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Discussing East Africa’s aviation safety and security – Entebbe, Uganda, 31 May 2013

The aviation industry in East Africa continues to grow rapidly, as airlines extend their route networks and governments expand existing airports while building new ones. These investments must be matched with modern safety and security measures that conform to international standards.

The CASSOA headquarters in Uganda.

The CASSOA headquarters in Uganda.

Each of the five member states of the East African Community (Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda) have their own national aviation regulators that supervise aviation safety and security. In 2007, the East African Community created the Civil Aviation Safety and Security Oversight Agency (CASSOA). The agency’s headquarters are in Entebbe, Uganda.

CASSOA was established to promote the safe, secure and efficient development of civil aviation among East African partner states. The agency assists partner states in meeting their safety and security oversight obligations and responsibilities under the Chicago Convention and its Annexes. In addition, CASSOA provides partner states with a forum to plan and implement common measures required for achieving safe and orderly development of civil aviation.

On 31 May, CASSOA will be hosting the 2nd Aviation Symposium. The theme this year is “Linking Aviation Safety and Security: The role of the stakeholder.” The one-day symposium takes place at the Protea Hotel in Entebbe, Uganda.

Main topics to be discussed are:

  • Aviation security in the context of regional conflict – new and emerging threats.
  • Challenges and impact of aviation security.
  • Role of air operators and regulators in aviation safety.
  • Linking aviation safety and security: compliance of harmonised regulations.

To register for the symposium, please visit CASSOA’s website (http://www.cassoa.org) and fill in the Registration Form.

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