UAE's General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) announced plans to undertake a transformation programme with global management consultancy firm, Booz & Company, in light of the current challenges facing the aviation industry (TradeArabia/Gulf News, 03-Nov-2009). The programme aims to streamline the GCAA's structure, enhance the organisation's technical capabilities, strengthen oversight functions and enhance the GCAA's interface and its collaboration with key stakeholders. The three-phase programme was scheduled to commence on 01-Nov-2009 with a 24 month time frame. Details include:
- Phase I: Will focus on service analysis and strategic formulation backed by a transformation plan and design;
- Phase II: Implementation and transformation programme covering all the operational departments of the GCAA;
- Phase II: Post-transforming for a smooth transition.
DGCA: “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. 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,” Saif Mohammed Al Suwaidi, Director General. Source: TradeArabia, 03-Nov-2009.