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AVSEC Assistance Implementation Strategy. Tony Blackiston ICAO Aviation Security Regional Officer. …………. ICAO AVSEC Branch. Aviation Security Branch established in ATB - October 2009 Aim to consolidate all aviation security activities

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AVSEC Assistance Implementation Strategy

Tony Blackiston

ICAO Aviation Security Regional Officer



  • Aviation Security Branch established in ATB - October 2009

  • Aim to consolidate all aviation security activities

  • AVSEC Branch comprised of two Sections Security Facilitation Policy (SFP); Implementation Support and Development (ISD) Security

  • In late 2010 Aviation Security Audit (ASA) Section will join Aviation Security Branch structure

AVSEC Structure


  • No criteria and standards for technical assistance

  • Need to strengthen ICAO capacity to implement strategy

  • Possible duplication of assistance efforts

  • Need for better coordination with donor States and Organizations

Assistance principles

  • Promote capacity-building efforts

  • Raise the level of security awareness

  • Strengthen ICAO`s capacity to provide training and advisory services

  • Ensure long-term commitment and sustainability of assistance by ICAO and donors

Assistance goals

  • Focus efforts on addressing States with critical security deficiencies

  • Promote regional partnerships and initiatives

  • Strengthen coordination with donor States and Organizations

Assisting States with critical deficiencies

  • Senior-level visits from HQ (or RDs)

  • Needs analysis

  • Two-week structured and focused assistance or advisory package

  • Quality assurance by HQ or ROs

Senior level visits

  • A senior level visit from ICAO HQ or Regional Office

    • To engage the State’s commitment, mobilize political will

    • To intensify national action to implement the assistance project

Needs Analysis

  • Based on USAP audit report information

  • Identify steps to be taken to reach desired goal

  • Identify actions to be taken and in which order taking into consideration the State specific situation

Two-week structured and focused advisory services

  • Address multiple deficiencies simultaneously in situ

  • Assist local official to develop security programmes by “hands on” approach

Quality assurance andfollow-up activities

  • Quality assurance activities will be conducted with use of:

    • in-house review of technical information

    • project documentation

    • training results

    • State “questionnaire”

    • Assistance follow-up mission as practical

Promote regional partnerships and initiatives

  • Facilitate the development of regional capacity through:

    • CASPs

    • RASTs

    • other

Other assistance

  • Non-priority assistance

    • Assistance may be offered to States not referred to the ARRB on a case by case basis

    • ICAO assistance missions will be covered on a cost recovery basis

  • Training through the ASTC network

Engaging donors on assistance priorities

  • Coordinate on existing and planned assistance efforts

  • Match identified development needs and gaps with donor priorities

  • Develop network of donors for exchange of information on funding efforts

Thank you

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