GCAA Boss worried over blacklisting of African airlines
Posted on: 2010-Oct-04        Chronicle
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The Director General of the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), Air Commodore Kwame Mamphey, has bemoaned the persistent blacklisting of African airlines by the European Union, as of serious concern to the African continent.

“It appears that it is being used as a means of gaining unfair competitive advantage over smaller airlines and state,” he stated.

He noted that procedures and criteria outlined within the Bilateral Air Service Agreement should be the basis for enforcement of action and the application of sanctions adding, “but not in a manner in which it is being applied.”

Consequently, he called on the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) to ensure a level playing field for all states in the application of Air Transport Policies. Air Commander Mamphey made these comments in a speech he delivered to the representatives of 190 contracting states at the 37th Session of the ICAO Assembly in Montreal, Canada.

The Assembly meets every triennium to deliberate on developments in the air transport industry, in order to formulate policies and strategies to address them.He told the session that Ghana endorses the ICAO’s transition from the Universal Safety oversight Audit program (USOAP) to the Continuous Monitoring Approach in Safety Oversight, since it would keep the ICAO and the CAA’s of the contracting states abreast with Safety Oversight Standards on a continuous basis
He intimated that Ghana, as a member of the Banjul Accord Group (BAG), remains committed to the Regional Approach to the Management of Safety.Consequently, Ghana has played a leading role in transforming Cooperative Development of Operational Safety and Continuing Airworthiness Programme (COSCAP) to the Banjul Accord Safety Oversight Organisation (BAGASOO), comprising Ghana, Nigeria, Gambia, Liberia, Cape Verde and Guinea.

Additionally he stated that Ghana had pledged its support for the programme of Action on International Aviation and Climate Change, in order to combat the adverse effects of Air Transport on the environment.

Air Commander Kwame Mamphey again, urged the session to adopt innovative methods to combat the emerging Global Security threats, and advised all states on the urgent need to embrace the harmonization and codification of the security conventions.

He further declared Ghana’s commitment to the 2010 Abuja Joint Declaration on Aviation Security, and considered its roadmap as a step in the right direction.