Executive Director of CASSOA pays courtesy call to iSASO
With the ever growing global aviation industry, and given the financial and human resources challenge in most of the developing world; regionalisation of safety and security oversight is the way to go. African States have taken on the initiative by ICAO to pool resources and establish Regional Safety Oversight Organisations (RSOO). Currently on the African continent there are a number of RSOOs that have been established, namely CASSOA for the East African Community regional economic community (REC), BAGASOO and UEMOA for the West African REC, AAMAC and CEMAC for the Central African REC and iSASO which is in the offing for the SADC REC.
The SADC RSOO is still an interim organisation because the Charter meant to legalise it has not yet been signed by all the SADC Partner States (only 5 out of the 15 States have signed the Charter). However, iSASO was nominated to be on the steering committee of IASOM and AFI-CIS.
In the spirit of regional co-operation and benchmarking of sister RSOO, the iSASO and CASSOA are to sign a Memorandum of Cooperation in November under the auspices of ICAO ESAF. It is to this effect that the Executive Director of CASSOA, Mr. Robert Nviiri, on 22nd September 2016 paid a courtesy visit to the iSASO Head Office in Mbabane, Royal Kingdom of Swaziland. The Royal Kingdom of Swaziland offered to host the SASO and courtesy of the Swaziland Civil Aviation Authority has provided spacious and modern premises for the SADC RSOO in Mbabane.
SASO holds great potential for the SADC REC in the role of harmonising civil aviation regulations, developing technical guidance materials for the regulators and operators, and most of all; ensuring that the Partner States have acceptable Primary Civil Aviation Acts in place.
The Royal Kingdom of Swaziland, the host of SASO, especially needs the RSOO at this material time for pooling of technical resources when the Swazi government is in final stages of re-establishing a national airline – Swazi Airways.
Both CASSOA and SASO look forward to close mutual co-operation in the bid to ensure that their Partner States meet their obligations for effective civil aviation safety and security oversight.