The General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) of the UAE has announced a transformation program with global management consultancy firm, Booz & Company.
In view of the challenges international aviation bodies and the aviation industry have faced in recent months, the GCAA's decision to undertake an extensive transformation program demonstrates the organisation's commitment to anticipate global aviation trends and help mature regional aviation operational systems and enhance its oversight function.
"We are definitely excited by the unprecedented growth the aviation sector across the UAE is seeing; however along with this success comes the challenge to enhance aviation services and increase safety standards," said Saif Mohammed Al Suwaidi, director general of the GCAA.
"We believe that the partnership with Booz & Company will grant us extensive insights into strategic leadership practices, enhanced technology and service innovation process, better insight into program management and performance evaluation. Maturity in these areas will undoubtedly contribute towards our long term vision in being a global leader in innovative aviation safety services."
The transformation program aims at further streamlining the existing GCAA structure, enhancing the organisation's technical capabilities, strengthening oversight functions and enhancing the GCAA's interface and its collaboration with key strategic stakeholders.
The three-phase program is scheduled to commence on 1 November 1 with an overall duration of twenty-four months. Phase one of the plan includes service analysis and strategic formulation backed by a transformation plan and design.
Phase two involves the actual implementation and transformation program of all the operational departments of the GCAA which is then followed by a post-transforming for a smooth transition under phase three.