CAAB SSC PRESS RELEASE
18 January 2016
628 Days 11 Hours 21 Minutes Ago.

BOTSWANA REMOVED FROM A LIST OF COUNTRIES WITH SIGNIFICANT SAFETY CONCERNS

 

 

 

 

Following a four-person mission from the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to Botswana from 9 to 16 December 2015 to validate work carried out by the Civil Aviation Authority of Botswana (CAAB) to address the findings and recommendations that emanated from an ICAO Coordinated Validation Mission (ICVM) conducted on Botswana in April 2013, Botswana has been removed from the list of countries with Significant Safety Concerns (SSCs).

 

Whilst the outcome of the ICVM of April 2013 showed a lot of improvement in Botswana’s compliance with ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPS), it however resulted in the identification of two SSCs in Operations of Aircraft (OPS) and Airworthiness of Aircraft (AIR) which led to Botswana being placed in the SSC list.

The removal of the SSC was anticipated as, during the closing brief held at the end of the ICVM on 16 December 2015, the ICAO Team highlighted the following:

1. Botswana has made significant progress since the ICVM held in April 2013 in implementing ICAO SARPS. The Team indicated that, based on work done to address the two (2) SSCs, it would recommend to ICAO that the SSCs be removed.

 

2. In terms of Effective Implementation (EI) of ICAO SARPS, the Team indicated that Botswana has moved from a rating of 53.78% in 2013 to 71.32% after the December 2015 ICVM. This remarkable improvement in Botswana’s rating puts the country above both the Africa and global averages of 46.39% and 62.96% respectively.

3. The Team applauded Botswana for the excellent preparations made for the ICVM stating that the presentation of evidence to the Team demonstrated the great effort put in implementing the Corrective Action Plan (CAP) and the extensive preparations for the ICVM.

 

The removal of the SSCs and the tremendous improvement in Botswana’s rating represent major milestones in the Botswana civil aviation industry. This will contribute towards rebuilding confidence in the aviation safety capability of CAAB. CAAB wishes to note that, the results of the ICVM are reflective of the huge effort that was put by all stakeholders, in particular staff of CAAB, but would not have been possible without the support and assistance of the Ministry of Transport and Communications, the Board of the CAAB and operators.

 

Issued on 12 January 2016

 

For further information please contact

Modipe Nkwe

Public Affairs

Civil Aviation Authority of Botswana

Email: mnkwe @caab.co.bw