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EAC Develops Surveillance Training Course

It was all smiles during the 34th CASSOA Board Meeting held on 5th – 6th May 2016 in Entebbe, Uganda. The Agency Secretariat informed the Board of the developed EAC Model Surveillance Course developed by CASSOA in conjunction with the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority.

The Surveillance Course Development Team convened at Naivasha, Kenya, from 25th – 29th April 2016 to review the contents of the approved Surveillance Programme and develop a draft Surveillance Course. The team developed the modular structure of the Surveillance Course and identified Reference Materials which will be used by the Curriculum Development Unit officers during the development of the Course.

Other than the Federal Aviation Administration, the EAC is the only Region which has developed the Surveillance Course based on its Regulations and Technical Guidance Materials.

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New EAC Secretary General tackles Financial Woes of the Community

The new Secretary General of the East African Community, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Liberat Mfumukeko, took on the mantle of the Community on 26th April 2015 upon the expiry of the successful contract for Amb. Dr. Richard Sezibera on 25th April 2016. The new Secretary General hails from Burundi while his predecessor is from Rwanda.

Amb. Liberat Mfumukeko takes the reins when the Community is faced with a number of challenges, the political situation in Burundi and the funding of the Secretariat being just a few of them. The Secretary General has set pace by meeting the EAC staff in their various categories. On 16th May, 2016 he met the Heads of EAC Organs and Institutions in Arusha, Tanzania during which meeting he exchanged ideas with the executives. He underscored the point that his aim was not to prove or make his predecessors to appear as though they never achieved anything, rather, he is bent on getting the best practices implemented for the good of the Community. Key among the outcome of the meeting was the need to revisit income and expenditure practices.

As of now, only 65% of earmarked contributions for the FY 2015/2016 budget have been received from Partner States. A meeting with the EAC development partners is scheduled on 26th May 2016 in Dar es Salaam in order to brainstorm on the best funding mechanism for the Community.

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Rwanda hosts 5th African Aviation Stakeholders’ Convention

Rwanda hosted the 5th Aviation Stakeholders’ convention on 7th – 9th May 2016. During the convention it was observed that the cost of air transport in Africa is still high despite a reduction in oil prices. In fact statistics indicate that travelling within Africa is more expensive when compared to travelling outside the continent.

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Kigali International Airport. Photo courtesy of New Times (Rwanda)

During the convention, Mr. Barry Kashambo, the International Civil Aviation Organization Eastern and Southern Africa (ICAO ESAF) Regional Director was optimistic that African Airlines will play an imperative role in championing Africa’s Agenda 2063, given the resources and a conducive business environment. Africa’s Agenda 2063 is geared towards pushing the continent effectively towards building on the already existing progress while strategically exploiting all possible opportunities available in the immediate and medium term to ensure socio-economic transformation within the next 50 years.

This is possible only when market players and policy makers embrace smart regulations to help enhance competitiveness and efficiency.

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CASSOA Easter Season Wishes

CASSOA Congratulates Amb. Liberat Mfumukeko

This is to congratulate Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Liberat Mfumukeko on his appointment and taking of office as the next Secretary General of the East African Community after Amb. Dr. Richard Sezibera successfully completed his term of office.

The Agency also takes this opportunity to thank Amb. Dr. Richard Sezibera for the service he rendered to the Community during the last five years. He expressed keen interest in aviation and had a wish to find a lasting solution to CASSOA’s sustainable funding mechanism. The Agency wishes him success in his next endeavours after his service in the EAC.

Robert M. Nviiri

Executive Director

EAC CASSOA

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CASSOA Congratulates HAMSA SAID JOHARI

Towards the end of February, 2016 CASSOA received information from Dar se Salaam to the effect that Mr. Hamsa Said Johari was appointed as the substantive Director General of Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority.

On behalf of CASSOA, and on my own behalf, I wish to congratulate Mr. Hamsa Johari on his appointment to the great responsibility of Director General TCAA. We look forward to working with him.

Executive Director

EAC CASSOA

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CASSOA Congratulates HAMSA SAID JOHARI

Towards the end of February, 2016 CASSOA received information from Dar se Salaam to the effect that Mr. Hamsa Said Johari was appointed as the substantive Director General of Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority.

On behalf of CASSOA, and on my own behalf, I wish to congratulate Mr. Hamsa Johari on his appointment to the great responsibility of Director General TCAA. We look forward to working with him.

Executive Director

EAC CASSOA

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Saidi Onga’s Candle burns out

Saidi OngaSaidi Onga (above) former Director of Air Navigation Services for Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority. On 23 rd February 2016, Saidi Onga succumbed to death following a long illness. To the East African aviation fraternity, the name Saidi Onga is more than familiar. He was a seasoned Air Traffic Management (ATM) inspector from the United Republic of Tanzania who served in the Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority and later progressed to become the acting Director of Air Navigation Services until his death.

Our deepest sympathy go to the TCAA and especially the ATS family, the EAC ANS colleagues and course mates and the CASSOA ANS Working Group members. As far as CASSOA’s interaction with Saidi Onga is concerned, he actively participated in the development of harmonized EAC ANS Regulations and Technical Guidance Materials for the Partner States’ aviation fraternity. Also at the regional level, he was a member of the Committee charged with the study and implementation of the EAC Upper Flight Information Region.

All the above is proof that Saidi Onga was a great contributor to the development of ANS safety oversight in the region. He was laid to rest on 25th February 2016 in his ancestral home of Songea, in the United Republic of Tanzania. Surely, he will be missed by many.
EAC CASSOA
Entebbe, Uganda

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East Africa Gears up for ICAO USAP CMA Audits

The East African Community States are committed to ensuring a safe, secure and efficient aviation industry. For that reason, following the ICAO Universal Security Audit Programme of Continuous Monitoring Approach, the United Republic of Tanzania and the Republic of Kenya (who were among the first ICAO Contracting States to undergo such an audit) of September 2015, Uganda and Rwanda are in high gear preparing for their audits that have been scheduled for 2016.

One of the main functions of CASSOA is to assist the Partner States in meeting their safety and security oversight obligations and responsibilities under the Chicago Convention and its Annexes. Therefore, as CASSOA worked closely with Tanzania and Kenya in their preparations for these audits, it is doing the same for Rwanda and Uganda. Tanzania and Kenya scored way above the average required score. CASSOA is now assisting the remaining Partner States in preparations for their audits in order to score above the required average, as well.

EAC CASSOA
Plot 41-43 Circular Road,
P.O. Box 873, Entebbe, Uganda
Website: www.cassoa.org
Email: cassoa@cassoa.org
Tel. +256-414-322047
Fax: +256-414-322049

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CASSOA gets an Unqualified Opinion on its Financial Statements of Accounts

In accordance with Article 134 of the Treaty, the Books of Accounts of the Community for the year ended 30th June 2015 were audited by the EAC Audit Commission between October and December 2015. The Audit covered the East African Community Organs and Institutions, among which was CASSOA.

On 11th December 2015, the East African Community Auditors General convened in Arusha, Tanzania, to consider the Report of the EAC Audit and Risk Committee for the year ended June 2015. Following the Auditors General consideration of the Reports, the Auditors General gave CASSOA an unqualified opinion. The final reports were signed on 20th January 2016.

This is the 8th Unqualified Opinion in a row on the Financial States of CASSOA ever since the
Agency became operational in 2007. The Report of the Audit Commission for the year ended 30th June 2015 will be submitted to the 33rd Ministerial Session of the Council on 29th February 2016 for onward transmission to the East African Legislative Assembly for debate.
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2015 Christmas Season Greetings & New Year’s Message

Dear CASSOA Stakeholders and friends of the Agency,

It’s the end of 2015 and CASSOA has witnessed a number of achievements in the aviation industry both within and outside the region in the course of the year. Our development partners, namely; International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and AviAssist continued to offer us their technical assistance in capacity building.

The Agency was nominated to the ICAO AFI Security and Facilitation Committee in May 2015 and the continent has also been blessed with the establishment of the headquarters for the Association of African Aviation Training Organisations (AATO) in Addis Ababa following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Federal Government of Ethiopia and ICAO on 20th October 2015.

The Agency has seen a growing relationship with the operators as implementation of one of the resolutions from the EASA sponsored workshop on the Certification of Approved Training Organisations (aviation) that was held in Addis Ababa from 21st– 22nd October. One of the air operators in the region, Precision Air, successfully completed the re-certification process as per the harmonized EAC civil aviation safety Regulations while Kenya Airways and Fastjet Airlines are slated for early 2016.

As we wind up 2015, the Agency is faced with the challenge of formulating harmonized regulations on the use of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS), commonly known as drones among the general population, in the region. However, this is not only a challenge for EAC but for the rest of the aviation world.

I wish you and your families a wonderful Christmas holiday season. Thank you for your support during 2015 and I look forward to the same in the New Year 2016.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2016

Robert Nviiri
Executive Director
EAC CASSOA

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