Remarks of CANSO Director General Jeff Poole at the CANSO Africa Conference 2015

13 June 2015

In his speech to the third CANSO Africa Conference in Durban on 13 June 2015, CANSO Director General, Jeff Poole, said the winds of change are beginning to have an impact on the political, institutional and infrastructure barriers to seamless and harmonised airspace across Africa. Governments across the continent are now recognising the significant economic and social benefits of air transport. CANSO is cautiously optimistic that Africa is experiencing a greater willingness among States and industry partners to make real progress on the challenges facing aviation and air traffic management (ATM). Through its strategic framework to transform ATM performance, Vision 2020, CANSO is already taking steps in Africa to cater for the expected growth in air traffic; to cooperate with States and industry partners in achieving seamless and harmonised airspace; and to improve safety.

Poole outlined the important role that ATM plays in building connectivity by ensuring the smooth and safe flow of traffic. Implementation of the ICAO Aviation System Block Upgrades (ASBU) is an important step towards harmonisation and offers the opportunity to transform ATM performance in Africa. They also help address the lack of infrastructure and air navigation services in remote areas. Safety, the industry's and CANSO's number one priority, continues to be a challenge for Africa and Poole outlined the steps CANSO and its industry partners are taking to improve safety.




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