Dec 05, 2016
MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR GENERAL,
HAMZA S. JOHARI, TO MARK THE INTERNATIONAL CIVIL AVIATION DAY, 7 DECEMBER 2016
Today, Tanzania joins the rest of the world in commemorating the signing of the Convention on International Civil Aviation, more popularly as the ‘Chicago Convention’, and the birth of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) on 7th December 1944.
The Convention is the defining international agreement, which has since permitted the global civil aviation system to develop peacefully and in a manner benefitting all peoples and nations of the world. ICAO was established with a core objective of ensuring safe, orderly and efficient development of international air transport.
The theme for this year’s International Civil Aviation Day is Working Together to Ensure No country is Left behind. The No Country Left Behind (NCLB) Initiative; which seeks to highlight ICAO’s efforts to assist States in implementing ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) with the primary aim to better harmonize SARPs globally so that all States have access to the significant socio-economic benefits of safe and reliable air transport. The significance of the Initiative is that it recognizes the large discrepancies with respect to how some States implement ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs).
The world is celebrating the growth of Air transport 72 years after the signing of the Chicago Convention which since its first inception it has undergone several amendments to meet the demand of the fast growing aviation industry. Our local theme in marking the international civil aviation day is No person shall be left behind as agreed by stakeholders in the sub-sector. We aspire to build an industry which will be accessible and serve everyone and every sector of the economy and social development.
The seventy two years has seen development of the international civil aviation into a very big global industry relating significantly to the world population in their everyday life. Air transport is not only a catalyst to economic activities, but is an economic activity itself. It becomes perhaps important that we understand the global impacts of aviation given that we have 40 million flights globally; 3.5 billion passengers; 51 million tonnes of freight; over 14 000 scheduled airlines; more than 27 000 aircraft; more than 4 130 airports and 173 Air Navigation Centres.
It is for this reason that as we mark the seventy two years of international commercial air transport in Tanzania, we will be focusing on the achievements and challenges to our air transport industry and looking at the strategies needed in enhancing air transport development. The objective being to make civil aviation contribute more to the national economy of an industrialised medium economy as well as matching with the global industry growth and needs.
It is apparent that, our air transport is growing day by day due to liberalisation, which is being implemented within the industry as championed by ICAO and regional approaches. The ongoing discussions and practices at global, regional and local level is clear evidence to this. The United Republic of Tanzania has concluded Bilateral Air Services Agreements with 61 States, some of which are on open-skies agreements for the purpose of establishing and operating Air Services between and beyond our respective Territories.
The Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority in collaboration with stakeholders is working hard to ensure that there is fair competition by industry players without compromising safety and security standards. On the regulatory side, the Authority is striving to have adequate competent personnel who can provide safety, security and economic oversight for the industry.
The United Republic of Tanzania recognizes that Global Civil Aviation Safety and Security is dependent on each Contracting State to effectively implement international standards and recommended practices (SARPs) and applicable procedures. We have gone further to harmonise the regulations within the East African Community and the establishment of regional Civil Aviation Safety and Security Agency (CASSOA) to ensure that we have similar playing ground within the Region. We have a collective responsibility to ensure that all our stakeholders keep pace with 39th ICAO Assembly and TCAA’s new regulations as they come in and ensure that the same are effectively implemented.
With regard to infrastructure, proper airport and air navigation infrastructures are important elements in ensuring efficient air transport services. Tanzania has over 368 airports out of which three airports are international airport. Six airports which include the three international airports are certificated as per the Civil Aviation (Aerodromes) Regulations in line with the requirements of the international standards as issued by ICAO in Annex 14 of the Chicago Convention.
Julius Nyerere International Airport Terminal 3 will be commissioned in 2018. In order to meet the anticipated air transport growth demands, new airports, modernisation or expansion programmes at our international airports are being undertaken. The intention is to have a network of airports, which will cover the whole country, with a capacity to handle modern aircraft operations as well as to provide the services for 24 hours.
As for the air navigation services, the Authority is taking all possible efforts to modernise facilities and equipment to meet local and international air navigation standards. Installation of Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B) on the eastern part of our airspace has been completed. This will enable aircraft determine their positions via Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) and periodically broadcast their positions to ground stations. The installation of ADSB system on the western part of our airspace will commence in the near future. The system would provide surveillance to cover the whole country including part of the Indian Ocean within our Flight Information Region.
In addition, installation of Aeronautical Message Handling System (AMHS), which would replace and upgrade the existing Aeronautical Fixed Telecommunication Network (AFTN) has also been completed. Training is ongoing and commissioning of the system will follow soon. This new system performs an operational role similar to the Aeronautical Fixed Telecommunication Network (AFTN) but with more advanced operational capabilities. The installation of this system would allow air traffic services (ATS) messages to be exchanged between service users more efficiently and effectively.
Furthermore, to enhance our total surveillance capacity on our airspace, we are now procuring four (4) Civilian Radars from our own source of funds in this fiscal year. One will replace the obsolete radar at Julius Nyerere International Airport and the remaining three shall be installed at Mwanza, Kilimanjaro and Mbeya Airports. The project shall commence in January 2017 and expected to end early 2018. The Authority has made a paradigm to this strategic objective by maximising our internal financial capacity instead of relying from the central government funds wihich has a lot of top most priorities to undertake.
With regard to shortage of aviation technical personnel, which is a worldwide concern, the Authority wishes to appreciate the support of the stakeholders in the establishment of the Training Fund which is being used to train the required technical personnel. The first batch of pilot students supported by this fund were trained at 43 Air School in South Africa and graduated with commercial pilot training.
Following the successful completion of the first batch of the pilots training, it is our hope that this will serve as a motivation to our stakeholders to continue supporting the Fund by contributing into it to ensure its sustainability. We have made some slight amendments to the Training Fund Reguations to enhance operators comfortability towards their contributions to this important fund. We shall also ensure that our Civil Aviation Training Centre play its role to feed the industry with the demanding skills. We shall also work in collaboration with National Institute of Transport (NIT) through the established School of Aviation in filling the human capital gap in the industry
On this very precious day, I would like to take this opportunity to wish all stakeholders and the travelling public at large profound success in your day to day endeavours as we celebrate the 2016 International Civil Aviation Day. Let us, Cooperate, Collaborate and work together towards achieving safe, efficient, effective, environmentally friendly and sustainable Aviation industry in the country. It is very apparent that we have to do more and better endlessly to meet our objectives as a nation.