Ghana will present a paper to support the existence of the African-Indian Ocean (AFI) in improving its contribution to regional air navigation development at the 13th Air Navigation International Civil Aviation Conference (ICAO).
The delegation made up of seasoned experts from the Ghana Meteorological Agency (GMA) and aviation experts are led by the Deputy Aviation Minister, Kwabena Okyere Darko-Mensah.
The meeting which is held every 10 years is on the theme ’’From Development to Implementation’’ and is being attended by over 800 participants from ICAO member states of which Ghana is a member.
The conference will provide an opportunity for member states and aviation stakeholders to work towards ever-evolving global strategies for safety and air navigation planning, development and implementation.
Members of the delegation include; Acdre Rexford Acquah (rtd), Board Chairman, GCAA, Madam Tina Swatson, Board member, GCAA, Mr. Simon Allotey, Director General , GCAA, Mr. Charles Kraikue, Ag.Deputy Dirctor-General(Tech) and Dr. Mawutor Tanu , Director General , Ghana Meteorological Agency.
Other members are, Mr. Ellis Hue Tamakloe, Director- Ministry of Aviation, Mr. Emmanuel Mammara Kolugu, Director G.MET, Mr. Daniel Acquah , Director -Safety Regulation, GCAA, Edward Baah,- Director Air Traffic Services , GCAA , Joyce Asante , Ag. Director Air Traffic Safety Engineering – GCAA, and Ghana’s representative on the ICAO council in Montreal, Air cdre Kwame Mamphey.
It will merge views of the global aviation community around major objectives for safety and air navigation and set priorities for the coming years.
At the conference, subject matter experts will participate in detailed technical discussions which are expected to lead to agreement on a set of high-level recommendations in different key performance areas of the air navigation system.
These recommendations will be submitted for approval to the ICAO Council for subsequent endorsement by the 40th Session of the Assembly in 2019.
The technical discussions at the conference will lead to a more efficient and effective decision-making process during the ICAO Assembly and will allow for the focus to be on strategic issues based on sound technical advice.
The functions of the Regional Aviation Safety Group include analysis of safety information and hazards to civil aviation at the regional level.
It also involves the review of the action plans developed within the region to address identified hazards; conduct follow-ups to Global Aviation Safety Plan (GASP) activities as required and the coordination with the relevant PIRG on safety issues.
Currently, RSSG-AFI activities are focused on the resolution of significant safety concerns (SSCs), fundamentals of safety oversight (FSO), aircraft investigation(AIG) and emerging safety issues such as runway safety, controlled flight into terrain(CFIT), and loss of control in flight(LOC-I).
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