THE INTERNATIONAL Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) is to push for powers to enforce safety and security standards for its 185 member states. President Assad Kotaite will ask the ICAO Council in June for powers to conduct compulsory safety and security audits and enforce implementation of standards.

The ICAO can now only develop and recommend standards and conduct voluntary audits, the results of which are confidential. The Organisation is concerned by the likely emergence of global airlines over which no one country can claim sovereignty, and wants to ensure its safety and security standards are enforced world-wide.

To that end, the ICAO has released its first-ever strategic action plan, which determines where the Organisation will focus its resources. The plan has eight major objectives.

Source: Flight International