The Third ICAO Global Aviation Cooperation Symposium (GACS2019)

The Third ICAO Global Aviation Cooperation Symposium (GACS2019)

Bridging the SARPs Compliance Gap with Quality and Efficiency

The International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) Technical Cooperation Bureau (TCB) will be organizing the third edition of the Global Aviation Cooperation Symposium (GACS2019) in close collaboration with the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT), on 22-24 July in Phuket, Thailand.

This symposium offers a unique platform for aviation professionals to exchange their views and discuss challenges and opportunities related to their fields. It provides a forum for regulators, service providers, operators and other industry stakeholders to meet and exchange on their experiences and lessons learned in implementing technical cooperation projects.

GACS2019 provides an opportunity for participants to exchange important information and ideas on the latest trends and innovations, as well as sharing of best practices to support a safe, secure, sustainable and efficient future for global air transport. Moreover, the symposium will offer a unique opportunity to obtain in-depth knowledge of ICAO’s Technical Cooperation Programme and how it can meet the needs of Member States.  The key goals of the symposium are:

1. Bridging the Gap: Complying with the Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs).

The Symposium will set the stage of aviation today, underscoring the challenges the aviation community faces in the near future, and discuss how best to decrease the SARPs compliance gap in order to build and maintain a safe, secure and sustainable aviation system.

2. Determining Unique Solutions for Capacity Building through Technical Cooperation and Assistance Projects.

Member States will have the occasion to capture commonly found issues, solutions and best practices shared through the presentation of Technical Cooperation and Technical Assistance projects. In order to build a safe, secure and sustainable air transport industry, potential solutions will be discussed, organized in topics, including infrastructure development, training, and capacity building through experts, regional cooperation, and leveraging synergies with development partners.

3. Promoting the Role of ICAO’s Technical Cooperation Programme in Assisting States Achieve their Goals.

The Symposium will also give a general overview of ICAO’s Technical Cooperation Programme services and best practices assisting the Member States and regional organizations to bridge the non-compliance gap.

4. Strengthening Institutional and Cross-Industry Relationships.

The Symposium will bring together ICAO experts, Member States, industry providers, national, regional and international organizations to enhance collaboration between authorities, industry and other stakeholders through Technical Cooperation. CANSO invites you to visit our stand and hear more from CANSO Asia-Pacific Affairs Director, Hai Eng Chiang, as he participates in a panel exploring aviation infrastructure development on Monday, 22 July.

Venue and travel

Le Meridien Phuket Beach Resort is on a secluded beach, Relax Bay, and is a five-minute ride from Patong, Phuket’s nightlife centre.

Le Meridien Phuket Beach Resort
29 Soi Karon Nui, Tambon Karon, Muang
Phuket, Thailand

It takes 1 hour 15 minutes to get to Le Meridien Phuket Beach Resort from Phuket International Airport and 30 minutes from the hotel to the city of Phuket.

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Event Details

22 – 24 July 2019

Phuket, Thailand

Le Meridien Phuket Beach Resort


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Mike Treacher
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