Civil Aviation Commission (AFCAC) in collaboration with Civil Aviation Academy
of Singapore (CAAS), have recently organised a five-day training programme on
customised state safety programme implementation at a local hotel in Kololi.
This was AFCAC’s 15th training program with 47 participants from 17 countries, which is the highest number of participants since they started organsing the training programs.
Mbake Raky said AFCAC is a specialis ed agency of the African Union, established through a constitutive conference by IKO and OAU in 1969 and became fully established and operational on 11 May 1978.
AFCAC is also responsible for the coordination and orderly development of civil aviation in the continent. The membership is divided into five regions of North, South, West, Central and Eastern with its headquarters in Dakar, Senegal.
Its objectives includes coordination of civil aviation matters in Africa, promote understanding of policy matters, formulate and enforce appropriate rules and regulations, facilitate and ensure successful implementation of the Yamoussoukro decision and to ensure adherence to an implementation decision of the executive council and assembly.
Gambia Minister of transport, works and infrastructure Bai Lamin Jobe thanked CAAS and AFCAC for giving Gambia the opportunity to host the important aviation training. “Special commendation is also extended to The Gambia Civil Aviation Authority for successfully hosting the event.”
He said International Civil Aviation Organisation now requires every member state to establish state safety program in accordance with the standards and recommended practices as contained in Annex 19 of the Chicago Convention aimed at achieving acceptable standards or levels of safety performance in civil aviation. “Therefore, implementation of the training for African countries is timely because of the need to continue fulfilling our international obligations under the Chicago Convention.”