Today (20 December 2017), at Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel, H.E. General Prayut Chan-o-cha, Prime Minister of the kingdom of Thailand, presided over the Regional Aviation Security Conference of Regional Aviation Security Plan (GASeP). The conference was also participated by Dr. Fang Liu, Secretary General of ICAO, Mr. Arun Mishra, Regional Director of ICAO’s Asia & Pacific Office, H.E. Arkhom Termpittayapaisith, Minister of Transport, Dr. Chula Sukmanop, Director General of the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT), together with Asia-Pacific civil aviation security specialists. It was expected that 150 participants would attend the conference.
This conference was hosted by the Ministry of Transport and CAAT. It was a result of the 39th International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Assembly held in Montreal, Canada in September 2016. The participants in the assembly agreed to accelerate the development of the Global Aviation Security Plan (GASeP) in order to establish the new civil aviation security strategy and policy to replace the former ICAO Comprehensive Aviation Security Strategy (ICASS). After its acceptance, GASeP had been propagated in every region and Thailand was selected as the host in Asia-Pacific region.
Mr. Chula Sukmanop, Director General of CAAT said, “GASeP was developed under the concept of ICAO's ‘No Country Left Behind’. The plan proposed in this conference will be a foundation for states, the aviation industry and ICAO to collaborate and to enhance global civil aviation security. This new roadmap demonstrates all stakeholders’ responsibilities for achieving five key priority goals:
(1) Raise awareness and the ability to respond to security risk,
(2) Promote security culture and human capability,
(3) Improve technological resource and innovation,
(4) Improve oversight and quality assurance, and
(5) Increase coordination and support.”
GASeP will be periodically reviewed and adjusted according to the new and emerging aviation security threats. The implementation involves domestic, regional and global actions including cooperation among aviation stakeholders. It has been primarily planned that the five key priority goals will be achived prior to the 40th International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Assembly in 2019.