First Steering Committee Meeting held between CAAN and DGAC, France

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First Steering Committee Meeting between Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) and Director General for Civil Aviation (DGAC), France was held in Kathmandu in accordance to the Technical Cooperation program signed in 14 September 2017. The objective of this program is to support the strengthening of the safety oversight capability of CAAN.

Delegates from CAAN and DGAC attending the steering meeting held in Kathmandu

CAAN and DGAC France signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in September 14, 2017 addressing for technical cooperation in aviation field.

As per this MoU signed on the behalf of the two countries, it will be valid for four years and both the counter parties will cooperate each other through manifold actions such as exchanging information concerning the various technique’s used to reach the objectives; sending French experts or instructors to Nepal for training missions; and receiving expert’s, or instructors of Nepal, in France for training missions.

CAA of Nepal will be benefitted after the MoU agreement of technical cooperation program. DGAC will extend its support to develop qualified technical manpower like safety oversight inspectors, airworthiness engineers, procedure designers, aeronautical informational managers, and so on. The specific activities to be performed by CAAN and the DGCA of France under this MoU will be carried out by mutual consent without any political interference.

Both the government has a very long relation on the technical cooperation. On 4thNovember, 1997, CAA of Nepal and DGAC had signed an agreement on Technical Cooperation in the aviation field. As under the French protocol’s, ATS Tower Console, communication and navigation equipment, airport lighting systems were installed in many domestic airports of Nepal. ATS Tower console and communication facilities are still in operation in many STOL airports located in remote areas of Nepal which shows that the MoU will facilitate exchange program and sharing of technical knowledge for Nepal.

Previously, Nepal had signed an agreement on technical cooperation with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in April 2015. After the agreement with ICAO one flight operations expert, one airworthiness experts, and one personnel licensing expert were deputed to CAAN for a period of time of 12 months, 9 months and 6 months simultaneously.  The ICAO Aviation experts were already completed their tenure for Nepal in June this year accordance the agreement.

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