Strategic objectives of the African Civil Aviation Commission

1.Air Transport

To foster the sustainable development of Air transport in Africa

  • Facilitating, coordinating and ensuring the successful implementation of the Yamoussoukro Decision by supervising and managing Africa`s liberalized air transport industry.
  • Promote and Encourage the development of a sustainable air transport system in Africa.
  • Promote and Encourage the development of a sustainable air transport system in Africa.
  • Coordinate, promote and supports the sustainable development of Air transport within African Civil Aviation to facilitate and accelerate the integration and free movement of people and goods.
  • To promote and encourage the development of common African civil
  • aviation policy.

Consumer Protection

  • Fairness for aviation consumers without imposing unnecessary costs, to provide consumers with appropriate protection without affecting the smooth operation of the industry
  • To facilitate the creation of a forum where all African aviation stakeholders eg AFRAA, ACI-Africa, etc to discuss and resolve all civil aviation matters in Africa Competition Rule
  • Develop and harmonize common rules and regulations for fair competition.

Dispute settlements

  • Develop and harmonize common rules and regulations for the dispute settlement

Environment

  • The global approach in the reduction of greenhouse emission and managing the environmental impacts of aviation (noise and Emission)
  • Cooperate with other international bodies with the ICAO leadership in addressing aviation’s contribution to global climate change.
  • Encourage African airlines to acquire more environment-friendly aircraft by using the provisions of the Cape Town Convention
  • Develop and harmonize common rules and regulations for the Aviation Security,
  • enhance the efficiency of the aviation industry
  • Ensure a strong Culture of Security in all member states
  • Ensure a strong Aviation Security system.
  • Encourage the exchange of AVSEC information amongst the African States
  • Mitigation of the key risks to the security of passengers and work closely with
  • Airline operators and Airport Authorities
  • Identify and monitor existing types of security risks to civil aviation and advice
  • member states to implement SARPs
  • Adopt and promote new or amended measures to improve security for air travellers in Africa while promoting efficient border crossing procedures.
  • Assist States to improve security through technical cooperation programmes
  • Ensure the timely implementation of ICAO provisions and SARPs
  • Assist States in addressing security-related deficiencies through the aviation security mechanism and technical cooperation programmes

While the aviation industry in Africa is undergoing significant growth, it is having difficulty meeting its human capital demands in civil aviation. This is impacting the availability of qualified technical aviation professionals, and the ability of African States to effectively implement ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) and other ICAO programmes.

As a result, there is an urgent need to build capacity in the African civil aviation sector and to enhance the skills of its personnel. Recognizing the importance of this challenge, African Ministers responsible for civil aviation, at their third session held in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea from 7 to 11 April 2014, adopted a Declaration establishing the voluntary Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF). AFCAC and ICAO administer the HRDF Programme for the benefit of African member States. The programme incorporates these priority technical areas in which the African States will require assistance and in which the Secondees will improve their knowledge and expertise:

  • Aircraft Accident and Incident Investigation (AIG)
  • Airworthiness (AIR)
  • Aerodrome and Ground Aids (AGA)
  • Air Navigation Services (ANS)
  • Aircraft Flight Operations (OPS)
  • Aeronautical Personnel Licensing (PEL)
  • Aviation Security and Facilitation (ASF)
  • Environmental Protection (ENV)
  • Air Transport (Infrastructure Management).

Strengthening the Rule of Law in African Aviation

  • Encourage States to sign, accede and or ratify the New AFCAC Constitution which entered into force on 11 May 2010;
  • Ensure that States implement all AFCAC Plenary Resolutions;
  • Request States to promote the integrity, autonomy and visibility of AFCAC as the Specialized Agency of the AU on Civil Aviation matters in Africa;
  • Encourage African States to sign and ratify International Air Law Instruments such as the Cape Town Instruments (2001), the Modernized Rome Convention done at Montreal 2009 and the  AVSEC Convention and Protocol dealing with New and Emerging threats to Civil Aviation done at Beijing in September 2010;
  • Continue to work with the AUC and other stakeholders in the development (implementation) of the Common African Civil Aviation Policy (AFCAP).
  • Develop and harmonize common rules and regulations for the safety
  • Enhance the efficiency of the aviation industry
  • Maintain a strong Culture of Safety in all member states
  • Encourage the establishment of a common and seamless ATM management system.
  • Establish a strong Aviation Safety system
  • Mitigation of the key risks to the safety of passengers and work closely with Airline and Airport Authorities
  • Identify and monitor existing types of safety risks to civil aviation and advice member states to implement SARPs
  • Ensure the timely implementation of ICAO provisions and SARPs
  • Assist States to resolve deficiencies through regional remedial plans and the establishment of safety oversight organizations at the regional or sub-regional level.
  • Encourage the exchange of safety information amongst the African States
  • Promote the timely resolution of safety-critical items identified by regional Planning and Implementation Groups (PIRGs) and regional Aviation Safety Groups
  • Support the implementation of safety management systems across all safety-related disciplines in all African States.

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