African Air Traffic Management Leaders Meet in Amsterdam

CANSO, the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation, brought together air traffic management leaders from across Africa, at a special meeting held in Amsterdam on 7 March.
CANSO organised the meeting to discuss the benefits of working together to deliver a safer, more efficient ATM system, while demonstrating CANSOs role in providing a politically neutral platform for collaboration.

Participants included senior representatives from the air navigation service providers (ANSPs) of Angola, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda. Several Middle East ANSPs, ICAO, the Flight Safety Foundation also took part, as did CANSO Chairman Paul Riemens and members of the associations Safety and Operations Standing Committees.

The meeting concluded with widespread commitment to take part in the CANSO Africa Project Team, in order to identify the continents air traffic management priorities and discuss plans for progress. A follow-up session will be held in August to the discuss the Project Teams terms of reference and potential contributions to CANSOs annual Global Safety Conference in South Africa this November.

Boni Dibate, CANSOs Africa Project Liaison Officer commented: Aviation stakeholders in Africa face a number of common priorities: improving safety, increasing efficiency, and implementing new technologies and procedures, among others. This meeting set the tone for collaboration going forward, and I look forward to welcoming our new friends as CANSO members very soon.
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