In his speech at the fourth CANSO Africa Conference in Ghana on 13 September 2016, CANSO Director General, Jeff Poole, highlighted the importance of improving air traffic management (ATM) safety in Africa and the steps being taken by CANSO and CANSO Members to do this effectively and efficiently.
Poole explained how Africa has a rapidly growing aviation industry which has the ability to deliver real benefits in terms of connectivity and social and economic development. He addressed some of the challenges facing ATM in Africa and their solutions, including improving staff training and development; separating regulation from service provision; and persuading States to invest in ATM infrastructure.
Poole was pleased to announce that CANSO Members had agreed to sign the Declaration on the Africa ATM Safety Peer Review Initiative, which addresses critical safety issues in air traffic management. He said that this was a great example of partnership in action: ANSPs working with ICAO and fellow ANSPs to implement effective safety management systems. The Declaration commits ANSPs to form teams to conduct peer reviews of each other’s safety management systems, with CANSO coordinating the initiative and providing expert guidance.