Africa Quarterly Update

Quarter 1, 2018

The CANSO Africa ATM Safety Peer Review Initiative continues to make good progress.The peer group ofNAMA, GCAA, and Roberts FIR conducted its first review meeting in November 2017. GCAA and Roberts FIR reviewed the host NAMA, with Nigeria CAA in attendance. The next review meeting will be hosted by GCAA in Accra, Ghana, in February.

CANSO attended the ICAO Twenty First Meeting of the African-Indian Ocean Planning and Implementation Regional Group (APIRG/21) held in Nairobi. All the regional building blocks were invited to develop a roadmap, in consultation with users, to implement seamless, harmonised, interoperable air traffic management systems and procedures. CANSO will assist by organising workshops where regional building blocks can agree the basis for timely, coordinated and efficient implementation of future technologies and procedures, while taking advantage of existing ones. To that effect CANSO is organising an A-CDM and CDM conference in partnership with ICAO in Durban in March for all ANSPs in the region. The APIRG/21 meeting also reaffirmed that ANSPs must implement the ICAO Aviation System Block Upgrades (ASBUs) in line with ICAO requirements and be provided the necessary support.

CANSO was a participant in the annual AVI AFRIQUE 2017: African Aviation Innovation Summit in a session on the SADC Upper Control Centre project (UACC). Initiated by Southern African Development Community (SADC) Member States, the primary objective is the seamless regional harmonisation of air traffic in the upper airspace on which CANSO is expected to provide expertise.

In January CANSO attended the launch of the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) initiative by the African Union (AU). Bringing a wide range of benefits to aviation in the region, it will help to boost cross-industry collaboration, harmonise airspace and improve ATM performance.

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