Ghana achieves highest aviation safety rating in Africa

Joseph Kofi Adda, Minister for Aviation

Ghana has obtained a provisional Effective Implementation (EI) rate of 89.89 percent, the highest to be scored by an African country.

This follows the successful conclusion of the Coordinated Validation Mission (ICVM) on 3rd April, in line with the United Nations Aviation Agency’s Universal Safety Oversight Audit Programme (USOAP).

This was conducted by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), after a nine-day follow-up onsite activity by a four-member team of experts from ICAO to validate corrective measures undertaken by Ghana following a USOAP audit in November 2006.

It is important to note that, the final rating will be communicated to Ghana within six-weeks after validation of the provisional score by ICAO.

Recognizing this landmark achievement by the Ghana at a press briefing, the Aviation Minister, Joseph Kofi Adda, stressed the need for the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) to immediately develop an action plan towards the implementation of corrective measures that have been recommended by the ICAO team.

“Ghana’s air transport industry enjoys strong government support, which is a crucial determinant for the aviation sector’s ability to maintain an ICAO compliant regulatory framework and to achieve accelerated sustainable growth of the sector in the years ahead,” Adda stated.

Highlighting the government’s vision of re-positioning Ghana as the sub-region’s Aviation hub, the Minister noted Parliament recently passed the Ghana Civil Aviation (Amendment) Act, 2019 (Act 985) together with the Legislative Instrument on Aircraft Accident and Serious Incident Regulations,2019 (LI 2375).

This should ensure an enhanced compliance with ICAO’s Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPS).

Speaking at a debriefing session on the ICVM, the Director-General of GCAA, Ing.

Simon Allotey, reaffirmed the Minister’s remarks, noting that “this enviable milestone is a reflection of the robustness of our safety oversight system which ultimately translates into improved safety of airline operations.”

“By adhering to ICAO’s SARPS related to safety oversight, GCAA effectively ensures that aviation service providers and airline operators maintain an acceptable level of operational safety.”

Assessment Areas

The ICVM assessed Ghana’s safety oversight system on all eight ICAO Critical

Elements (CEs), namely: Primary Aviation Legislation; State Operating Regulations;

State Civil Aviation System and Safety Oversight Functions; and Technical Personnel Qualification and Training.

The other CEs that were validated included Technical Guidance, Tools and the Provision of Safety-Critical Information; Licensing, Certification, Authorization and Approval Obligations; Surveillance Obligations; and Resolution of Safety Concerns.

Ghana recorded a substantial improvement across all eight CEs, and the team from the UN specialised aviation agency identified no significant safety concerns (SSCs).

By Joshua W. Amlanu