What is ICAN?

The eleventh ICAO Air Services Negotiation Event (ICAN2018) will be held in Nairobi, Kenya from 10 to 14 December 2018. It will be hosted by the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA).  

ICAN2018 provides States with a central meeting place to conduct multiple bilateral (regional or plurilateral) air services negotiations or consultations.

It offers a forum for the participants to learn about current trends, discuss and exchange experiences, as well as providing excellent networking opportunities. Negotiations between States/Regional Groups stay private.

ICAN has been highly commended by participating Delegations as an efficient platform for conducting air service negotiations. Since its inception, the number of countries that utilizes this facility has steadily increased. So far more than a total of 142 States have participated in and benefited from ICAN at least once.

ICAN2018 will offer industry stakeholders opportunities for Business to Business (B2B) meetings and networking with both other business stakeholders or community members, but also aviation regulators and air service negotiators participating in the event. ​

States mainly benefit from ICAN through enhanced efficiency and reduced costs by allowing:

  • A one-stop approach to facilitate ASA negotiations/consultations.
  • Saving time and money by avoiding separate individual trips to conduct talks.
  • Enhance interaction between stakeholders.
  • Facilitate dialogue among participants.
  • Promote cooperation for the benefits of all participating states.
  • Facilitation of Business to Business meetings and a facilitator of economic business for aviation stakeholders – air operators, aircraft manufacturers, CAAs, Airport operators, Ground handlers amongst others.


Where Continents and Cultures Meet.

About ICAO

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is a UN specialized agency, established by States in 1944 to manage the administration and governance of the Convention on International Civil Aviation (Chicago Convention).

ICAO works with the Convention’s 192 Member States and industry groups to reach consensus on international civil aviation Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) and policies in support of a safe, efficient, secure, economically sustainable and environmentally responsible civil aviation sector. These SARPs and policies are used by ICAO Member States to ensure that their local civil aviation operations and regulations conform to global norms, which in turn permits more than 100,000 daily flights in aviation’s global network to operate safely and reliably in every region of the world.

In addition to its core work resolving consensus-driven international SARPs and policies among its Member States and industry, and among many other priorities and programmes, ICAO also coordinates assistance and capacity building for States in support of numerous aviation development objectives; produces global plans to coordinate multilateral strategic progress for safety and air navigation; monitors and reports on numerous air transport sector performance metrics; and audits States’ civil aviation oversight capabilities in the areas of safety and security.

For more information - https://www.icao.int/about-icao/Pages/default.aspx

About KCAA

Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) was established on 24th October 2002 by the Civil Aviation (Amendment) Act, 2002 with the primary functions towards; Regulation and oversight of Aviation Safety & Security; Economic regulation of Air Services and development of Civil Aviation; Provision of Air Navigation Services, and Training of Aviation personnel KCAA; as guided by the provisions of the convention on international civil aviation, related ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs), the Kenya Civil Aviation Act, 2013 and the civil aviation regulations.


To plan, develop, manage, regulate and operate a safe, economically sustainable and efficient civil aviation system in Kenya, in accordance with the provisions of the Civil Aviation Act, 2013.


To be a model of excellence in civil aviation.


To develop, regulate and manage a safe, efficient and effective civil aviation system in Kenya.

The Establishment of a vibrant and highly competitive civil aviation industry is critical for the development of any country. In recognition of the foregoing role, KCAA encourages investments from both domestic and international air operators. In so doing, KCAA is fully implementing Vision 2030 which aims to make Kenya a middle income country by the year 2030. The following are some of the projects KCAA is undertaking with the aim of delivering its part in Kenya’s Vision 2030