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Monday 26 June 2017



Deputy Prime Minister Mr Paul Dlamini addressing the MInister's meeting during the RSOOs Forum

On the 22nd– 24th March 2017 the Swaziland Civil Aviation Authority, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) jointly organised the Regional Safety Oversight Organisations forum (RSOOs) for Global Aviation Safety. The Forum was held at the Royal Swazi Spa, Ezulwini and was attended by Directors General of civil aviation authorities from ICAO Member States as well as representatives of international, regional civil aviation commissions, regional accident and incident investigation organizations (RAIOs), and regional economic communities (RECs).

The acronym RSOOs stands for Regional Safety Oversight Organisations whose mandate is to address the challenges of aviation as a global industry in particular the global safety requirements. The aim of the forum was to bring together all parties that have a stake in the establishment and management of RSOOs, in order to promote the concept of regional cooperation for the purpose of enhancing Global Aviation Safety in the regions.

The forum was graced by the Deputy Prime Minister Mr Paul Dlamini who was representing the Prime Minister, the Honourable Minister of Public Works and Transport Lindiwe Dlamini, the Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Public Works and Transport Mr. Makhosini Mndawe and other high level ranking government officials from visiting states.

In her opening address the Minister of Public Works and Transport expressed appreciation at the opportunity of hosting such an enormous event. She highlighted that Swaziland has come a long way from being banned by the European Union for airline business and only for the ban to be lifted three years ago. The Minister assured delegates that this development speaks to the hard work and determination that Swaziland has for civil aviation progress.

SWACAA’s Director General Mr. Solomon Dube stated that the Kingdom like other countries in the region is faced with the challenge of low air traffic, both in people and cargo. He further stated that regardless of such challenges the safety of aircraft should not be a negotiated matter.

The last day of the forum was an ICAO business where Ministers from some African countries met to discuss specific needs of Africa in the Aviation space. This high level Minister’s meeting was officially opened by the Deputy Prime Minister of Swaziland who was representing the Prime Minister and was chaired by the Minister of Public Works and Transport. Important declarations, opening new chapters in the history of the industry were made in this meeting. These declarations stand forever as a guide on how African states will work to refine their collaborative efforts and improve aviation safety oversight continent wide. The newly proposed global oversight system was adopted by the ministers.

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