted the most significant successes and advances in the coordination of public policies in favor of Aviation Security and Facilitation.
Marte Piantini informed those present that “with a view to the new challenges, the Dominican Republic is actively working to strengthen facilitation, a commitment we have made together with other government institutions to raise the levels of implementation in Air Transport Facilitation,” he said at the opening ceremony.
He added that this conclave puts the Dominican Republic in the eyes of the world, as a reference on Aviation Security and Facilitation for Industry, which will analyze trends and developments in commercial aviation for a week, and in which the results are expected to serve as a solution to such an important sector of the economy in the region.
The activity sponsored by the JAC and CESAC has representatives from North America, Central America, the Caribbean and South America of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the Latin American Civil Aviation Commission (LACAC), the International Air Transport Association (IATA), as well as delegates from other States, International Organizations and airlines.
CESAC and JAC, as the bodies responsible for Annex 17 and 9, respectively, will present several briefing notes on Civil Aviation Security and Facilitation in which they will present the high compliance with the Standards and Methods recommended by ICAO.
Among other issues, related to Air Traffic Management, will be the optimization of routes, as well as the review of AVSEC projects and initiatives, including the implementation of regional projects for the introduction of One-Stop Security (OSS).
Within this scope, the contributions of States to the implementation of OSS, the progress of the Aviation Security Management System (SeM) project and issues related to the implementation of cybersecurity measures, among other topics of interest, will also be discussed.
In addition to the president of the Civil Aviation Board and the Specialized Corps in Airport and Civil Aviation Security, Fabio Faizi Rahnemay Rabbani, ICAO regional director for South America; Jaime Binder, secretary of the Latin American Civil Aviation Commission (CLAC), will participate; Julio Siu, acting regional director of the ICAO Office for North America, Central America and the Caribbean; Pablo Lampariello of the Regional Aviation Safety and Facilitation Officer; ICAO SAM Regional Office and Héctor Porcella, acting director general of the Dominican Civil Aviation Institute (IDAC).