|SASO MEMBERS ASKED NOT TO REINVENT THE WHEEL RATHER COLLABORATE WITH OTHER REGIONAL’S BODIES|
The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Member States have been reminded not to reinvent the wheel rather grab opportunities through learning from mature organizations like the other Regional Safety Oversight Organizations (RSOO’s) as well as eliminate the silos and sovereignty mentality since aviation transcends borders.
This was revealed during the virtual Conference held on 20th May 2021, under the theme “SASO, the way forward for SADC”. The main objective of the Conference was to solicit commitment from Member States to move towards the full operationalization of SADC Aviation Safety Organization(SASO), so that tangible benefits can be provided by the Organization to its Member States, and in particular, the setting up of the National Safety Inspectors (NSI) Programme.
It was further noted on the importance of working together as a Region and forging relations with other organizations like AUC, AFCAC, so as to try and address gaps in the SADC region making sure there are utmost maximization of resources available in the Region.
Member States have agreed to demonstrate commitment to SASO since the aim is to promote safe and efficient use and development of civil aviation within the SADC region.
Amongst the attendees were, representatives from majority of the SADC Member States. International and regional aviation industry organizations and regional safety oversight entities, including African Union Commission (AUC), African Civil Aviation Commission (AFCAC), International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), the EAC Civil Aviation Safety and Security Oversight Agency (CASSOA) and the Banjul Accord Group Aviation Safety Oversight Organization (BAGASOO).
Director General Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority – Hamza S. Johari was the Chairman and Programme Director for this important Conference to SADC member states and Africa at large.