The International Civil Aviation Organization, in close cooperation with African civil aviation authorities and air transport industry stakeholders, has developed a results-based Comprehensive Regional Implementation Plan for Aviation Safety in Africa, aimed at sustained improvements in air safety throughout the continent. This Plan supports the commitment of Africa to move ever closer to world safety levels.
The Plan also reflects ICAO's overall strategy, as spelled out in the Strategic Objectives and further detailed in the Global Aviation Safety Plan (GASP), which represents a performance-based approach focused on activities with the highest return for improving safety. One component of the GASP, the Universal Safety Oversight Audit Programme (USOAP), has already proven effective in working with Member States in Africa to identify deficiencies in air safety and establish concrete action plans.
The Council approved the Plan on 30 May 2007, with the decisive objective of improving safety and coordinating, under the ICAO umbrella, activities of all stakeholders providing assistance to States in the Africa-Indian Ocean (AFI) Region.
To provide a platform for a realistic assessment of the current safety-related issues in the AFI Region and mapping out the way forward, the Council has convened a one-day, high-level meeting to coincide with the 36th Session of the Assembly.
The expected outcome of the meeting is to obtain firm political commitment from States in the AFI Region to implement the Plan and to obtain tangible support from States, industry and other major players, as well as to establish the indicators of progress. Participants are encouraged to announce and pledge their support.
The meeting will develop a draft Assembly resolution establishing the process for implementation of the Plan, addressing the issue of resources and laying the ground for a firm commitment from States and stakeholders to make the implementation of the Plan a high-priority objective.